Background checks are important for employers to avoid claims of negligent hiring, reduce employee turnover, and create an overall safe work environment. Screening best practices will also reduce cost, reduce the risk of non-compliance, and create consistency in hiring processes. Employers who use background checks to their advantage will be ready for any investigations by regulatory agencies such as the EEOC and the FTC enforcement of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
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Employers depend on accurate criminal history records when making a hiring decision based on background screening. A criminal background check is used to ensure a safer workplace and reduce the risk of negligent hiring claims. When making a hiring decision based on a background check report, however, the employer must show that there is areason that the criminal record affects the hiring decision. The employer's policy must be reasonably related to the job requirements.
So when should employers consider criminal history records? Here's what you need to know...Read More
Employers and HR professionals have quite the task to keep up with updated state regulations and background check industry trends. Changes in employment and recruiting provoke changes in laws and protections for those seeking work, currently working, or working independently. Employers must also be mindful of their hiring practices and screening processes to prevent discrimination or negligent hiring.
Here are 2017 background check and hiring trends and what employers need to know in the new year.Read More
The holidays are approaching and ecommerce and brick-and-mortar retailers are already hiring for the season. Some retailers also employ some of the same individuals as previous seasons. With the mad rush of seasonal hiring and the familiarity of previous seasonal employees, background screening may be skipped because it costs too much or takes too long. Employers must consider that 30% of merchandise or cash stolen is due to employee theft. Even a temporary or trusted employee can cause damage to a retail business' bottom line, reputation, and more.
Retailers: Is it time to screen or rescreen seasonal employees? Here are some questions to consider to understand why background checks are important to seasonal hiring.Read More
When employers screen an applicant and their criminal record is clean, it doesn't necessarily mean that their record remains that way. Unfortunately, employers facing claims of negligent hiring due to workplace violence and employee theft know this all too well. Employees face hardships and challenges in their lives that may lead to activities the employer would deem harmful. New hires may also be held to a different standard than employees who were hired years before.
Is it normal for employers to do periodic background screening of current employees?
Why is it important?
When background screening a new employee or current employees, accuracy is vital. Not only do employers want the truth about potential criminal activities, candidates and employees don't want to lose an employment opportunity due to false information. Employers must also allow the screened applicant time to dispute inaccurate information through the use of FCRA adverse action procedures. In other words, the veracity of criminal background checks is very important.
When screening an employee, how accurate are criminal background checks?Read More
Not only do employers have the task of running their businesses but they must also stay aware of laws that relate to employment. There has been a sharp increase in litigation brought against employers who may be in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act during their hiring and screening processes. If an applicant doesn't pass a background check, the employer must follow a set of "adverse action" procedures to inform the applicant. When these procedures aren't followed, employers are facing fines and lost resources.
A recent court case reveals another potential hit for employers if their hiring processes aren't FCRA-compliant.
Topics: FCRA Compliance
Have you ever hired the perfect employee for a job posting and they never show up for their first day? You, my friend, have been "ghosted". No, that doesn't mean your workplace is haunted. The term originated in the dating world when a romantic interest suddenly goes silent. It has unfortunately taken on a life of its own, trending in the world of human resources.
Much like spirits in the material world, ghosting has no place in employment. Here's why it happens.Read More
Depending on the size of a company, a hiring manager could receive dozens of resumes from candidates that may not be qualified for the job. The challenge is to attract the right candidates and then sort through their resumes to determine which ones have the potential for hire. Technology, by way of artificial intelligence (AI), is the future of recruiting.
AI won't replace humans in the hiring process but HR should be aware of new challenges it presents.Read More
Topics: Hiring and Recruiting
A recent Harvard Business Review article stated that over 40% of adults in America feel lonely. As the 19th U.S. Surgeon General who served from 2014 - 17, the author also noted that employees and up to half of CEOs report feeling lonely in their roles, even if they love their jobs. This "loneliness" epidemic affects not only health, but business as well.