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Using LinkedIn to Find the Right Candidate for the Job

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 16, 2018

The 2018 LinkedIn Workforce Report included incredible statistics on the use of the platform for recruiting and hiring. There are 146 million workers with LinkedIn profiles so finding the right candidate means using the platform wisely and being discerning about it too. Over 20,000 employers are using LinkedIn to recruit job seekers. Is there a good way to stand out from the pack?

What is the best way to use LinkedIn to find the right candidate for a job?

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

More Job Applicants Are Failing Drug Tests

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 09, 2018

As more job applicants are failing pre-employment drug tests than ever before, employers must raise awareness of or reexamine their drug testing and substance abuse policies. A lower unemployment rate is good for the country but it also means that employers have a smaller pool of candidates. Limited job seekers and drug test failures could challenge the hiring policies of employers. Nevertheless, employers still have the right to screen candidates for drug usage, especially with the legalization of marijuana and an opioid addiction crisis. 

Here are some statistics on failed drug tests and how employers can keep a drug-free workplace.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

What’s with all the jargon? Background Check Terms and Definitions

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 02, 2018

As with any industry, terminology matters. Background check jargon can be challenging but it is helpful to have a basic understanding of some terms. A professional background screening company will also guide hiring managers, property managers and non-profit organizations through the process, pointing out ways to save both time and money. Background checks prior to employment (or during), before renting to a tenant, or hiring a volunteer is important to hiring and placing quality individuals but efficiency counts too.

Manage risk, save time and money with this list of jargon, terms, and definitions behind background checks. 

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Topics: Tenant Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

The History of Employment Background Screening

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Background checks reveal information about a person's character, reputation, and experience. Depending on the types of screens, these exploratory investigations vary on the information they'll uncover.  Employers may use background checks to disclose personal finance information, civil records, education, licensing, criminal records, and previous employment history.

As more employers rely on background checks to screen job candidates, the history of employment background screening reveals why.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening

Employers, You Can Make the Workplace Safer from Sexual Harassment

Posted by Tonya Cauduro on Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Since entering the workforce as a teenager, I've made friends, built lifelong relationships, and in many cases, been the only female in the workplace. Most of the time, I felt respected and treated equally. I've also had my fair share of wage gap disputes, gender bias, and managerial comments that I am certain weren't made to my male colleagues. I can also unfortunately say #MeToo.

Employers, you can do something about sexual harassment. You can create a safer and more dignified workplace with just a few changes.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management, Employment Background Screening

Background Screening and the Legalization of Marijuana

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 12, 2018

*Note: This post has been updated from its original post date of November 10, 2016.

As of January 2018,  8 states and Washington D.C. have passed broad legislation for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use and 29 states for medical use. States that now allow adult citizens to smoke weed include Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Other states have passed laws allowing marijuana for medical use. This list may not be comprehensive and could be outdated as more legislation is passed. We will continue to update when possible.

These results may have employers concerned about background screening and marijuana use on the job. Here are some things to consider.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks

New State Employment Laws for 2018

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 05, 2018

With the new year, many laws that were passed in the previous year become active. For employers, these new laws may require big changes to employment manuals, hiring documents, or important parts of the hiring process. To help make things easier, we've done some research and compiled a list of new state laws that went into effect on January 1 and others to expect this year. This information may not be completely comprehensive, for instance, not all wage laws are covered, so employers must still be aware of integral legislation in their state or local community. 

Here are the hiring and state employment laws going into effect this year...

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting

Top 10 Background Check and Hiring Blogs of 2017

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 29, 2017

With only a few days left of the year, we are looking back to find trends or ideas for posts for the next year. Previous lists from 2014, 2015, and 2016 have helped to guide the direction of this blog to ensure we're providing the necessary information to keep employers and HR professionals informed. Please comment below if you have any topics where we need to take a deeper dive. Our goal is to be a trusted resource to our readers.

What were the top hiring and background check blog posts for 2017?

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

List of Top Background Check Practices

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

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.  

Employers are wise to follow this...

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Topics: Human Resources, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

When Should Employers Consider Criminal History Records?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Dec 07, 2017


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...

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting