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Why Periodic Background Screening of Current Employees is Important

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Nov 17, 2017

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?

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

How Accurate are Employee Criminal Background Checks?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Nov 09, 2017

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?

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

Court Rules Against Employer in FCRA Compliance Case

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Nov 01, 2017

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.

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Topics: FCRA Compliance

Ghosting in the Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 27, 2017

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.

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Hiring and Recruiting

AI-Based Recruiting Helps and Challenges Hiring

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 20, 2017

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.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

How HR Can Reduce Isolation & Loneliness in the Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 13, 2017

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.

What can human resources professionals to do reduce feelings of isolation in the workplace?

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management

Accurate Background Checks for Employers

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Sep 21, 2017

When employers run background checks, the primary concern is the safety of their business and their employees. Does the applicant have a criminal record? Is the data collected in the application process true? Are there lies on the resume? During the hiring process, the information obtained in the background report is assumed to be true and reliable for the hiring decision. In fact, hiring managers must be aware of the potential of inaccurate data and the myriad ways it can affect the organization.

Why is accuracy so important for background checks? Here are some considerations.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening

What Affects the Cost of a Background Check?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Background checks are more common than ever, not only to employers, but also landlords, businesses seeking to verify customers, non-profits, lenders, law enforcement, and anyone who requires validation of personal safety. These screens offer valuable insights during important decisions including verification of identification, employment, and trustworthiness. With the growth of the market, the cost of a background check can vary depending on many factors. Read on to learn more.

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Topics: Cost of a Background Check

The Latest HR and Employment Legislation

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 08, 2017

With nearly 200 pieces of new U.S. legislation introduced that are related to labor and employment so far in 2017, less than 5% of typically becomes law. Still, employers must stay informed of pending legislation that may affect their hiring, firing and employment of citizens or else face fines or punitive damages for noncompliance. 

Here is the latest HR and Employment Legislation News this week.

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting, Immigration

How to Conduct Compliant Employee Background Checks on New Hires

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 01, 2017

If your business is hiring new employees, there are certain steps to follow to ensure a smooth process for both employer and job seeker.  Employers are legally regulated to prevent hiring discrimination, maintain security and privacy of an applicant's information, and provide a safe workplace environment.  If a candidate is not hired, especially due to the results of a background check, they could take an employer to court if the hiring process wasn't ethical or compliant. Hiring the wrong employees consumes more resources leading to lower employee morale and more time and money required to recover from employee turnover. 

To conduct compliant employee background checks on new hires, we've compiled this easy-to-follow guide. 

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting