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Ryan Howard

Vice President, Business Development at VeriFirst, a BYL Company
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Has Your Driver Had a Background Check?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 13, 2018

 

Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been questioned by, and in some cases forced out of, cities around the world for their policy, or lack thereof, on background checks. In April of this year, Uber announced it would perform ongoing criminal background checks on drivers as well as monitor driver records for criminal arrests. With so much focus on ride-sharing companies, taxi and bus driving companies have also come under fire. 

For transportation companies, it begs the question: Have your drivers had background checks?

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening

Save Money with a Volunteer Background Check Policy

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Jul 03, 2018

As a non-profit, volunteers are often the face of your organization. Volunteering may appear to be selfless dedication of time, but the individuals must also be trustworthy and honest. Instead of opting out of background checks for volunteers due to time restraints or cost, consider the value of working with someone who is a truly helpful  and powerful representative and who has been vetted thoroughly. 

Don't skip background checks. Save money with a volunteer background check policy.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks

Compliance Guide to Background Checks Including Forms and Templates

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 29, 2018

Since the beginning of the VeriFirst blog, the goal has been to provide an educational resource and assistance to employers and property managers. Compliance is important to those who read here, as well as an awareness of the latest employment and housing laws across the nation. VeriFirst's FCRA certified staff works closely with our clients to help with hiring the right employee or placing the perfect tenant.

Bookmark this blog post as a go-to compliance guide with background check forms and templates for employment screening and tenant screening.

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

Company Policies and Job Descriptions: Two Important Keys to Applicant Screening

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 15, 2018

For employers who screen applicants, the process can be overwhelming, time consuming and cost prohibitive. Running background checks, however, can reduce the risk of negligent hiring and high turnover and is a positive step to ensure you're hiring the right employee. To balance out the risks with the potential negative cost of resources, applicant screening can be more accessible and efficient with some HR organization.

Two important keys to applicant screening are company policies and job descriptions.
Here's how they help.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

How to Withdraw a Job Offer After a Background Check

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 08, 2018

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) says that individuals have a right to access the background information stored on them, no one can access it without permissible purpose (such as employment), and they can dispute any information that is wrong. Adverse action procedures are specific in protecting these consumer rights. With the rise in FCRA compliance claims, employers are doing their best to follow regulations during adverse action procedures, including rescinding a job offer. 

When a hiring manager finds an arrest or conviction on a background check, what is the best way to withdraw the job offer and remain FCRA compliant? 

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

Pre-Employment Background Checks: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself from Negligent Hiring Claims

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 01, 2018

When an employer hires someone to work for them, they are asking that person to be a representative of the company. The best outcome is to have hired an employee who is respectful, productive and trustworthy. The worst would be for the employer to face negligent hiring claims in court against a customer or another employee who was hurt in some way by the employee. Negligent hiring claims could be costly, not only in dollars, but to the company's brand and reputation. 

Is your business running pre-employment background checks to protect against negligent hiring claims?

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Topics: Employment Background Screening

Background Checks Shouldn't Cost Your Company a Fortune...

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 31, 2018

Background check costs shouldn't be a fortune (but they could save you one!).

Consider the thought of running background checks on a potential new hire. Did you cringe a little? If so, there's a possibility that you may opt out of background screening altogether. In fact, one of the main reasons some companies avoid background screening is due to cost.

Here's the thing - background checks shouldn't cost your company a fortune. In fact, opting out of a background check can lead to both a time and money suck for your company. 

Background screening can actually be an affordable way to keep your company employees safe and save money along the way.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Cost of a Background Check

It is time to Review Your Tenant Screening Criteria?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 25, 2018

As a property owner or landlord, your goal is to find a tenant who will not only pay on time but also care for your property. VeriFirst's goal, as a background check company, is to help you find the right tenant and also encourage compliance with federal regulations such as FCRA and Fair Housing laws. To stay compliant, this means honoring consumer rights but you also need to protect your business. 

When is the last time you took the time to review your tenant screening criteria?

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

How to Hire Your First Employee

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 18, 2018

When you're hiring your first employee, it may seem overwhelming to consider all that is required to honor your growing business, your customers and those who will be working for you. The best way to hire your first employee is to prepare for it. The point of hiring someone is to help while you turn your focus to other tasks that need your attention. If you're not prepared, you may spend more time directing your new hire than actually getting work done. 

Get ahead of the game with these preparation tips before you hire your first employee.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

Is Your Employee Screening Policy in Compliance with Background Check Regulations?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 11, 2018

If an employer screens applicants regularly, they should be aware of federal,  state and local laws around background checks. Businesses of all sizes are being held to these strict regulations or else they are facing punitive fines in court. Consumer rights are protected against inaccurate reporting of their backgrounds. Other laws penalize for discrimination during the hiring process. If your business is running background checks, your hiring and screening policies should be consistent and compliant.

Is your employee screening policy in compliance? Review these laws to find out.

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