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Ryan Howard

Vice President, Business Development at VeriFirst, a BYL Company
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Spring Cleaning for Your HR Department

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 29, 2019

The birds are nesting and the allergies are in full swing. Welcome to Spring! If you're feeling inspired to clean out the garage, keep the energy going and consider doing some spring cleaning in your HR department. As is our focus, this post will mostly be related to hiring and screening employees. Benefits and other human resources functions could also be looked over or refreshed this time of year. 

Take this time to do some spring cleaning for your HR department! 🌻🌼

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Topics: Human Resources

How Trustworthy is a Credit Report Background Check?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 22, 2019

When an employer or landlord runs a credit check on a future tenant or employee, they expect accurate information. Consumers also want to know that the information is correct and up-to-date. Adverse information on a background check, especially a credit report, can affect employment, housing, buying a car or obtaining a loan.  It's imperative that the information be true, verified and safe.

When running a credit background check on an applicant, can you trust what you see?

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

Can a landlord run a background check without permission?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 15, 2019

Keeping individual, multi-family or student rental properties safe, clean and rentable is just as important as having the rent paid on time. Landlords who have not screened their tenants may be curious about background checks, especially if rent isn't being paid or if suspicious activity arises. Property owners who are looking for highly qualified individuals may also have questions about screening future tenants. There are lots of different ways to look into the past of tenants, including a "cheap internet search" but they could cause more trouble than they're worth. As a landlord or property owner, it's best to obtain background checks legally.

So is it legal for a landlord run a background check without permission?

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Topics: Tenant Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

How Often Are Background Checks Updated?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 08, 2019

To individuals and businesses alike, background checks can be a mystery. Where are consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) or background screening companies getting their information? How accurate is the data? Is there a reason to update a background check on an employee? Just how well do you know your employees? At VeriFirst, our mission is to be a trusted and transparent screening provider so let's dive into these questions.

How often are background checks updated and where is the information coming from?

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Topics: Human Resources, Types of Background Checks

Easy Background Checks for Employers

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 22, 2019

According to a 2018 study by the Society for Human Resource Management, 73% of human resources professionals say their organizations run background checks. While this is good news for mitigating risk to businesses,  that means that 27% of companies aren't screening before hiring.

While some employers may tout cost as a reason for skipping background checks, the cost of a bad hire can be even more expensive. Other organizations may hesitate due to the challenge and effort involved in finding a quality screening partner that can also help with compliance. VeriFirst can help offer easy background checks for employers, while being cost effective and compliant.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Cost of a Background Check, Hiring and Recruiting

Reduce HR Costs and Increase Compliance with Background Check Packages

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 15, 2019

Employers have discovered that it's more important than ever to run background checks. Unfortunately, businesses of all sizes are still foregoing employment screening due to cost. Considering the cost of non-compliance lawsuits or negligent hiring claims, employers would be wise to investigate why their background screening costs are so expensive. Working with a trusted, professional background check partner can be helpful to saving time and money.

Here's how background check packages help reduce costs and increase compliance for HR.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Cost of a Background Check, Hiring and Recruiting

Your New Hire Failed their Background Check. Now What?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Feb 10, 2019

 
As hiring managers know, searching for the perfect candidate for a job is quite the task, especially in a tight job market. Sorting through endless resumes, making calls and setting up interviews can be time-consuming and mind-numbing. When you land upon the perfect future employee on paper and their interviews are flawless, it feels like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.

So what do you do when your new hire fails their background check? Do you retract the job offer?

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

Can You Include Social Media in Background Checks?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sat, Feb 09, 2019

We do get asked this question occasionally (and probably should more often). Recruiters and hiring managers may naturally peruse an applicant's social posts - especially if they've applied via a social network such as LinkedIn. Is it a good idea?

Let's take a closer look at why an employer would want to check out a potential employee's use of social media. Can you include social media in background checks?

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening

A Small Business Guide to Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 08, 2019

When hiring for small businesses, terms like "flexible" and "wear many hats" are usually in the job description. After all, a small business is a growing business and employees must be willing to do their share, and probably even more, to ensure success and hiring of more employees. Hiring at the right time is challenging enough without considering if the person has unsettling marks on their history. Many small businesses find that background screening is too cost-prohibitive or complex. This doesn't have to be the case.

Here is a helpful guide to background checks for small businesses.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening

What Happens When an Employee Fails a Drug Test?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 01, 2019

Many employers will require a new hire to take a pre-employment drug test. Some employers may also require random drug testing during the employee's tenure with the company, especially if there is some suspicion of drug usage or the usage can affect the employee's ability to perform their job. What happens when an employee or new hire fails a drug test? It really depends on the situation.

Here are some examples of what could happen next.

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Topics: Human Resources, Types of Background Checks, Employee Relationship Management