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Ryan Howard

Vice President, Business Development at VeriFirst, a BYL Company
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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

The Most Popular and Necessary Background Checks for Volunteers

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 25, 2019

Non-profits, youth sports, religious educators and other charity organizations that recruit volunteers are being held to a higher standard than in previous years.  Simply put, the safety of children and elderly and the security of non-profit finances require handling by those who can be absolutely trusted. Unfortunately, non-profit and charity organizations often skip volunteer screening due to time constraints and cost. 

To save time and money on volunteer background checks, here are the most popular and necessary screens to run.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks

How HR Tech is Changing Hiring and Recruiting

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 18, 2019

Technology is changing how we do most things, business or otherwise. Sales and marketing have new tools at the ready to help increase efficiency and attract a wider audience. Hiring and recruiting, however, still involve the use of traditional HR processes and is often inefficient. Venture capitalists are investing in HR tech and predict more emerging developments in the space in the coming years. If HR tech can streamline hiring and recruiting, employee retention may follow. 

What should employers expect in HR Tech and how will it change hiring and recruiting?

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting

E-Verify is Shutdown: Here's What Employers Can Do

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jan 14, 2019

Employers rely on E-Verify to verify employment eligibility of new hires. Employment eligibility is important to confirm that those being hired are legally allowed to work within the United States and reduces the number of undocumented immigrants employed in states that use it.  With the recent government shutdown, access to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) database via E-Verify is also unavailable.

If employers are unable to verify new hire employment eligibility via E-Verify, what should they do?

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting, Immigration

Hiring Trends and Employment Law in 2019

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jan 03, 2019

It's vital for HR managers to understand the changes happening in hiring and employment so they can attract and retain the best talent and remain compliant with state and federal laws. 2018 and the few years prior have seen a push for reduced bias, equal pay and more demands from a younger workforce. These changes continue to affect not only how to hire, but how to retain current employees, as well as legislative response with new employment laws.

Here's what employers can expect in hiring trends and employment legislation in 2019.

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

Top 10 Background Screening and Hiring Blogs of 2018

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Dec 27, 2018

 

Your views, comments and clicks help to guide the direction of the VeriFirst Background Check blog and inform how to better help our clients.  We hope to continue to provide guidance and education to keep employers and HR professionals informed. Our yearly top ten list may also reveal clues to hiring and background check trends in the new year.

Here is a list of the top background check blog posts for 2018.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Do You Need an Electronic Drug Screening Process?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Dec 23, 2018

The drug testing process can be a mandatory hassle for human resource professionals. Between screening new hires and implementing randomized testing for current employees, the paperwork and lag time between testing and results can become a real issue. Is there a way to make drug screening easier for employers?

Does your human resources department need an electronic drug screening process?

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Topics: Types of Background Checks

Running Background Checks on Current Employees

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sat, Dec 22, 2018

Running a background check on new hires is a common HR practice. Applicants recognize that their criminal backgrounds, credit history, driving records and professional experience (among other things) could possibly be a deterrent to a job offer. Employees currently working for an organization, however, may not expect a background check from their employer. While not a common practice across all industries, we are asked the question with some regularity and thought we should address it.

Should an employer consider running background checks on current employees?

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Topics: Employment Background Screening

Free Sample Background Check Policy

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 21, 2018

Federal and state regulations are changing with practically every class action lawsuit and it can be a challenge to stay abreast of the latest information. In order to take the education even further, we've done some of the work for you, providing free sample templates and other forms that can be used to help with background screening practices. One more template is now available - a free sample background check policy.

Read more to learn why your business may need a background check policy.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting