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Ryan Howard

Vice President, Business Development at VeriFirst, a BYL Company
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The Need for a Hiring Decision Matrix

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Sep 17, 2018

Decision matrices are used by executives for all manner of business decisions that include many variables and multiple choices. When consistency is required and emotion must be removed, such as with hiring, a decision matrix can be a valuable tool. Federal legislation also recommends consistency and objectivity. The EEOC and other anti-discrimination laws rely on employers to reduce bias so that all applicants get a fair chance. 

A decision making matrix during the hiring process can be the perfect tool for leaders. Here are a few examples.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting, Employment Background Screening

Timing of an Adverse Action Notice: FCRA Compliance

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 07, 2018

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), employers, landlords and "end users of consumer reports" are required to notify applicants in writing if a decision may be made to pursue adverse action based upon the results of the report. In other words, if an applicant will be denied a job or promotion, or if they may be denied housing because the results of their background check look suspect, they need to know.  There are numerous FCRA claim filings that reveal the importance of these adverse action notices. 
 

To remain FCRA compliant, consider the following timing for sending adverse action notices.

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

Discourage Fraud in the Workplace with Best Practices

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 31, 2018

Unfortunately, both small-to-medium and enterprise businesses are prone to fraud and the 2018 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse dives deeper into the reasons why. The study looked at over 2,000 cases of occupational fraud reported over the previous two years, in 125 countries and in 23 industries. The most common fraud scheme was corruption among the executives and employees within an organization. Surprisingly, a few simple practices could minimize the risk of fraudulent activities.

Here are best practices for businesses of all sizes to reduce occupational fraud.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Employee Relationship Management

In the News: Workplace Harassment and the EEOC

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 17, 2018

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been quite busy this year including last week's lawsuits against seven employers for allegations of workplace harassment. This week, more lawsuits have been filed, including one against Grand Hyatt for disability discrimination and one against a Georgia restaurant for pregnancy discrimination. Employers are wise to examine these cases closely to ensure compliance with EEOC regulations. 

Let's take a closer look at some of the EEOC lawsuits and how employers should comply.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management

Can Employers Look at a Job Candidate's Credit Report?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 10, 2018

Employers run background checks on employees to keep both their business and their customers' interest safe. A basic background check is used to verify a potential employee's identity and determine if there was any past criminal activity. Credit checks aren't necessarily included in a basic screening but would be used if the job description requires it and could affect employment chances. Federal law prohibits employment discrimination based on gender, race, and religion, however as of this writing, only 11 states have limits against discrimination based on credit.

Can an employer look at an applicant's credit report? The answer is, "It depends."

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

Why Do Some Background Checks Take Longer than Others?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jul 30, 2018

Employers and job seekers alike struggle with the time it takes to receive background check results. The waiting is the hardest part... 

Most frustrating is that some background checks seem to take less time than others, leaving hiring managers scratching their heads wondering why. In general, the results of a background check could take 2 or 3 business days but there are many factors that could affect that number. 

Why do some background checks take longer than others? 

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

Background Check Resources for Small Businesses

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Jul 25, 2018

Background checks are important for any size business but may be overlooked by small businesses who don't hire regularly or don't know where to begin.  Some growing businesses may also opt out of screening due to time constraints or cost. Small businesses, however, have a lot more to lose by not screening new employees. If the wrong employee is hired, there's a huge loss of time and money. If the employee doesn't represent your company well, you could be sued for negligent hiring or face brand reputation challenges.

Background checks don't have to be a pain for small businesses. Use this handy resource list to get started and keep your company safe.

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

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: Employment Background Screening, Types of Background Checks

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