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Ryan Howard

Vice President, Business Development at VeriFirst, a BYL Company
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Speed Up Hiring with a Paperless Process

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 16, 2019

Feeling swamped by paperwork? As an HR professional, your desk is a bevy of resumes, applications, contracts and interview notes.  You may even have some electronic or online tasks but the process isn't efficient or consistent. Going paperless not only saves trees but may also reduce the time and effort it takes to recruit and hire. 

Here's how paperless hiring can speed up your recruiting, hiring and on boarding process.

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting

Why Do Background Check Companies Charge Access Fees?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 09, 2019

In the age of the internet and free information, a point of frustration for some business or property owners is paying fees to background screening companies. Data seems to be readily available if you simply take the time to look for it, right? This is one of our most commonly asked questions. As is our usual style, we aim to educate and be transparent to clients who use our service and those who are doing research.

Here's why professional background screening companies have access fees.

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Topics: Cost of a Background Check

Are Background Checks Required Under the SAFETY Act?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 02, 2019

VeriFirst works with many Professional Sports Teams and Stadium managers across the United States. A number of our clients have obtained or are in the process of obtaining SAFETY Act Certification for their stadium and facilities. At a high level, they are doing this to mitigate risk, ensure the safety of their fans and facilities, and leverage a number of additional benefits that are associated with being SAFETY Act Certified.

Read more to learn:

  • What is the SAFETY Act?
  • Who should obtain SAFETY Act designations and certifications?
  • Does the SAFETY Act require or recommend employee or personnel background checks?
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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Professional Sports Screening, Employment Law

What Background Checks Look Like in a Multigenerational Workforce

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jul 18, 2019

Employers are at an interesting era of creating a multigenerational workforce. Workplaces are more diversified than ever and now include five different generations:

  • The "Silent Generation": born from 1928 - 1945 (2% of the U.S. workforce)
  • Baby Boomers: born 1946 - 1964 (25% of workforce)
  • Generation X: born 1965 - 1980 (33% of workforce)
  • Millennials (Generation Y): born 1981 - 1996 (35% of workforce)
  • Generation Z: born 1997 - (5% of workforce)¹

In and of itself, a workforce made up of employees aged 72+ down to 18 years of age can face challenges of working together, finding inclusive motivation and battling stereotypes. Examining background checks of these groups is even more enlightening. 

Here's what to expect on background checks of a multigenerational workforce.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening

How to Use Employee Background Checks Wisely

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 05, 2019

No matter the size of the business, turnover is costly.  It's estimated that the cost of replacing each employee is about three fourths of their salary.  This, of course, means that a hiring mistake can be costly even if the employee doesn't file post-separation action such as a discrimination claim or wrongful termination suit.

In order to protect the company's investment in the assets that are its employees, HR professionals are increasingly relying on tools designed to help ensure that only the "best" candidates are selected. They expect that these candidates are already perfect or are likely to develop into great employees. Among the most popular and effective of those tools is employment background screening. 

Here are best practices for using employment background checks wisely.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening

Cost of a Background Check: How Much Should You Pay?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Jul 02, 2019

Over the past decade, the consumer reporting and background screening industry has seen significant growth. With growth typically comes competition, and with competition usually comes aggressive pricing. The cost of a criminal background check can vary by search type and by screening company (aka Consumer Reporting Agency - CRA). This post is to provide an estimate of what employers and landlords can expect to pay when conducting employment and tenant screening.   

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Topics: Tenant Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, Cost of a Background Check

Background Checks on First-Time Job Candidates and Recent Grads

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 28, 2019

Employers hiring recent graduates or first-time job candidates are faced with a different set of challenges during background checks. For one thing, there's not much in the "job history" category.  Younger generations aren't going to be familiar with a hiring process or what it entails. They need patience and understanding - especially if they really enjoyed their youth and got in trouble with the law. 

Here are some considerations during employment background checks for first time job seekers and recent grads.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

What are the Best Practices for Running Background Checks on Employees?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 21, 2019

Employers look to background checks to protect their business, employees and customers.  As a hiring manager doing the interviews, you may feel that you have a good sense of the applicant. Their resume looks spotless and the conversations have been impressive. Screening your impressive employee isn't adding doubt to your instincts - in fact, a background check should be used to validate what you may already know. 

Here are some best practices for running background checks on employees.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Congress is Considering Federal Ban the Box Rule

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 07, 2019

Over 33 States and 150 cities have been behind the push to "ban the box" and now Congress is considering more widespread legislation.  These laws, also referred to as "fair chance" laws, help to reintegrate ex-offenders successfully into society.  More specifically, the "box" being banned is the question on many employment applications asking, "Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime?"

With more bipartisan support of these laws, members of Congress have introduced the "Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019" or the "Fair Chance Act".

Here's how a federal "ban the box" rule would impact your business.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Employment Law

Yes, Even Enterprise Companies Face EEOC Lawsuits

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 31, 2019

Small businesses aren't the only organizations that may be facing litigation for non-compliance or discrimination. As we frequently feature on this blog, large corporations with full human resources departments still make mistakes. This time, Walmart is facing allegations of racial discrimination due to its background check policies regarding criminal background checks. 

Read more to learn how enterprise companies such as Walmart face EEOC lawsuits. 

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