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Accurate Background Checks for Employers

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Sep 21, 2017

When employers run background checks, the primary concern is the safety of their business and their employees. Does the applicant have a criminal record? Is the data collected in the application process true? Are there lies on the resume? During the hiring process, the information obtained in the background report is assumed to be true and reliable for the hiring decision. In fact, hiring managers must be aware of the potential of inaccurate data and the myriad ways it can affect the organization.

Why is accuracy so important for background checks? Here are some considerations.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening

What Affects the Cost of a Background Check?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Background checks are more common than ever, not only to employers, but also landlords, businesses seeking to verify customers, non-profits, lenders, law enforcement, and anyone who requires validation of personal safety. These screens offer valuable insights during important decisions including verification of identification, employment, and trustworthiness. With the growth of the market, the cost of a background check can vary depending on many factors. Read on to learn more.

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Topics: Cost of a Background Check

The Latest HR and Employment Legislation

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 08, 2017

With nearly 200 pieces of new U.S. legislation introduced that are related to labor and employment so far in 2017, less than 5% of typically becomes law. Still, employers must stay informed of pending legislation that may affect their hiring, firing and employment of citizens or else face fines or punitive damages for noncompliance. 

Here is the latest HR and Employment Legislation News this week.

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting, Immigration

How to Conduct Compliant Employee Background Checks on New Hires

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 01, 2017

If your business is hiring new employees, there are certain steps to follow to ensure a smooth process for both employer and job seeker.  Employers are legally regulated to prevent hiring discrimination, maintain security and privacy of an applicant's information, and provide a safe workplace environment.  If a candidate is not hired, especially due to the results of a background check, they could take an employer to court if the hiring process wasn't ethical or compliant. Hiring the wrong employees consumes more resources leading to lower employee morale and more time and money required to recover from employee turnover. 

To conduct compliant employee background checks on new hires, we've compiled this easy-to-follow guide. 

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Slow Hiring Process? Here's Why.

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 25, 2017

 

The company Glassdoor published its recent study about hiring delays earlier this month.  The research looked at over 80,000 company hiring reviews from the United States and other countries. The study highlights the differences based on industry and location to give job seekers an idea of what to expect during the hiring process.  Glassdoor also noted that companies do have control over the length of the interview/hiring process as "company-specific factors" explained some of the variation in delays.

Want to speed up your company's slow hiring process? First, determine what's causing the slow down.

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

7 Reasons to Hire an HR Professional

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Small businesses may regard the necessity of back office operations as a part time job. While accounting or human resources may not be the bulk of the company needs, hiring professionals for these duties greatly reduces stress for those who are not experts and increases the growth potential of the business. Want to hire the right people for your business, reduce turnover, and mitigate litigation risk?

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting

How to Spot and Prevent a Workplace Bully

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Toxic co-workers can infect a workplace, especially if your co-worker becomes abusive, belittling or violent. Perhaps the behavior started with snarky comments or gossip and has slowly escalated to a level of discomfort or avoidance of the person altogether. Even if the behavior is only affecting you or someone you know, it should be reported to the human resources department. Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe and comfortable working environment for employees. 

Employers take note: Here's how to spot and prevent a workplace bully.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management

Who is Lying on a Resume? Here's How to Find the Truth.

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 28, 2017

As if reviewing hundreds of resumes isn't challenging enough, hiring managers also have to be diligent in detecting falsities. When statistics and surveys consistently reveal that at least 50% of job seekers will lie on their resumes, it can be quite the challenge to reveal the truth about your applicant. The good news is that hiring managers do have a not-so-secret weapon to determine the truth-tellers from those who aren't being so forthcoming. 

Like Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth, hiring managers can discover who is lying on a resume. Here's how.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

Reduce Hiring Bias with Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 21, 2017

 

If you were to take a survey of your current employees, would you find that you've hired people from all walks of life? Some companies aren't aware of bias in their recruitment and hiring of employees. Implicit bias is, by its very definition, unconscious. When companies are biased in their hiring, without being conscious of it, how can the challenge be resolved? Is there a way to reduce bias during the hiring process?

Can background checks reduce bias in hiring and recruiting of employees?

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

Background Checks for Sports, Arena & Stadium Operations

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 14, 2017

When attending a professional sports game, concert, or event, you will likely have to open your bags and/or walk through a metal detector before being allowed into the arena. Read about any college  or professional sports team draft and you'll likely hear discussions about screening players before they're considered. Do you think about the background of the hot dog vendor who's scanning your credit card or the security team that escorts you out of the stadium?

Hiring managers can be All-Stars too by keeping stadium employees and customers safe.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Professional Sports Screening