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How Retailers Hire Quickly During a Pandemic

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Mass layoffs, store and restaurant closures have left many hourly workers concerned about income and insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Retailers, such as Amazon, Instacart and Domino's Pizza, are taking advantage of an expanded talent pool to hire nearly a half a million employees. It's important that these employers hire efficiently as the situation and customer demand calls for it. Can employers hire quickly and still protect their interests?

Here are best practices retailers are using to hire quickly during a pandemic.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

COVID-19 Courthouse Closures and Background Check Impacts

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Due to social distancing/quarantine requirements across the country, employment or tenant background checks can be affected. Select courthouses in various states have temporarily closed onsite access.  Automated (electronic) access may still be available.

In states where not all courts have closed (only select Counties), VeriFirst clients can talk to us about options to conduct electronic court searches, national database searches, and/or statewide criminal searches.

We urge HR teams to contact us to discuss options for screening applicants and employees during these closures. Options may include modifying current background check packages and/or proactively submitting requests to stay ahead of researcher backlogs. 

The following list  includes current courthouse statuses for reopening and closures that may affect background check turnaround times.

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

Can Employers Trust Remote Workers?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 13, 2020

The future of work is remote, according to statistics, and more employers are making accommodations to meet the trend. Whether they're meeting the demands of a tight labor market or the necessity of a public health scare, employers are integrating telecommuting, flexible work days and remote workers into their workforce at a rapid pace. There are plenty of questions surrounding these accommodations - the right tools, the right technology - but the most important component in a successful remote workforce is the right employee.

When implementing a new telecommuting policy, can employers trust remote workers?  

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

What are the Risks of Open Hiring?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 06, 2020

Last month, retailer The Body Shop announced that they would take a different approach to their hiring process. Doing away with the typical application-interview-background-check, the cosmetic company has decided on a simple short interview to determine the employment status of applicants. The intention, much like "ban the box" or other fair chance laws, is to reduce hiring bias and discrimination. The available jobs are then up for grabs to the first applicants who can answer "yes" to the three interview questions. 

While reducing bias is the intention, what are the risks of an "open hiring®" policy?

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

What's the Best Employment Background Check Service?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 28, 2020

When employers want highly qualified top talent, they seek out the best with those skills. Finding an employment background check service is no different.  Some background check services may offer bundled packages or volume discounts. Others may allow employers to pick and choose. Depending on the employer needs, one may be a better fit than the other, much like the talent they need as well. While cost is important,  there is more to an employee background check than price.

What's the best employment background check service? Here's what to look for.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

States Changing Pre-Employment Drug Screening for Marijuana

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 21, 2020

With more states legalizing marijuana use for medical and recreational use, employers have a right to be concerned.  VeriFirst has previously acknowledged that employers have the right to terminate an employee if they test positive for marijuana, however, some states are fighting against this. Even though marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 substance under federal law, states like Nevada and California are considering or passing legislation to rule out drug screening for pot.

Let's take a look at states changing laws regarding pre-employment drug screening for marijuana and what it could mean for employers.

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

When HR Notices Red Flags

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Human resources professionals face daily pressure to hire the right personnel, quickly and efficiently.  They're also tasked with ensuring the new hires are qualified, meet job requirements, fit the personality profile and are adaptable enough to grow with the organization. After a while, a hiring manager may feel that they can see right through exaggerated resumes or lies during an interview.  A background check will also offer more information to determine a worthy candidate. So, what happens when human resources notices something amiss with their candidate?

When HR notices red flags during the hiring process, what happens next?

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

When to Use Instant Background Checks for Employment Screening

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 07, 2020

Interviewing potential employees can take up a lot of time as you try to find the right candidate that fits the job. Apart from learning about the qualifications of the applicants, there are other important things to review including their criminal background, work history, license verification and more. Some companies overlook this because receiving the results on the background checks can take too long. However, in addition to local court searches, there are instant options that you can use to minimize risks to your business.

Know when and how to get Prompt Results for Employee Screening.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening, Cost of a Background Check

Reduce Employee Turnover & Retain Great Employees

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Much of the success of your business depends on your brand reputation and your brand reputation depends on your employees. Everyone who works for your business represents your company. Not only do you want to hire great employees, you want to keep them around. Employee turnover requires more work, more time and more resources than hiring right the first time. 

Here are best practices for reducing your company's employee turnover ...

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Hiring and Recruiting

How HR Affects Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Diversion and Inclusion (D & I) have been the topic for HR managers for a few years now.  The truth is, diversity and inclusion is helpful to the business as a whole, not only as a human resources policy. In 2015, the U.S. Census reported that, for the first time in history, a majority of children (50.2%) under age 5 were considered part of an ethnic group or a minority race. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2018 that 83.9 % of chief executives were white males.  There simply is no reason not to include diversity and inclusion in your business to better reflect your customers and the changing population of the country.

Here's how HR affects diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management, Hiring and Recruiting