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Background Checks Shouldn't Cost Your Company a Fortune...

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 31, 2018

Background check costs shouldn't be a fortune (but they could save you one!).

Consider the thought of running background checks on a potential new hire. Did you cringe a little? If so, there's a possibility that you may opt out of background screening altogether. In fact, one of the main reasons some companies avoid background screening is due to cost.

Here's the thing - background checks shouldn't cost your company a fortune. In fact, opting out of a background check can lead to both a time and money suck for your company. 

Background screening can actually be an affordable way to keep your company employees safe and save money along the way.

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Topics: Cost of a Background Check, Employment Background Screening

Is it Time to Rescreen Seasonal Employees?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Nov 22, 2017

The holidays are approaching and ecommerce and brick-and-mortar retailers are already hiring for the season. Some retailers also employ some of the same individuals as previous seasons. With the mad rush of seasonal hiring and the familiarity of previous seasonal employees, background screening may be skipped because it costs too much or takes too long. Employers must consider that 30% of merchandise or cash stolen is due to employee theft. Even a temporary or trusted employee can cause damage to a retail business' bottom line, reputation, and more. 

Retailers: Is it time to screen or rescreen seasonal employees? Here are some questions to consider to understand why background checks are important to seasonal hiring.

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Topics: Cost of a Background Check, Hiring and Recruiting

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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How to Establish a Background Screening Budget for your Business

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 23, 2017

When it comes to determining a budget for background screening, employers must look within. Employee turnover will be drastically different depending on the type of business, the typical ages of employees, the growth or downsizing of the business, if the business has been acquired or merged with another business and more. Even with all of those variables, there is a logical way to determine a background screening budget for your business. 

Budgeting for employee background screening can be achieved with the following considerations.

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Topics: Cost of a Background Check

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

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 02, 2017

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

Why Background Check Companies Charge Access Fees

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 23, 2016

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. After all, data seems to be readily available if you simply take the time to look for it. In fact, this is one of our most commonly asked questions. As is our usual VeriFirst style, we aim to educate and be transparent to clients who use our service.

Allow us to explain why professional background screening companies have access fees.

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Topics: Cost of a Background Check

5 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 02, 2015

With negligent hiring claims on the rise, more organizations are considering background checks for both current and potential employees. Background checks should be a logical step during the hiring process, especially those who will be in contact with the elderly or children, but the cost may be considered a hindrance. It doesn't have to be.

Keep your company safe with these tips to reduce the cost of background checks.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Cost of a Background Check

Why Background Checks save you Money

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Oct 09, 2014

One of the most important business decisions a company can make is to hire the right person for an open position.  Business owners and hiring managers must carefully evaluate a candidate’s experience, skills and education to help determine their qualifications.  An employment background check can help your company hire fully qualified employees while saving your company money in the long run.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Cost of a Background Check

Cheap Background Checks? You get what you pay for.

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Sep 10, 2014

If you regularly need background checks, it’s important to find the right provider. Using the wrong service can be disastrous for your business, which is why you shouldn’t make a decision based on price alone. Here are some things you should keep in mind in order to ensure you choose the right company to fill your background screening needs.

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

Deciphering a Background Check: What to Look For

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Aug 13, 2014

A background check involves investigating a person's employment, criminal and financial history. Although most employers typically want to cut to the chase and see a job candidate's criminal and driving record, there are some practical limitations to these searches. 

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Cost of a Background Check