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Should Your Company Have a Holiday Party?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 07, 2018

The #MeToo movement may be affecting the annual company holiday party tradition, according to a recent study quoted on HRDive. Even though consumer and corporate confidence in the economy is higher than last year, the amount of companies planning to host a holiday party is as low as it was in 2009. The reason? Alcohol, the potential for inappropriate behavior and the liability of the HR department and the company throwing the shindig. While 57% of employees have seen their co-workers drunk, many businesses are considering a way to make the annual gathering less...wild.

Should your company have a holiday party? Let's offer some ideas to avoid bad behavior.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management, Employment Background Screening

What Employers Need to Know About Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Dec 03, 2018

Whether it's your first hire or your thousandth, employers should have very clear and thorough knowledge of background checks. Pre-employment background checks are highly recommended to reduce turnover, minimize risk of negligent hiring and legal costs. At a minimum, employers should be verifying previous employment, education, criminal records, and credentials. 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has recommendations for screening candidates that employers must also follow so they won't be responsible for punitive damages if the candidate decides to file a claim. Employers should also know what screens to ask for, how to get a faster turnaround and at a fair cost.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

How to Select a Background Check Package for New Hires

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Nov 19, 2018

When hiring a new employee, it may be tempting to run every background check available. This is a bad idea for two reasons - (1) running unneeded background checks will take longer and (2) they'll cost more too.

Instead of checking the box on every background check, consider certain background checks may only be needed for certain types of jobs. Understanding the types of background checks, and what information they reveal, can also be helpful to determine which background checks best fit the situation.

How to select a background check package for new hires

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

HR Policy for Criminal Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Nov 09, 2018

Creating a background check policy allows your human resources department to be consistent during the hiring, promotion and terminations processes. Employers must be mindful of applicant rights when applying a background check policy and any local, state or federal employment laws applicable in your area.  Attempting to remember screening procedures as well as compliance rules can be challenging, especially if hiring is done sporadically or not as often. A screening policy is a dependable, company-wide policy that helps to create a positive experience for hiring managers and employees.

Here are the most important steps to creating an HR policy for criminal background checks.

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

The Masks Applicants Wear to Hide Who They Are

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Most people lie on their resume. The typical resume untruths are embellishments or exaggerations so the candidate sounds more impressive or more experienced than they are. Earlier this year, CareerBuilder reported that 45% of hiring managers can't find qualified talent so fluffing up credentials is happening more than ever. These resume white lies may not necessarily reveal a bad hire if the candidate is bright, hardworking and willing to learn. Some applicants, however, may be hiding who they really are and it's up to the discerning hiring manager to uncover the scary truth underneath .

Here's what you may find behind the masks some applicants wear.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting, Employment Background Screening

How Background Checks Affect Workplace Culture

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 12, 2018

Nearly three quarters of employers run background screens on employment applicants. While it is assumed that employers are looking for criminal records, a Reddit thread about background checks uncovered plenty of other valuable and available information to determine if the applicant is a good fit. Those who fit well, perform better and stick around longer, reducing turnover costs and the risk of low morale.

Employers may be closely reviewing background check information to help improve or maintain a positive workplace culture.

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

HR Policy Updates: How to Include Rolling Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 05, 2018

More companies are choosing to screen their employees, both prior to hire and after they are employed. With the “Me Too” movement and the most recent accusations against Judge Kavanaugh, rolling background checks are now considered a good idea for employers wishing to make their workplace safe from sexual harassment.

If your company or HR department has considered rolling background checks, here are some best practices for updating your employment policies to include it.

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

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