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List of Top Background Check Practices

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Background checks are important for employers to avoid claims of negligent hiring, reduce employee turnover, and create an overall safe work environment. Screening best practices will also reduce cost, reduce the risk of non-compliance, and create consistency in hiring processes. Employers who use background checks to their advantage will be ready for any investigations by regulatory agencies such as the EEOC and the FTC enforcement of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  

Employers are wise to follow this...

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

When Should Employers Consider Criminal History Records?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Dec 07, 2017

 

Employers depend on accurate criminal history records when making a hiring decision based on background screening. A criminal background check is used to ensure a safer workplace and reduce the risk of negligent hiring claims. When making a hiring decision based on a background check report, however, the employer must show that there is areason that the criminal record affects the hiring decision. The employer's policy must be reasonably related to the job requirements.  

So when should employers consider criminal history records? Here's what you need to know...

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

2017 Background Check Trends: What Employers Need to Know for 2018

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 01, 2017

Employers and HR professionals have quite the task to keep up with updated state regulations and background check industry trends. Changes in employment and recruiting provoke changes in laws and protections for those seeking work, currently working, or working independently. Employers must also be mindful of their hiring practices and screening processes to prevent discrimination or negligent hiring. 

Here are 2017 background check and hiring trends and what employers need to know in the new year.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting, Immigration

Why Periodic Background Screening of Current Employees is Important

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Nov 17, 2017

When employers screen an applicant and their criminal record is clean, it doesn't necessarily mean that their record remains that way.  Unfortunately, employers facing claims of negligent hiring due to workplace violence and employee theft know this all too well. Employees face hardships and challenges in their lives that may lead to activities the employer would deem harmful. New hires may also be held to a different standard than employees who were hired years before. 

Is it normal for employers to do periodic background screening of current employees?
Why is it important?

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

How Accurate are Employee Criminal Background Checks?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Nov 09, 2017

When background screening a new employee or current employees, accuracy is vital. Not only do employers want the truth about potential criminal activities, candidates and employees don't want to lose an employment opportunity due to false information.  Employers must also allow the screened applicant time to dispute inaccurate information through the use of FCRA adverse action procedures.  In other words, the veracity of criminal background checks is very important.

When screening an employee, how accurate are criminal background checks?

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

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

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

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

Can Employers ask about Salary History?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jul 06, 2017

The state of California is considering a bill to ban employers from asking job applicants about salary history. Some cities and states such as New York City, Oregon and Philadelphia have already passed bans against employer inquiries of pay history. Proponents of this wave of legislation say that sharing salary history, especially those who already experience pay discrimination, could lead to more wage inequality.

Employers want to know: How will salary history laws affect hiring and screening practices?

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting