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What are the Best Practices for Running Background Checks on Employees?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 21, 2019

Employers look to background checks to protect their business, employees and customers.  As a hiring manager doing the interviews, you may feel that you have a good sense of the applicant. Their resume looks spotless and the conversations have been impressive. Screening your impressive employee isn't adding doubt to your instincts - in fact, a background check should be used to validate what you may already know. 

Here are some best practices for running background checks on employees.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Congress is Considering Federal Ban the Box Rule

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 07, 2019

Over 33 States and 150 cities have been behind the push to "ban the box" and now Congress is considering more widespread legislation.  These laws, also referred to as "fair chance" laws, help to reintegrate ex-offenders successfully into society.  More specifically, the "box" being banned is the question on many employment applications asking, "Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime?"

With more bipartisan support of these laws, members of Congress have introduced the "Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019" or the "Fair Chance Act".

Here's how a federal "ban the box" rule would impact your business.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Employment Law

Yes, Even Enterprise Companies Face EEOC Lawsuits

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 31, 2019

Small businesses aren't the only organizations that may be facing litigation for non-compliance or discrimination. As we frequently feature on this blog, large corporations with full human resources departments still make mistakes. This time, Walmart is facing allegations of racial discrimination due to its background check policies regarding criminal background checks. 

Read more to learn how enterprise companies such as Walmart face EEOC lawsuits. 

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

How to Choose the Best Employment Background Check Company

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, May 20, 2019

As hiring managers or HR professionals, you're not only tasked with hiring the best and brightest but also doing it correctly. With FCRA class action lawsuits, changing legislation and candidates reviewing your hiring process online, your job responsibilities are heavily scrutinized and could put your employer at risk. Choosing a partner to assist and educate with compliance during your hiring process can help minimize that risk. 

Here are best practices for choosing the best employment background check company.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Cost of a Background Check, Hiring and Recruiting

Create Background Check Packages with VeriFirst

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 03, 2019

VeriFirst now offers employers more flexibility when creating background check packages. The Package Builder can help HR teams match their company’s budget and tolerance for risk. As an added bonus, these packages help reduce the amount of wait time for background check results so that hiring managers can make decisions quicker.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening

What Screens are Included in an Employment Background Check?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Apr 15, 2019

Every individual has numerous points of data that can be accessed in a background check. When hiring a new employee, you might assume that you should just "run all the checks". You don't have to. You can save the wait time and the money buy only running the screens necessary for that particular job. 

If you're looking to protect your business, running an employment background check can help minimize the risk of negligent hiring claims and high turnover.  Let's look at a basic employment background check and determine which screens you should include when hiring. 

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening

How Trustworthy is a Credit Report Background Check?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 22, 2019

When an employer or landlord runs a credit check on a future tenant or employee, they expect accurate information. Consumers also want to know that the information is correct and up-to-date. Adverse information on a background check, especially a credit report, can affect employment, housing, buying a car or obtaining a loan.  It's imperative that the information be true, verified and safe.

When running a credit background check on an applicant, can you trust what you see?

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

Easy Background Checks for Employers

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 22, 2019

According to a 2018 study by the Society for Human Resource Management, 73% of human resources professionals say their organizations run background checks. While this is good news for mitigating risk to businesses,  that means that 27% of companies aren't screening before hiring.

While some employers may tout cost as a reason for skipping background checks, the cost of a bad hire can be even more expensive. Other organizations may hesitate due to the challenge and effort involved in finding a quality screening partner that can also help with compliance. VeriFirst can help offer easy background checks for employers, while being cost effective and compliant.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Cost of a Background Check, Hiring and Recruiting

Reduce HR Costs and Increase Compliance with Background Check Packages

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 15, 2019

Employers have discovered that it's more important than ever to run background checks. Unfortunately, businesses of all sizes are still foregoing employment screening due to cost. Considering the cost of non-compliance lawsuits or negligent hiring claims, employers would be wise to investigate why their background screening costs are so expensive. Working with a trusted, professional background check partner can be helpful to saving time and money.

Here's how background check packages help reduce costs and increase compliance for HR.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Cost of a Background Check, Hiring and Recruiting

Your New Hire Failed their Background Check. Now What?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Feb 10, 2019

 
As hiring managers know, searching for the perfect candidate for a job is quite the task, especially in a tight job market. Sorting through endless resumes, making calls and setting up interviews can be time-consuming and mind-numbing. When you land upon the perfect future employee on paper and their interviews are flawless, it feels like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.

So what do you do when your new hire fails their background check? Do you retract the job offer?

 
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Topics: Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting