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What is the Difference Between State and Federal FCRA Laws?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jun 19, 2017

When employers are using credit reports and other background checks to determine their hiring decisions, they must abide by the consumer protections set forth in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Some states have enacted their own FCRA laws that may be more specific and offer greater protections for that state's citizens. As a hiring manager, these two levels of legislation can be overwhelming or confusing during the hiring process.

When screening potential employees, what's the difference between state and federal FCRA laws?

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

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

What is Included in a Background Check for Employment?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jun 01, 2017

When employers are in need of a background check on an applicant, there are a lot of questions that need answers. Will the background information be accurate? Will it be easy to read and understand? How much will it cost? When will it get here? On the VeriFirst blog and through out the screening process, we do our best to let clients know what they can expect and when they can expect it.

See what background check looks like, including common search criteria, turnaround times, and how the information is displayed.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening

Slow Turnaround time for a Background Check? What gives?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 26, 2017

When a hiring manager is anxiously waiting results of a background check, it can feel like forever. If you've already decided that the candidate is perfect, it can seem especially frustrating. Hiring managers are nervous about missing out on high quality candidate and understand the necessity of perfect timing during the hiring process. Should you offer the job or run a background check first? Either way, a background check seems like necessary evil.

When you're ready to secure the future of a job candidate, why does a background check take so long?

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

Awesome Interview? Know When to Extend the Job Offer and When to Conduct the Background Check.

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 19, 2017

After an impressive resume and interview, hiring managers may be ready to offer the job to a great candidate based on gut feelings. Gut feelings, however, could be sidelined by news stories revealing negligent hiring claims, litigation, and lost business when hiring the wrong employee or an employee with a troubled past. If human resource professionals are afraid of missing out on the perfect employee, how should the candidate move through the hiring process?

When is the optimal time to run the background check and when is the optimal time to make a job offer?

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Is it time to update your corporate background check policy?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sat, May 13, 2017

Organizations that wish to keep their employees and customers safe, and avoid negligent hiring claims, implement background checks. For startups and small businesses, these background checks may be rare but still recommended. For larger organizations and enterprise companies, there could be hundreds of background checks run on a monthly basis. In either case, a background check policy is helpful to set guidelines for investigating applicant backgrounds and triggers for re-running background screenings on current employees.

At some point, certain clues may point to the need for an updated background check policy.

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

Adverse Action Notice: Common Compliance Questions

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017

When taking adverse actions, following the rules is paramount.

When a background check on an applicant and/or current employee or tenant yields negative results, your next move seems obvious: Grab the next application and move on! Right? Not entirely. 

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Topics: Tenant Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

How to Identify Resume Fraud and Read what Counts

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017

Employers, hiring managers and human resource professionals have the daunting task of processing thousands of resumes that pile up everyday. The employment world is highly competitive and applicants have a way of sprucing up their resumes, often stretching the truth in the process. 

Sifting the untruths and half-truths from what really matters is a tough responsibility for employers that require vigilance, prudence and due diligence.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Employee Criminal Records: How far back should you look?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017

In today's world, it's no longer safe to simply rely on a potential employee's resume as a reliable source of information. While the resume is a great source of information about the previous work history, conducting a criminal background check for employment has become an essential and vital part of hiring new employees.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening

How to Obtain Applicant Consent and Authorization to a Background Check

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017

Background checks are becoming more common, not only for creditors and landlords, but for employers and people looking for roommates or babysitters. A background check can eliminate people who do not meet your set criteria. Perhaps you are an employer who requires your employees to use a company car. Obtaining a driving record is a critical piece in the employment process. By utilizing background checks, you are able to feel more confident that you are bringing a person into a situation that will work for everyone involved.

Before performing a background check, you need to make sure you understand some of the basics behind a background check.

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Topics: Tenant Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance