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Can a landlord run a background check without permission?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 15, 2019

Keeping individual, multi-family or student rental properties safe, clean and rentable is just as important as having the rent paid on time. Landlords who have not screened their tenants may be curious about background checks, especially if rent isn't being paid or if suspicious activity arises. Property owners who are looking for highly qualified individuals may also have questions about screening future tenants. There are lots of different ways to look into the past of tenants, including a "cheap internet search" but they could cause more trouble than they're worth. As a landlord or property owner, it's best to obtain background checks legally.

So is it legal for a landlord run a background check without permission?

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Topics: Tenant Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

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

Hiring Trends and Employment Law in 2019

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jan 03, 2019

It's vital for HR managers to understand the changes happening in hiring and employment so they can attract and retain the best talent and remain compliant with state and federal laws. 2018 and the few years prior have seen a push for reduced bias, equal pay and more demands from a younger workforce. These changes continue to affect not only how to hire, but how to retain current employees, as well as legislative response with new employment laws.

Here's what employers can expect in hiring trends and employment legislation in 2019.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting

Employer Petco Hit with FCRA Class Action Settlement for Improper Adverse Action

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Dec 17, 2018

In November 2018, national retailer of pet supplies, Petco, was ordered to pay 1.2 Million dollars in a California Employment Background Screening Class Action Settlement. The case was brought against the company in 2016 when two applicants found that the employer "obtained and reviewed consumer reports" about their financial history without first obtaining consent. One applicant was hired but the other was denied employment due to adverse information on her background check report. She was not notified properly so she could dispute any inaccurate information.

With the number of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) lawsuits against employers, it's obvious that job applicants are more aware of their applicant rights than ever before. Is your screening provider giving you guidance on FCRA compliance so your organization is protected against litigation for improper adverse action?

Let's look at the case against Petco.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

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

🚨 Alert: New FCRA Summary of Rights Notice 🚨

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 28, 2018

It's very important that we continue our mission to educate and inform our clients and readers about new regulations that may affect FCRA compliance.  We regularly share information on this blog about screening for hiring or placing tenants while explaining the importance of applicant rights. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) specifies how to collect consumer reports, who has access and for what purpose, and that applicants should be aware of the information in their consumer reports. 

Effective this week, September 21, 2018, companies using background checks must implement new regulations pertaining to Consumer Rights and FCRA compliance.

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Topics: FCRA Compliance

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, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

Compliance Guide to Background Checks Including Forms and Templates

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 29, 2018

Since the beginning of the VeriFirst blog, the goal has been to provide an educational resource and assistance to employers and property managers. Compliance is important to those who read here, as well as an awareness of the latest employment and housing laws across the nation. VeriFirst's FCRA certified staff works closely with our clients to help with hiring the right employee or placing the perfect tenant.

Bookmark this blog post as a go-to compliance guide with background check forms and templates for employment screening and tenant screening.

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

How to Withdraw a Job Offer After a Background Check

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 08, 2018

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) says that individuals have a right to access the background information stored on them, no one can access it without permissible purpose (such as employment), and they can dispute any information that is wrong. Adverse action procedures are specific in protecting these consumer rights. With the rise in FCRA compliance claims, employers are doing their best to follow regulations during adverse action procedures, including rescinding a job offer. 

When a hiring manager finds an arrest or conviction on a background check, what is the best way to withdraw the job offer and remain FCRA compliant? 

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