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Is Your Business Working with a Real Consumer Reporting Agency?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Employers interested in running background checks on employees and candidates will work with background check companies to provide trusted and verifiable information. Background check companies are also commonly referred to as "consumer reporting agencies" under the federal legislation Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The FCRA was enacted to protect consumers from false information on their credit reports and from having that false data used against them. The legislation also protects employers by reaffirming that candidate data is accurate. 

Do you know if your background check company is following FCRA compliance?

When obtaining background screens, is your business working with a legitimate consumer reporting agency?

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Topics: FCRA Compliance, Employment Law

How Accurate is Your Tenant's Background Check?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 26, 2020

As if the COVID-19 pandemic and rising unemployment doesn't hit hard enough, some renters are being denied housing due to inaccurate screening reports. Last month, the New York Times reported that many automated tenant background checks produce reports that aren't verified and often untrue. This leaves renters that are denied housing to scramble to find a safe place to live with their families. 

If you're a property manager or landlord, have you considered this? How accurate is your tenant's background check?

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Topics: Tenant Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

Denying Employment in the Era of COVID-19

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 29, 2020

For hiring managers seeking qualified job applicants, it can be especially challenging to consider denying employment when the unemployment rate keeps rising. Still, finding the best candidate, getting them screened, hired and onboard is job #1. Employers must be sure to avoid hiring bias and allow candidates access to the information used in denying employment, especially when hiring as the nation returns to a new normal. 

Employers must continue to abide by the federal agency regulations such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when hiring and denying employment during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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

Top Employment Background Check Blogs & Topics

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 10, 2020

The VeriFirst blog is meant to be an invaluable resource to background screening clients and hiring managers alike. We value the questions YOU bring to us and work diligently to create helpful posts and tips for employers looking to hiring the right candidate and reduce risk. We've examined the analytics to determine the blog posts that you read the most so that we can bring you more of what you want. Use this list as a refresher on the blog or as a resource. And please provide feedback in the comments below if there's another topic you'd like us to cover. 

Here are the top employment background check blogs and topics.

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

What is an Adverse Action Notice?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 06, 2019

As a professional background screening company, we receive numerous questions from clients and readers of this blog. As an example, someone asked recently if adverse action notices are necessary if the employer sends a note, in writing, stating that the job seeker's qualifications were "not within guidelines." Our question is this: What guidelines? Are the guidelines discriminatory? Was the candidate aware of these guidelines before applying?

We thought we'd start with a basic answer to the most basic of questions:

What is an Adverse Action Notice?

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Topics: Human Resources, FCRA Compliance

The Do's and Don'ts of Employment Applicant Consent

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Dec 01, 2019

When conducting background checks or drug screening, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) dictates that employers obtain applicant consent and authorization. The form is ensure the applicant has been clearly notified and given permission for the employer to obtain background screening information. A recent court case reveals that employers are still trying to get around the strict regulations for this form. Far too many large organizations are being taken to court over the mishandling applicant consent. 

As a quick reference for employers, here are tips for obtaining applicant consent to a background check.

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Topics: FCRA Compliance

Do You Know if Your Business Hiring is FCRA Compliant?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Nov 19, 2019

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was enacted so that consumers would have access to their personal information being stored and shared to employers and others.  This information could be false, inaccurate or incomplete and was being used against them.  While background screening is a vital tool to protect your business, FCRA compliance is another necessary protection. Non-compliance could be costly if an applicant were to take legal action. 

Do you know if your business hiring is FCRA compliant?

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

How to Ease the Fear of Employment Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Oct 31, 2019

"We're very impressed with your skill set and are happy to offer you the job.... pending a background check investigation."

Even to those with nothing to hide, the second part of that sentence can shatter nerves of steel for job seekers. They wonder, "What will they find?" And, "Have I done anything wrong that I can't recall?" Or "What about that one mistake I made in college?"

Your recruiting and hiring staff can help ease these fears when running employment background checks.

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

The Wrong Way to Do FCRA Compliance

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Apr 26, 2019

American painter and PBS television host, Bob Ross, is quoted as saying, "there are no mistakes, only happy accidents." While that may be true on canvas, employers like Lowe's, Uber, Dish Network and Whole Foods weren't too happy when they were penalized for FCRA non-compliance. Nonetheless, we often don't learn an important lesson until we've done it the wrong way. 

Here are three common examples of the wrong way to do FCRA compliance in employment.

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Topics: FCRA Compliance