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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

Court Rules Against Employer in FCRA Compliance Case

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Nov 01, 2017

 
Not only do employers have the task of running their businesses but they must also stay aware of laws that relate to employment. There has been a sharp increase in litigation brought against employers who may be in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act during their hiring and screening processes. If an applicant doesn't pass a background check, the employer must follow a set of "adverse action" procedures to inform the applicant. When these procedures aren't followed, employers are facing fines and lost resources.

A recent court case reveals another potential hit for employers if their hiring processes aren't FCRA-compliant.

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Topics: FCRA Compliance

Are "At Will" Employers Required to Send Adverse Action Notices?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 30, 2017

 

Because states handle labor and employment laws differently, there may be some confusion among employers. Recently, a VeriFirst customer from Texas asked if they are required to send adverse action notices since Texas is an "at will" employment state. While it's true that states have mandated their own FCRA laws, no employer is exempt from following federal FCRA guidelines, including adverse action notices.

To learn more about at will employment and adverse action, keep reading.

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Topics: FCRA Compliance

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

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 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

Employer and Landlord Responsibilities under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, May 03, 2017

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) places limits and rules on the usage of consumer reports by both employers and landlords. As such the following duties must be carried out when you are making use of a personal consumer report.

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

The Do's & Don't's of Employment Applicant Consent

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 31, 2017

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 the do's and don't's of applicant consent to a background check.

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Topics: FCRA Compliance