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How HR Affects Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Diversion and Inclusion (D & I) have been the topic for HR managers for a few years now.  The truth is, diversity and inclusion is helpful to the business as a whole, not only as a human resources policy. In 2015, the U.S. Census reported that, for the first time in history, a majority of children (50.2%) under age 5 were considered part of an ethnic group or a minority race. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2018 that 83.9 % of chief executives were white males.  There simply is no reason not to include diversity and inclusion in your business to better reflect your customers and the changing population of the country.

Here's how HR affects diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management, Hiring and Recruiting

When Do Criminal Charges Show up on a Background Check?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Hiring managers look to criminal background checks to provide accurate and relevant data for their hiring decisions. When a criminal background check reveals an arrest or conviction, it doesn't necessarily mean that the candidate is no longer eligible for the job.  Unfortunately, it's not that cut and dry. The manager has a lot to consider:

  • Can they use arrest records without conviction?
  • Does the record pass individualized assessment?
  • Are the records true, timely and accurate?

It's important to understand the data that is provided in a criminal background check and when it's available. There could also be criminal charges that haven't made it to the report yet. 

Let's take a closer look ...

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Hiring and Recruiting

A Look Ahead at Employment Laws in 2020

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 27, 2019

Hiring laws and those that pertain to employment background screening are passed fairly regularly. Because it can be challenging for employers to keep up, this blog publishes yearly news as well as weekly updates to help keep readers informed. Staying in compliance with these new laws will help mitigate risk to your business.

Here are important updates to employment and hiring laws expected in 2020.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting, Employment Law

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 Reduce Time and Cost of a Background Check

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Performing background checks as an employer or landlord is vital to keeping your business, property, customers or employees safe. Unfortunately, the time and cost of a background check may lead to opting out or choosing to do research online in lieu of working with a professional background screening company. This can be a problem if the results found online aren't accurate or if the new hire or tenant isn't screened thoroughly. Denying employment or housing could cause the applicant to litigate because they weren't given a fair chance. Instead of putting yourself or your business at risk of EEOC or FCRA noncompliance, we have some practical ways to help.

Here are 3 simple ways to lower your company's turnaround times and screening costs. 

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Topics: Tenant Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, 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

Reduce Time-to-Hire without Putting your Business at Risk

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Oct 01, 2019

The efficiency of your company hiring process is more important than ever. Candidates go to websites like Glassdoor and others to share their experiences with any other potential candidate. Creating a positive candidate experience is crucial to attracting a quality pool of applicants as well as protecting your brand image. For a business that wants to hire the right employees, reducing time-to-hire is one way to improve the hiring experience. It's not necessary to cut corners to reduce the time from placing an ad to hiring an employee. 

How to reduce time-to-hire without putting your business at risk.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Screening Practices for a Drug-Free Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 06, 2019

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Drug-Free Workplace Act requiring employers of federal workers and certain federal contractors to adopt a drug-free workplace policy and create drug-free awareness programs. Today, many employers have chosen to adopt these policies and programs as the norm. If your organization is considering implementing a drug-free workplace or already has one in place, this post will offer what to consider, reasons to adopt the policy, drug screening practices and more.

Read more to learn about screening practices and how to implement a drug-free workplace.

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

How Other Companies Recruit and Hire Their Employees

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 23, 2019

Recruiting new employees doesn't have to be about placing an ad or scouring LinkedIn anymore. These days, hiring managers have their eyes open all the time to find perfect candidates. Once the candidates are found, it's important to create a fair and consistent candidate experience to keep job seekers interested.

If you're curious how businesses recruit and hire their employees, read on.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

Speed Up Hiring with a Paperless Process

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 16, 2019

Feeling swamped by paperwork? As an HR professional, your desk is a bevy of resumes, applications, contracts and interview notes.  You may even have some electronic or online tasks but the process isn't efficient or consistent. Going paperless not only saves trees but may also reduce the time and effort it takes to recruit and hire. 

Here's how paperless hiring can speed up your recruiting, hiring and on boarding process.

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting