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The Need for a Hiring Decision Matrix

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Sep 17, 2018

Decision matrices are used by executives for all manner of business decisions that include many variables and multiple choices. When consistency is required and emotion must be removed, such as with hiring, a decision matrix can be a valuable tool. Federal legislation also recommends consistency and objectivity. The EEOC and other anti-discrimination laws rely on employers to reduce bias so that all applicants get a fair chance. 

A decision making matrix during the hiring process can be the perfect tool for leaders. Here are a few examples.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Can Employers Look at a Job Candidate's Credit Report?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 10, 2018

Employers run background checks on employees to keep both their business and their customers' interest safe. A basic background check is used to verify a potential employee's identity and determine if there was any past criminal activity. Credit checks aren't necessarily included in a basic screening but would be used if the job description requires it and could affect employment chances. Federal law prohibits employment discrimination based on gender, race, and religion, however as of this writing, only 11 states have limits against discrimination based on credit.

Can an employer look at an applicant's credit report? The answer is, "It depends."

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

Why Do Some Background Checks Take Longer than Others?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jul 30, 2018

Employers and job seekers alike struggle with the time it takes to receive background check results. The waiting is the hardest part... 

Most frustrating is that some background checks seem to take less time than others, leaving hiring managers scratching their heads wondering why. In general, the results of a background check could take 2 or 3 business days but there are many factors that could affect that number. 

Why do some background checks take longer than others? 

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

Background Check Resources for Small Businesses

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Jul 25, 2018

Background checks are important for any size business but may be overlooked by small businesses who don't hire regularly or don't know where to begin.  Some growing businesses may also opt out of screening due to time constraints or cost. Small businesses, however, have a lot more to lose by not screening new employees. If the wrong employee is hired, there's a huge loss of time and money. If the employee doesn't represent your company well, you could be sued for negligent hiring or face brand reputation challenges.

Background checks don't have to be a pain for small businesses. Use this handy resource list to get started and keep your company safe.

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

Company Policies & Job Descriptions: Important to Applicant Screening

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 15, 2018

For employers who screen applicants, the process can be overwhelming, time consuming and cost prohibitive. Running background checks, however, can reduce the risk of negligent hiring and high turnover and is a positive step to ensure you're hiring the right employee. To balance out the risks with the potential negative cost of resources, applicant screening can be more accessible and efficient with some HR organization.

Two important keys to applicant screening are company policies and job descriptions.
Here's how they help.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

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

How to Hire Your First Employee

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 18, 2018

When you're hiring your first employee, it may seem overwhelming to consider all that is required to honor your growing business, your customers and those who will be working for you. The best way to hire your first employee is to prepare for it. The point of hiring someone is to help while you turn your focus to other tasks that need your attention. If you're not prepared, you may spend more time directing your new hire than actually getting work done. 

Get ahead of the game with these preparation tips before you hire your first employee.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

Is Your Screening Policy Compliant with Background Check Regulations?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 11, 2018

If an employer screens applicants regularly, they should be aware of federal,  state and local laws around background checks. Businesses of all sizes are being held to these strict regulations or else they are facing punitive fines in court. Consumer rights are protected against inaccurate reporting of their backgrounds. Other laws penalize for discrimination during the hiring process. If your business is running background checks, your hiring and screening policies should be consistent and compliant.

Is your employee screening policy in compliance? Review these laws to find out.

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

Hiring a New Employee? Follow this 5-Step Checklist

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 04, 2018

If your company is hiring many employees at once or even if you're an HR department of one and only hire sporadically, a checklist is an organizational tool that is helpful. A checklist will ensure that every step is taken, creating consistency, and covering all of the legal responsibilities of hiring. Selecting the right candidate, on-boarding and integrating the new hire into the team can be a positive and successful experience.

When hiring a new employee, documented procedures, such as a checklist, can make the process better for the hiring manager, candidates and employees.

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

How to Tell an Employee They Failed Their Background Check

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Apr 13, 2018

Whether you're screening an applicant prior to employment or screening a current employee, the chore of informing that person about a failed background check can feel cruel. They likely have good intentions and, for all intents and purposes, may have been stellar candidates or solid employees. The good news is that you can prepare for this process with some forethought and you may not have to withdraw a job offer or terminate them after all.

Here is a clear process to tell an employee that they failed their background check.

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