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Employer Considerations for an HR Return to Work Policy

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 08, 2020

As state economies are reopening as shelter-in-place orders are lifted, employers may have questions related to rehiring and on-boarding employees after a layoff. There are benefits in bringing back employees who were furloughed or laid off.  The employee already knows the business. HR can expect reduced on-boarding and on the job training, and company culture is already established.

Proper procedures, however, should still be followed that are consistent with company policy. 

Here are HR and legal recommended practices for your employees returning to work.

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

Remote Talent Acquisition Challenges for Recruiters

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 01, 2020

Acquiring the right talent can be challenging at any time but recruiting during a lockdown is especially trying. During the COVID-19 pandemic, employers and staff have had to adjust to a new remote way of working. Talent acquisition, much like anything else, has moved virtual and recruiters are adapting and teaching candidates how to adapt as well.

Read on to learn how recruiters are adapting to new remote talent acquisition challenges.

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Hiring and Recruiting

Medical Background Checks for Healthcare Employees

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Apr 10, 2020

With the recent Bob Iger announcement that Disney may begin checking guest temperatures at the park gates, we're all soon faced with a new normal. In the new post-COVID-19 world, experts are also asking us to stop shaking hands and consider working from home. Employers and hiring managers will adjust to new requirements to bring staff back to work and back to normal.

Is it okay for employers to check temperatures or screen medical history during hiring or before allowing employees to go back to work? In some cases, the answer is yes.

Here are considerations for medical background checks for healthcare workers and other employees.

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

Background Checks for Transportation and Manufacturing Industries

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Apr 03, 2020

While some businesses face layoffs during the economic downturn and COVID-19 pandemic, hiring in other industries is going strong. The supply chain is being challenged to keep up with customer demand (and panic) so the manufacturing, transportation and retail industries are hiring more and quickly. Retailers such as Walmart and CVS are going online and working together to fast-track hiring. Because factory workers and truck drivers work with heavy equipment, the hiring process must be streamlined, and with safety in mind. 

Here are best practices in pre-employment background checks for transportation and manufacturing industries.

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

How Retailers Hire Quickly During a Pandemic

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Mass layoffs, store and restaurant closures have left many hourly workers concerned about income and insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Retailers, such as Amazon, Instacart and Domino's Pizza, are taking advantage of an expanded talent pool to hire nearly a half a million employees. It's important that these employers hire efficiently as the situation and customer demand calls for it. Can employers hire quickly and still protect their interests?

Here are best practices retailers are using to hire quickly during a pandemic.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

COVID-19 Courthouse Closures and Background Check Impacts

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Due to social distancing/quarantine requirements across the country, employment or tenant background checks can be affected. Select courthouses in various states have temporarily closed onsite access.  Automated (electronic) access may still be available.

In states where not all courts have closed (only select Counties), VeriFirst clients can talk to us about options to conduct electronic court searches, national database searches, and/or statewide criminal searches.

We urge HR teams to contact us to discuss options for screening applicants and employees during these closures. Options may include modifying current background check packages and/or proactively submitting requests to stay ahead of researcher backlogs. 

The following list  includes current courthouse statuses for reopening and closures that may affect background check turnaround times.

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

Can Employers Trust Remote Workers?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 13, 2020

The future of work is remote, according to statistics, and more employers are making accommodations to meet the trend. Whether they're meeting the demands of a tight labor market or the necessity of a public health scare, employers are integrating telecommuting, flexible work days and remote workers into their workforce at a rapid pace. There are plenty of questions surrounding these accommodations - the right tools, the right technology - but the most important component in a successful remote workforce is the right employee.

When implementing a new telecommuting policy, can employers trust remote workers?  

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

What are the Risks of Open Hiring?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 06, 2020

Last month, retailer The Body Shop announced that they would take a different approach to their hiring process. Doing away with the typical application-interview-background-check, the cosmetic company has decided on a simple short interview to determine the employment status of applicants. The intention, much like "ban the box" or other fair chance laws, is to reduce hiring bias and discrimination. The available jobs are then up for grabs to the first applicants who can answer "yes" to the three interview questions. 

While reducing bias is the intention, what are the risks of an "open hiring®" policy?

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

What's the Best Employment Background Check Service?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 28, 2020

When employers want highly qualified top talent, they seek out the best with those skills. Finding an employment background check service is no different.  Some background check services may offer bundled packages or volume discounts. Others may allow employers to pick and choose. Depending on the employer needs, one may be a better fit than the other, much like the talent they need as well. While cost is important,  there is more to an employee background check than price.

What's the best employment background check service? Here's what to look for.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

States Changing Pre-Employment Drug Screening for Marijuana

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 21, 2020

With more states legalizing marijuana use for medical and recreational use, employers have a right to be concerned.  VeriFirst has previously acknowledged that employers have the right to terminate an employee if they test positive for marijuana, however, some states are fighting against this. Even though marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 substance under federal law, states like Nevada and California are considering or passing legislation to rule out drug screening for pot.

Let's take a look at states changing laws regarding pre-employment drug screening for marijuana and what it could mean for employers.

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