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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

When HR Notices Red Flags

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Human resources professionals face daily pressure to hire the right personnel, quickly and efficiently.  They're also tasked with ensuring the new hires are qualified, meet job requirements, fit the personality profile and are adaptable enough to grow with the organization. After a while, a hiring manager may feel that they can see right through exaggerated resumes or lies during an interview.  A background check will also offer more information to determine a worthy candidate. So, what happens when human resources notices something amiss with their candidate?

When HR notices red flags during the hiring process, what happens next?

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

Reduce Employee Turnover & Retain Great Employees

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Much of the success of your business depends on your brand reputation and your brand reputation depends on your employees. Everyone who works for your business represents your company. Not only do you want to hire great employees, you want to keep them around. Employee turnover requires more work, more time and more resources than hiring right the first time. 

Here are best practices for reducing your company's employee turnover ...

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Hiring and Recruiting

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