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The Ultimate Guide to Employment Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 28, 2020

As a leading provider of background checks since 2004, we've heard many of the same questions and concerns of hiring managers and HR leaders. We've been asked to share sample templates and any resources to help make background checks less costly and more efficient. 

Compiling these resources, our HR Screening Kit includes information to address:

  • How to reduce the costs of screening
  • The best ways to reduce turnaround time on background checks
  • FCRA compliant screening and hiring

Read more and get your copy of the Ultimate Guide to Employment Background Checks.

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

Workplace Mental Health Concerns During COVID-19

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 14, 2020

There's no question that your employees are under stress at the moment. With concerns about job security, sending the kids back to school, an economic recession and a raging global pandemic, the last thing they may be thinking about is their own mental health. As an employer, it may be up to you to consider the effects of stress on your team and how your workplace can help. 

Here are ways that leadership and human resources can address workplace mental health concerns during COVID-19.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management

Can Employers Run Background Checks on Remote Employees?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 07, 2020

As the pandemic continues across the world, employers are choosing to keep their offices closed and encouraging their staff to work remotely. In recent months, employers have made telecommuting accommodations by implementing new technology, expanding their remote recruiting strategies and facing new challenges head on. One such challenge is the notion of hiring and pre-employment background screening new remote applicants. When in-person work was the norm, background checks were the status quo. Are they still as important?

Can employers run background checks on remote employees?

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

COVID-19 Testing As Part of Employment Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 24, 2020

If you're looking for COVID-19 testing for your employees or prospective job candidates, VeriFirst can help. 

Our employee background screening services already include pre and post employment screening plus urinalysis drug screening. We have leveraged our current relationships with laboratories to offer virus testing to help keep your staff safe and healthy. Results will be delivered securely and in compliance with federal regulations. 

Read to learn more about COVID-19 testing as part of an employment background check.

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Topics: Human Resources, Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening

5 Reasons Why an Updated Resume is Important to Recruiters

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Jul 07, 2020

Hiring managers and recruiters are faced with looking at hundreds of resumes each day.  Glassdoor reports that the average time spent looking at a resume is 6 seconds while other surveys have listed less than two seconds. Applicant tracking systems make the job a little easier but resumes still have to pass the scan test in order to stand out to recruiters and hiring managers.

One such way for job applicants to be noticed by recruiters and hiring managers is to have an updated resume.  Here are 5 reasons why. 

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting

How to Protect Employees from Workplace Retaliation

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 19, 2020

More employees are worried about workplace retaliation due to the COVID-19 and BLM protests across the country. Some are concerned with losing their jobs in their reluctance to return to an unsafe workplace. Others are worried that speaking out about racism could cause discrimination and workplace bullying. Employers are wise to understand how to protect employees and provide resources if workplace retaliation is suspected. 

With heightened awareness of discrimination due to COVID-19 or the Black Lives Matter protests, employers need to know how to protect employees from workplace retaliation.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management, Employment Law

Can Employers Consider Protest Arrests on Employment Background Checks?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jun 12, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the world's attention now includes protests in response to the death of George Floyd. Social media and video postings have brought to light individual reactions to the ongoing events and employers have been forced to address issues of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Another consideration for employers is a potential arrest record when those individuals speak out or stand with protesters.  

Should employers consider arrest records from protests on employment background checks?

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Topics: Human Resources, Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening

How to Attract and Support LGBTQ Employees in the Workplace 🌈

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jun 04, 2020

In 2018, the Human Rights Campaign reported that nearly 50% of LGBTQ workers remain in the closet at their place of employment. The report revealed that these workers are told to dress more masculine or feminine or have heard others tell offensive jokes about being gay or lesbian.  They're afraid to come out because they don't feel that they would be supported, they would face discrimination and it would ruin relationships with their co-workers. These fears lead to feelings of depression, exhaustion or the inability to focus on their jobs. While there is legislation to protect LGTBQ employees, employers can create a more inclusive workplace through leadership and recruitment. 

Here are best practices and examples of how to support LGBTQ employees in the workplace.

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

Denying Employment in the Era of COVID-19

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 29, 2020

For hiring managers seeking qualified job applicants, it can be especially challenging to consider denying employment when the unemployment rate keeps rising. Still, finding the best candidate, getting them screened, hired and onboard is job #1. Employers must be sure to avoid hiring bias and allow candidates access to the information used in denying employment, especially when hiring as the nation returns to a new normal. 

Employers must continue to abide by the federal agency regulations such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when hiring and denying employment during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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

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