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List of Top Background Check Practices

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Background checks are important for employers to avoid claims of negligent hiring, reduce employee turnover, and create an overall safe work environment. Screening best practices will also reduce cost, reduce the risk of non-compliance, and create consistency in hiring processes. Employers who use background checks to their advantage will be ready for any investigations by regulatory agencies such as the EEOC and the FTC enforcement of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  

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

2017 Background Check Trends: What Employers Need to Know for 2018

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 01, 2017

Employers and HR professionals have quite the task to keep up with updated state regulations and background check industry trends. Changes in employment and recruiting provoke changes in laws and protections for those seeking work, currently working, or working independently. Employers must also be mindful of their hiring practices and screening processes to prevent discrimination or negligent hiring. 

Here are 2017 background check and hiring trends and what employers need to know in the new year.

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

How HR Can Reduce Isolation & Loneliness in the Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 13, 2017

A recent Harvard Business Review article stated that over 40% of adults in America feel lonely.  As the 19th U.S. Surgeon General who served from 2014 - 17, the author also noted that employees and up to half of CEOs report feeling lonely in their roles, even if they love their jobs.  This "loneliness" epidemic affects not only health, but business as well.

What can human resources professionals to do reduce feelings of isolation in the workplace?

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management

The Latest HR and Employment Legislation

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 08, 2017

With nearly 200 pieces of new U.S. legislation introduced that are related to labor and employment so far in 2017, less than 5% of typically becomes law. Still, employers must stay informed of pending legislation that may affect their hiring, firing and employment of citizens or else face fines or punitive damages for noncompliance. 

Here is the latest HR and Employment Legislation News this week.

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting, Immigration

Slow Hiring Process? Here's Why.

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 25, 2017

 

The company Glassdoor published its recent study about hiring delays earlier this month.  The research looked at over 80,000 company hiring reviews from the United States and other countries. The study highlights the differences based on industry and location to give job seekers an idea of what to expect during the hiring process.  Glassdoor also noted that companies do have control over the length of the interview/hiring process as "company-specific factors" explained some of the variation in delays.

Want to speed up your company's slow hiring process? First, determine what's causing the slow down.

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

7 Reasons to Hire an HR Professional

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Small businesses may regard the necessity of back office operations as a part time job. While accounting or human resources may not be the bulk of the company needs, hiring professionals for these duties greatly reduces stress for those who are not experts and increases the growth potential of the business. Want to hire the right people for your business, reduce turnover, and mitigate litigation risk?

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting

How to Spot and Prevent a Workplace Bully

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Toxic co-workers can infect a workplace, especially if your co-worker becomes abusive, belittling or violent. Perhaps the behavior started with snarky comments or gossip and has slowly escalated to a level of discomfort or avoidance of the person altogether. Even if the behavior is only affecting you or someone you know, it should be reported to the human resources department. Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe and comfortable working environment for employees. 

Employers take note: Here's how to spot and prevent a workplace bully.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management

Is it time to update your corporate background check policy?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sat, May 13, 2017

Organizations that wish to keep their employees and customers safe, and avoid negligent hiring claims, implement background checks. For startups and small businesses, these background checks may be rare but still recommended. For larger organizations and enterprise companies, there could be hundreds of background checks run on a monthly basis. In either case, a background check policy is helpful to set guidelines for investigating applicant backgrounds and triggers for re-running background screenings on current employees.

At some point, certain clues may point to the need for an updated background check policy.

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

Hiring and Screening Tips for Small Business

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, May 01, 2017

Running a small business means paying close attention to the needs of your customers and your employees. Small business employees lay the groundwork of your organization including everything from human resources to accounting and development to sales. Along the way, small business owners have to listen closely to determine when it's time to hire. Hiring the right people, then, is important to help continue that growth. 

Hiring and Screening Tips for Small Business: Use these tips to determine when it's time to hire, how to run compliant background checks, and onboarding best practices.

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting

Easy and Affordable Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Apr 20, 2017

While it may seem that the terms "easy" and "affordable" don't necessarily fit with "background checks", we believe it to be true. With decade (and then some) in the screening business, VeriFirst offers simple and accessible background checks plus experience, plus high quality customer service, plus verification of the background check data we obtain. At the risk of sounding like a commercial, allow us to explain.

How can background checks be easy and affordable and still help you hire quality employees for your business?

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Topics: Human Resources, Employment Background Screening