Criminal searches can be confusing and the true answer to this question for employers is... it depends.
Factors that can influence this decision are industry specific, job-function specific, time sensitivity, and many others. With hundreds of background screening companies in America, and many with their own naming conventions for background checks, it can be especially challenging for companies that want the best candidate, as soon as possible. For the purpose of simplicity, let’s break it down to the most common types of criminal background checks and the time it takes to process each type of report.
What type of criminal background check is best for my company?
Employers screening potential applicants face more regulations such as Ban the Box and other "fair chance" laws to decrease discrimination in hiring. Landlords are also facing more legislation for the same reason. Within the past several months, there have been new laws for landlords and property owners looking to run background checks on their tenants.
Read more to learn about new laws impacting landlords and tenant screening.Read More
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Drug-Free Workplace Act requiring employers of federal workers and certain federal contractors to adopt a drug-free workplace policy and create drug-free awareness programs. Today, many employers have chosen to adopt these policies and programs as the norm. If your organization is considering implementing a drug-free workplace or already has one in place, this post will offer what to consider, reasons to adopt the policy, drug screening practices and more.
Read more to learn about screening practices and how to implement a drug-free workplace.Read More
Every individual has numerous points of data that can be accessed in a background check. When hiring a new employee, you might assume that you should just "run all the checks". You don't have to. You can save the wait time and the money buy only running the screens necessary for that particular job.
If you're looking to protect your business, running an employment background check can help minimize the risk of negligent hiring claims and high turnover. Let's look at a basic employment background check and determine which screens you should include when hiring.
When an employer or landlord runs a credit check on a future tenant or employee, they expect accurate information. Consumers also want to know that the information is correct and up-to-date. Adverse information on a background check, especially a credit report, can affect employment, housing, buying a car or obtaining a loan. It's imperative that the information be true, verified and safe.
When running a credit background check on an applicant, can you trust what you see?Read More
To individuals and businesses alike, background checks can be a mystery. Where are consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) or background screening companies getting their information? How accurate is the data? Is there a reason to update a background check on an employee? Just how well do you know your employees? At VeriFirst, our mission is to be a trusted and transparent screening provider so let's dive into these questions.
How often are background checks updated and where is the information coming from?Read More
We do get asked this question occasionally (and probably should more often). Recruiters and hiring managers may naturally peruse an applicant's social posts - especially if they've applied via a social network such as LinkedIn. Is it a good idea?
Let's take a closer look at why an employer would want to check out a potential employee's use of social media. Can you include social media in background checks?Read More
Many employers will require a new hire to take a pre-employment drug test. Some employers may also require random drug testing during the employee's tenure with the company, especially if there is some suspicion of drug usage or the usage can affect the employee's ability to perform their job. What happens when an employee or new hire fails a drug test? It really depends on the situation.
Here are some examples of what could happen next.Read More
Non-profits, youth sports, religious educators and other charity organizations that recruit volunteers are being held to a higher standard than in previous years. Simply put, the safety of children and elderly and the security of non-profit finances require handling by those who can be absolutely trusted. Unfortunately, non-profit and charity organizations often skip volunteer screening due to time constraints and cost.
To save time and money on volunteer background checks, here are the most popular and necessary screens to run.Read More
Topics: Types of Background Checks
The drug testing process can be a mandatory hassle for human resource professionals. Between screening new hires and implementing randomized testing for current employees, the paperwork and lag time between testing and results can become a real issue. Is there a way to make drug screening easier for employers?
Does your human resources department need an electronic drug screening process?Read More
Topics: Types of Background Checks