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Which criminal background search is best for your company?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Oct 20, 2019

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?

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening

Laws to Limit Landlord Tenant Screening

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Oct 08, 2019

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.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Tenant Background Screening

Screening Practices for a Drug-Free Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 06, 2019

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.

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

What Screens are Included in an Employment Background Check?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Apr 15, 2019

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. 

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening

How Trustworthy is a Credit Report Background Check?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 22, 2019

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?

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Tenant Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

How Often Are Background Checks Updated?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Mar 08, 2019

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?

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Topics: Human Resources, Types of Background Checks

Can You Include Social Media in Background Checks?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sat, Feb 09, 2019

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?

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening

What Happens When an Employee Fails a Drug Test?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 01, 2019

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.

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Topics: Human Resources, Types of Background Checks, Employee Relationship Management

The Most Popular and Necessary Background Checks for Volunteers

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 25, 2019

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.

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Topics: Types of Background Checks

Do You Need an Electronic Drug Screening Process?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Dec 23, 2018

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?

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Topics: Types of Background Checks