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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

How to Select a Background Check Package for New Hires

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Nov 19, 2018

When hiring a new employee, it may be tempting to run every background check available. This is a bad idea for two reasons - (1) running unneeded background checks will take longer and (2) they'll cost more too.

Instead of checking the box on every background check, consider certain background checks may only be needed for certain types of jobs. Understanding the types of background checks, and what information they reveal, can also be helpful to determine which background checks best fit the situation.

How to select a background check package for new hires

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

Introducing: Business Search and Corporate Screening

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 26, 2018

With many thanks to our subscribers and clients, we're excited to bring you the latest company news. In addition to VeriFirst's continuing services of employment and hiring background checks, tenant screening, and customer ID verification, we are expanding to include business and corporate screening services.

VeriFirst Background Screening is one of four companies under the umbrella of BYL Companies. Each of these sister companies has their own specialty and yet work together to provide outsourced back office operations to our clients. Expanding our service offerings to include corporate screening was a natural development of our current client relationships and requests.

Read to learn more about corporate screening services and why you may need it.

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Topics: Customer Identity Verification, Types of Background Checks, VeriFirst Insider

Can Employers Look at a Job Candidate's Credit Report?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 10, 2018

Employers run background checks on employees to keep both their business and their customers' interest safe. A basic background check is used to verify a potential employee's identity and determine if there was any past criminal activity. Credit checks aren't necessarily included in a basic screening but would be used if the job description requires it and could affect employment chances. Federal law prohibits employment discrimination based on gender, race, and religion, however as of this writing, only 11 states have limits against discrimination based on credit.

Can an employer look at an applicant's credit report? The answer is, "It depends."

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

Why Do Some Background Checks Take Longer than Others?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jul 30, 2018

Employers and job seekers alike struggle with the time it takes to receive background check results. The waiting is the hardest part... 

Most frustrating is that some background checks seem to take less time than others, leaving hiring managers scratching their heads wondering why. In general, the results of a background check could take 2 or 3 business days but there are many factors that could affect that number. 

Why do some background checks take longer than others? 

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

Has Your Driver Had a Background Check?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 13, 2018

 

Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been questioned by, and in some cases forced out of, cities around the world for their policy, or lack thereof, on background checks. In April of this year, Uber announced it would perform ongoing criminal background checks on drivers as well as monitor driver records for criminal arrests. With so much focus on ride-sharing companies, taxi and bus driving companies have also come under fire. 

For transportation companies, it begs the question: Have your drivers had background checks?

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening