Top 10 Mistakes When Conducting Background Checks

Leave it to the experts! Employers may conduct their backgrounds checks “in house” as opposed to using a reputable nationwide employment screening firm. This is a bad idea unless the employer has an internal expert on federal and state laws pertaining to background checks. Save time and money by hiring a third-party company. Do not […]

12 Crucial Components Every Human Resources Professional Must Know About Employment Background Screening

Number 1 – It starts with the Policy! As with any company procedure, a nondiscriminatory background screening policy is mandatory to deter any claims of discrimination brought against the company. The background screening policy will help employers with the following: Reduce claims of discriminatory treatment brought by applicants who have not passed the employment background […]

Don’t Be a Turkey, Screen your Workforce!

With Thanksgiving arriving this week, employers nationwide are in the swing of seasonal hiring. As we mentioned in our last post, employers have to be vigilant to maintain a safe and productive work environment. To get us in the holiday spirit, let’s take a look at some workplace incidents that we all want to avoid […]

5 Seasonal Hire Horror Stories

The holiday hiring spree has started. According to today’s jobs report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation’s retailers added 434,500 people to their payrolls in November 2014. Here are some of the horror stores associated with this spike in hiring, and inadequate or no background checks being performed: A pizza company hired […]

Five Ways to Stay on Top of Changing Compliance Laws

1. Who are the “experts” regarding compliance? National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) is the only trade association dedicated to consumer reporting agencies (CRA) that exists to foster proper business practices, compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and equal employment opportunity as well as state and international consumer protection laws pertaining to the […]

5 Ways to Avoid Seasonal Hiring Pitfalls

Each year, U.S. retailers lose over $37 billion in stolen products, according to FBI statistics. A large portion of this theft occurs during the holiday season, from October to December when retailers are stocking up for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas shoppers. As customers fill their stores in droves, retailers have a major seasonal hiring push […]

Consumer Reporting Agencies Hit with $13 Million Class Action Lawsuit

Two of the largest employment background screening companies in the U.S. have been hit with a $13 million class action lawsuit for failing to ensure that they provided accurate information to employers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Thursday that General Information Services and its affiliate backgroundchecks.com potentially violated consumers’ eligibility for employment and […]

New Legislation will Ban the Box for Federal Jobs

The federal government is jumping onto the “ban the box” band wagon that has taken the U.S. by storm. A group of bipartisan lawmakers revealed a new bill that claims to give former incarcerated people a fair chance of gaining employment with the federal government. The Fair Chance Act will follow current ban the box […]