Using Background Checks for Permissible Purposes

Employers Permissible Purpose for Using Background Checks When employers engage a third party company to conduct employment background checks, the first question that should be asked by the vendor is what your organization’s permissible purpose is for pulling these reports. The only logical answer for using background checks is for employment purposes; however, employers also…

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Understanding the 3/2 Rule of Employee Productivity

When you triple the number of employees, you halve their productivity, or adding 10% employees the productivity of each drops by 6.3%. What causes the productivity decrease? Companies sometimes rationally choose to be in high-volume, low-margin markets. But a more possibility is expensive relationship friction, increased internal communications, and labyrinth bureaucracy. I think it is…

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Top 4 Trends in Background Screening for 1QT 2019

The first quarter of 2019 is already behind us if you can believe it! I love our industry because it doesn’t stay stagnant, in fact it’s very fluid with laws always changing (sometimes more than just once in a year). This means that as a company we have to stay ahead of the curve to not only navigate these compliance waters with our clients but also maintain strict procedures with state and federal regulators.

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Top 4 Background Screening Trends for 2017

“Ban the Box” It is only a matter of time until employers will have to completely do away with the question on an employment application inquiring about previous criminal convictions. Currently over 100 jurisdictions and the federal government acknowledge the “ban the box” movement. Employers should be proactive and jump on the bandwagon! Compliance and…

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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…

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Tips HR Professionals Want You To Know

An industry-related article titled,“10 Things the HR Department Won’t Tell You,” by Kimberly Fusaro, consists of the ten most effective tips to increase your chances of being hired as well as retaining your current employment. The first tip references a controversial topic for Human Resources professionals: the growing use of Internet-based background screening via review…

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Tip of the Month: Safeguarding Employee Data

From the moment an applicant applies for a position all the way through signing hiring documents and going through onboarding, the employ is collecting sensitive data that must be stored, secured, and if no longer relevant destroyed.  This includes driver’s license numbers, I-9 records, W-4’s, as well as information obtained during a pre-employment background check,…

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