The FCRA: Are You Compliant? (Part 1)

Posted by on August 21, 2013 in Business Management, Employee Background Checks, Legal Matters for Business [ 0 Comments ]

fair credit reporting act complyPre-employment screenings and background checks for businesses looking to hire are becoming more important than ever. According to one recent study, 53% of resumes and job applications contain falsifications. While background checks can protect your business and help you ensure you’re hiring someone who is who they say they are, you have to be compliant with the FCRA. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is … Read More

Avoid Résumé Fraud with Background Check Software

Posted by on June 6, 2013 in Employee Background Checks [ 2 Comments ]

Employee ScreeningThe economic downturn that occurred as a result of the financial crisis has caused an increase in the incidence of résumé and employment fraud.

The typical business loses at least 5% of its annual revenue to occupational fraud (ACFE: 2012 Report).

It is now more important than ever to make sure that the people you are hiring are capable, trustworthy, and qualified for … Read More

5 Signs That Your Business Needs Pre-Employment Screening

Posted by on March 5, 2013 in Employee Background Checks [ 1 Comment ]

Employers use a variety of pre-employment screening procedures to help them identify job candidates who are most likely to do the job well. When used judiciously, pre-employment screening can save time in the hiring process, help reduce employee turnover, and improve workplace morale. Screening tests include cognitive tests, personality tests, skills tests, and background checks, and they are legal as long as:

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4 New Laws and Regulations That Can Curb Background Checks

Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Employee Background Checks [ 3 Comments ]

This year has been one of progress for the background check industry – in fact, this is the first time in more than 20 years, since 1990, that the industry has updated their regulations.

When it comes to conducting criminal record checks on your current employees or job applicants, you may no longer be able to inquire about or gather information about certain background check … Read More

Employee Background Checks: A Q&A With Backgrounds Online

Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Employee Background Checks [ 1 Comment ]

Many small businesses, which either don’t have the time and resources to conduct their own employee background checks or want to be certain they are in full compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), work with third party companies in order to get information on the people they are considering hiring.

Did you know that there is a national association that represents professional background … Read More

6 Industries That MUST Run Background Checks on Employees

Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Employee Background Checks [ 0 Comments ]

Some industries are under strict state and federal regulations that mandate background checks for employees in certain positions. Whether you are a small business or large enterprise, if you’re in a field such as finance or healthcare, your company is required by law to investigate candidates for some of the jobs you are looking to fill.

On the other hand, there are some industries that … Read More

Background Checks: What’s Legal, What’s Not

Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Employee Background Checks [ 8 Comments ]

background checksMany small businesses and large enterprises conduct background checks on at least some of their candidates in order to identify employees that could be an asset to their business, while weeding out those that would clearly be a liability due to situations like theft, workplace violence, or some other situation which poses a risk to others or your business.

When you’re ready to conduct a … Read More

Should Background Checks Be Mandated?

Posted by on June 5, 2012 in Employee Background Checks [ 0 Comments ]

background checksLast week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick vetoed portions of a bill that would require the state’s gaming commission to conduct full criminal background checks and drug screenings on all future employees. Fingerprints, photographs, and credit score checks would also be a prerequisite for employment with the commission, no matter what the position is.

The importance and value of background checks for many sensitive positions, industries, … Read More

5 Reasons a Background Check May Reveal Misleading Information

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Employee Background Checks [ 0 Comments ]

background checkWhen you’re looking to fill a new position at your company and decide to run an employee background screening, you’re one of the 73% of companies that perform background checks on their candidates. It’s understandable – you want to know who you’re hiring, what threats they may pose to your workplace, and if anything in their history may put your business output at risk.… Read More

New Federal Rules Set on Background Checks; Is Your Company Legal?

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Employee Background Checks [ 3 Comments ]

federal rules on background checkIf you actively use criminal background checks to screen potential employees and use convictions as reason not to hire someone, you’ll want to be aware of the latest employee background check rules put into place by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) last month.

What’s Changed for Employers?
The new rules call for careful consideration of how and when you use criminal background checks in … Read More