Industry Insights

August 16, 2016

Where the $%!# is the Background Check Report?

“How long does the background check take to complete?” This is no doubt one of the top 3 questions we hear from HR professionals; and for good reason. The background check is usually one of the last pieces of what can be a long, and possibly even painful, hiring process. Not to mention the incessant […]


January 19, 2016

FCRA Requirements: 4 Steps Employers Must Follow to Stay in Compliance

When you receive the Consumer Report from your background screening company, also called a consumer reporting agency (CRA), do you know what your next step is legally if you don’t plan to hire the applicant? Look no further than the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for guidance on this issue. The FCRA regulates the collection, distribution […]


September 30, 2015

“Two Do’s” of Using Credit Reports in the Hiring Process

It’s fair to say that most people have experienced some degree of financial strain at one time or another in their lives. Maybe it’s a late or missed student loan or credit card payment, or a large unexpected medical bill or loss of a job resulting in bankruptcy. Many individuals have flaws, as well as […]


July 2, 2015

Employment Verifications: 4 Best Practices You or Your Background Screening Company Should Follow

Job seekers, more than ever, are trying to stand out of the crowd in this highly-competitive job market. One of the risks employers face is hiring a dishonest employee who does not have the work history they claimed to on their application. In fact, according to a 2014 CareerBuilder survey, 58% of employers have caught a […]


May 20, 2015

4 Building Blocks to a Comprehensive Employment Criminal Background Check

Just jump on the computer, punch in the applicant’s personal information and get a nice, neat report of any criminal records he or she may have. Sounds great, right? It would be, but it doesn’t work that way. Perpetuated by movies, television and other forms of media, there is a common misconception that this is […]


April 23, 2015

Screening Volunteers to Protect Non-Profit Organizations

Volunteerism in the United States surpasses all other countries and is one of the many things that makes our nation great. About 62.8 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2013 and September 2014. The volunteer rate for the year ending September 2014 was 25.3 percent according to the […]


March 6, 2015

Ban the Box: What Hiring Managers Need to Know

What is it? The so-called “ban the box” movement is popping up all across the country. Ban the box is the snappy name referring to legislation that, among other restrictions, requires the removal of the checkbox and/or verbiage on an employment application that asks a candidate about his or her criminal record history. But it’s more […]


February 11, 2014

Clarifying the Employer Burden Under EEOC Enforcement Guidance

The heated debate over the legitimacy and fairness of the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance (No: N-915-.002) issued back in April of 2012, continues to broil. From an employer’s perspective, the phrase “between a rock and a hard place” springs to mind. On its surface, the EEOC Enforcement Guidance appears to severely limit an employer’s use of background […]


November 25, 2011

New Legal Trends Impacting Candidate Screening

The legal landscape related to employment background screening is changing at a much faster pace these days. The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state laws and restrictions such as “ban the box” are keeping employers and screening companies alike on their toes. Here’s what you can do to […]


August 17, 2011

Will Medical Marijuana Impair Your Background Screening?

Fifteen of 50 states now have medical marijuana laws on the books. A wave of employer protections follows closely behind many of these new laws, including here in Arizona where Gov. Brewer passed House Bill 2541. The law, signed in late April, is designed to protect employers should they see signs of impairment and decide […]


April 26, 2011

FCRA Non-Compliance Cost Employer $5.9 Million

According to a recent article, First Group America (FGA) has settled a class-action lawsuit totaling $5.9 million for failure to comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Specifically, the suit cited FGA for obtaining criminal background checks without a signed authorization from the employee and/or applicant, as well as failing to conduct […]


October 23, 2010

Use of Credit Reports Becoming Restricted

There seems to be a lot of chatter about how reviewing someone’s credit report as part of the background screening process has somehow become taboo. During these slow economic times, people are struggling financially and some say it isn’t fair to take their personal finances into account as part of a hiring decision. Yes, it is […]


June 19, 2010

Should Social Media Be Used As A Recruiting And Screening Tool?

It’s an enticing notion to be able to peek into an applicant’s personal life and secretly find out who they “really” are. But would-be snoopers be wary – using social media as an employee background check tool can be like taking a stroll through a minefield. There is no doubt that the use of the […]


May 26, 2010

Diploma Mills: A Growing Liability for Employers

Ah, the beginning of summer. A time when baseball season is in full swing, swimming pools open and, of course, graduation time – when 20-somethings to working adults who have spent the past several years studying so diligently finally reap the fruits of their labor. And then, conversely, there are those individuals that have purchased […]


March 20, 2010

3 Hiring Risks Employers Are Overlooking

Unless you have been living under a gigantic rock for the past year or two, it’s safe to say that you are profoundly aware of our shaky and unpredictable economy, and with it, the coinciding hesitation of employers to increase employee headcounts. The effect of this is that companies are looking to utilize an “outside” […]


January 16, 2010

The Human Resources Profession Just Got Riskier

If it wasn’t already tough enough being a human resource professional, the stakes may be going way up. In a recent article in The Herald-Dispatch, a company is suing its former HR Director for “breach of his fiduciary duty as an employee” by failing to run a background check on an employee who is now […]


February 15, 2009

Protecting Employees from Identity Theft

What can employers do to help protect their employees from becoming victims of identity theft? Given the fact that other employees are often the source of an information breach, naturally the first line of defense is to conduct a thorough background checks on job applicants. In addition to hiring candidates with integrity, employers can also put […]


December 18, 2007

Conducting a Social Security Trace – The First Step in a Comprehensive Background Check

A social security trace is an essential part of any comprehensive background check as it provides critical information on an applicant. What is important for HR professionals and business owners to understand about a social security trace report is exactly where this information comes from, how it is compiled and why it is a must […]

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