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Cost of a Background Check: How Much Should You Pay?

Over the past decade, the consumer reporting and background screening industry has seen significant growth. With growth typically comes competition, and with competition usually comes aggressive pricing. The cost of a criminal background check can vary by search type and by screening company (aka Consumer Reporting Agency – CRA). This post is to provide an estimate […]


The 50 State Restoration of Rights Project

The Restoration of Rights Project is an online resource containing detailed state-by-state analyses of the law and practice in each U.S. jurisdiction relating to restoration of rights and status following arrest or conviction. Jurisdictional “profiles” cover areas such as loss and restoration of civil rights and firearms rights, judicial and executive mechanisms for avoiding or […]


WHY SHOULD YOU HIRE SOMEONE WITH A CRIMINAL RECORD?

Many people with a criminal record have made a single mistake. For millions, that mistake was shoplifting, passing a bad check, or having an argument turn into a fight. Nearly one-third of the adult working-age population has a criminal record, and because of a single mistake, they will face huge obstacles to achieving gainful employment. […]


What are pre-employment background checks?

Background checks are commonplace before making a hire and can help reduce the mystery in the hiring process for employers, but it’s important to conduct it properly and use the correct services. A comprehensive background check will reveal any convicted felonies and misdemeanors, judgments, and records from the FBI, Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Administration, and […]


How to Run Background Checks and Manage Their Results

Those who choose to run their own pre-employment background checks could face legal ramifications, such as lawsuits alleging non-compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). A few considerations employers should make include getting legal advice and checking with insurance; developing a policy; using an FCRA-compliant service that specializes in pre-employment checks; notifying applicants that […]


What are the Differences Between Self-Run and Third-Party Background Checks?

Third-party companies are well-versed in running reliable, legal background checks on employment candidates. Perhaps the most important aspect of using this type of company is the compliance to Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulations. Running a quick online “people search” is not advisable, as many sites are not FCRA compliant, possibly leading to legal ramifications. […]


What Everyone Should Know About Employer Background Checks

Class action lawsuits surrounding background checks have been on the rise and some of America’s largest employers have been found to have violated federal rules, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Amazon, Target, Uber, and Wells Fargo all have been caught up in class action lawsuits for improperly conducting background checks while vetting […]


6 Common Mistakes Businesses Make with Background Checks

Conducting a proper background check can be a critical component of the hiring process, but with many businesses cutting corners to save time and money, mistakes can be costly. A few of the most common errors include: not creating a compliant background check policy, proceeding without employee consent, conducting an incomplete background check, only screening […]


What Types of Background Checks Are There?

The most common type of employment-related background check is the pre-employment screening, which can be conducted at any point during the hiring process, but is most often completed for candidates who have received a contingent job offer. Some employers, however, choose to conduct ongoing background checks on current employees, but the reasons for doing so […]


Buffalo Niagara Partnership Releases 2020 Guide to Background Screening Compliance

The hiring process can be an overwhelming experience without proper preparation, but with knowledge of workplace compliance, employers should be able to secure the right employees. Although most positions don’t require sex offender registry searches, it’s always better to take extra precautions, but federal and state laws dictate how you can use the information you […]




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