Showing Posts In "Background Screening General" Category

Over 6,000 City Employees Haven’t Had Background Checks Due to Backlog

Department of Investigation Commissioner Margaret Garnett testified at a City Council budget hearing that she is concerned by the number of background checks on backlog, especially for employees who have open Department of Investigation background investigations that have yet to be concluded. Four agencies account for 37 percent of the backlog – the municipal hospital […]

Employer Obligations When Using Third Parties to Conduct Background Checks

Employers who use third parties to conduct employment background checks should consider their obligations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to avoid possible liabilities. The FCRA applies to consumer reporting agencies that produce consumer reports, including credit reports, criminal history reports and driving records. Before these reports are obtained, employers must first provide applicants […]

Best Practices for Improving Your Speed-to-Hire 

From posting an open position to background screening and interviewing, hiring employees can be a difficult process. It helps to be prepared with some best practices. First, make sure the job posting is informative and direct; monitor applicants and jump quickly on those who are qualified; keep an eye out for qualified candidates who are […]

Eliminating the Fear of the Background Check: A Beginner’s Guide to Background Checks for Candidates 

Background checks don’t just assist the employer in avoiding a wrong hire, they offer benefits to the candidate, as well, by eliminating employment at a company that isn’t the right fit for your needs and wants. It can be helpful to know exactly what an employer is looking at when conducting a screening. Items of […]

Background Screening 2.0: How Continuous Monitoring Can Protect Your Brand

A study conducted by First Advantage last year revealed that 72% of HR professionals conduct pre-employment background screens to protect brand reputation, 62% to protect the business from theft and 64% to protect employees against workplace violence. Career Builder estimated that the average cost of a bad hire is $17,000, but what happens after an […]

Importance of Employee Background Screening for Small Business

Background screening is an incredibly important step in the hiring process, but there are a few considerations business owners should consider before taking the appropriate actions. It is important to first define the reason for conducting the screening so that the aim reveals necessary information, such as drug-related details or criminal and driving records. This […]

Churches Ramp Up Background Checks to Ensure Safety

Background screening company LifeWay has been adding about 160 customers per month since teaming up with, according to staff person Jennie Morris. Part of the growth is credited to a $10 price point for a search that includes nationwide sex offender registry, various terrorist watch lists, more than 600 million felony, misdemeanor and traffic records […]

Background Checks What Employers Need to Know

When making personnel decisions – including hiring, retention, promotion, and reassignment – employers sometimes want to consider the backgrounds of applicants and employees. For example, some employers might try to find out about the person’s work history, education, criminal record, financial history, medical history, or use of social media. Except for certain restrictions related to […]

Making the Right Choice: Building a Screening Policy for Job Candidates

The impact of a company making a wrong hire can potentially cost a business more than three times that employees annual salary, according to research by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). Companies should consider the appropriate steps that will safeguard future issues regarding new hires. These include: being transparent with candidates, having concrete sources, […]

Background Screening as a Commitment to Public Safety

Although many employees forgo background screening due to cost, the truth is, the process is only a fraction of the cost of turnover, termination, re-recruiting, re-hiring and re-training. Screening potential employees could provide red flags regarding a history of fraud or theft. Those who perform background checks are subject to strict regulations under the Fair […]

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