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How Should Businesses Conduct Background Checks in the Post-Pandemic World?

The post-pandemic world has presented additional challenges for employers when it comes to compliance, but employment screening can offer numerous benefits. These include better-informed hiring decisions that keep workplaces safe; compliance with Ban-the-Box laws, which are expected to increase in numbers through the course of 2021; and incident prevention, a more effective way to deal […]

How the Pandemic Affected Background Screening in 2020

The pandemic has caused employers to face a struggling economy and a challenge to remain viable and maintain operations while reducing the risk of contagion to their workforce. Some notable changes to the legal landscape when it comes to managing background screening programs include the enactment of additional Ban-the-Box laws and Pay Equity and Salary […]

New Hire Screening is Crucial for Industries Whose Need for Employees Grows Due to COVID-19

Although many have found themselves unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some industries are under strain and seeking to hire new staff. The health sector and online retailers have witnessed big increases in their need for employees, causing them to need to hire quickly and put HR managers under a great deal of stress. Using […]

The Power of Proximity: Influencing in the Era of Social Distancing

Research conducted by MIT’s Human Dynamics Lab has found that 80 percent of our ability to influence someone else occurs during face-to-face interactions and that physical requests are 34 times more effective than those sent by email. The ability to read one another’s social signals, including facial expressions, body movements, and gestures, has become difficult […]

4 Simple Ways to Pandemic-Proof Your Employee Background Verification Process

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new challenges for the background screening industry with educational institutes and government and private offices closing their doors, but there are several things that can be done to allow for the adaptation of present-day barriers. These include reaching out to the partner/verification services provider to better understand the ground reality, […]

California Will Free Up to 8,000 Inmates to Limit Virus Spread

According to a Politico report, California Gov. Gavin Newsom will expedite the release of up to 8,000 inmates to limit the spread of the coronavirus among inmates and prison staff under an order that applies to inmates who have less than a year remaining in their sentences. The order does, however, prohibit the release of […]

Background Checks in the Age of Coronavirus

“The problem for those who are hiring, or are re-hiring laid-off workers, is how to conduct pre-hire due diligence and background checks when many courts, schools, and businesses are closed – resulting in employers and educational institutions unable to respond to verification requests,” Rosen writes in the whitepaper. In the whitepaper, Rosen discusses how Coronavirus […]

IBM Offers Best Practices for Managers During the COVID-19 Crisis

Employees across the country are seeking the guidance of their employers regarding mental health, work/life management, and productivity throughout the COVID-19 crisis, according to IBM HR Vice President Deb Bubb, chief leadership, learning, and inclusion officer. Bubb recommends engaging the team, becoming strategic, earning the team’s trust, being seen, and being your best, preparing for […]

How to Maintain Hiring and Background Checks Amid COVID-19

The closure of courts during the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in accessing criminal records for those looking to hire employees. There has been discussion about finding a “balanced risk,” with some leaning heavily on a national criminal background check, rather than a state- or jurisdiction-based model. This trade-off between fast and safe hiring is […]

Employment Screening Challenges Intensify Due to COVID-19

The employment background screening industry has been disrupted as employers adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Corporate Screening reporting that its health care business and government-related business is up, while its energy and manufacturing have both declined by about 40 percent. In addition, Pamela Devata, a partner in Seyfarth Shaw, said that court closures and […]


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