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Found a Criminal Record? Proceed with Caution

Posted by Bob Mather on August 08, 2017

Most human resource professionals have an incredibly busy work week. Piles of resumes on the desk, hiring deadlines to meet and more. When a background check comes back with a criminal record, many human resources (HR) leaders simply reject the candidate and move on to the next candidates.

The rejection of an applicant based on an obvious "no hire" criminal record rule is one of the most common lawsuits hitting employers in the United States today. Plaintiffs lawyers are hitting corporations with lawsuits, alleging failure to follow adverse action protocols at an astonishing rate. 

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Topics: FCRA, Adverse Action, FCRA Compliance

5 Myths of Hiring Ex-felons: Fact vs. Fiction

Posted by Bob Mather on March 20, 2017

Most people understand that the primary focus of a background screening company is to find criminal records and accurately report them to the entity requesting the information.

What many may not realize is employers across the nation are actively looking for criminal record activity in order to actually hire a felon. 

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Topics: Background Checks, hiring compliance, criminal record, Lawsuit, FTC, FCRA, Disclosure & Authorization Form, Adverse Action

Using a DIY Background Check in the Hiring Process Could Put Your Company at Risk

Posted by Stacy Prewitt on October 10, 2016

Do-it-yourself (DIY) background checks can appear to be faster and less expensive, but the quick and-easy approach may not serve even a small company’s best interests and could actually put your company at significant risk.

According to an article in Business News Daily, “The vast majority of these DIY websites specifically say they are not to be used as part of the employment screening process because the websites are not compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).” Non-compliance with FCRA guidelines when doing a background check for employment have resulted in multi-million dollar lawsuits against employers.

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Topics: Human Resources, Background Checks, hiring compliance, criminal record, employees, Applicant, Lawsuit, FTC, FCRA, Disclosure & Authorization Form, Adverse Action

5 Risk-Reducing Tips for Healthcare Background Screening

Posted by Stacy Prewitt on September 06, 2016

Healthcare providers need to meet several federal and state compliance requirements in order to reduce legal risks, fraud and the protect their patients and their information.

Recruiting and hiring the right healthcare employee can add different levels of risk to your company. Performing a comprehensive background check and verifying licenses on all candidates, employees, volunteers, and contractors can be an effective way to reveal potential risks or concerns that ultimately affect your company.

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Topics: Background Checks, hiring compliance, criminal record, Lawsuit, FTC, FCRA, Healthcare, education verification, Disclosure & Authorization Form, Adverse Action

Employer Beware!... 3 Reasons Not To Conduct Pre-offer Background Checks

Posted by Stacy Prewitt on August 23, 2016

Conducting background checks can reveal key information about employees that strongly indicates how they may perform on the job. However, the timing of when to take this step isn't always clear. While some employers might think that it’s a good idea to request a background check for every candidate that submits a job application, it’s really not to the employer’s advantage.

Consider these 3 factors when conducting background checks on your potential candidates. 

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Topics: Background Checks, EEOC, hiring compliance, interview process, criminal record, Age Discrimination, Lawsuit, Disclosure & Authorization Form, Adverse Action

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