The Federal Trade Commission enforces the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which outlines what you must do when requesting a background check for pre-employment. To start, before you request the background check, you must tell the applicant and get permission from them. These 2 things must happen using documents that contain no “extraneous” information and…

These days, running a background check on a candidate during the recruiting process is common practice. Most employers know they need to get consent in a stand alone form and provide the results of the check to the candidate in some cases (for more information on this see the EEOC’s website: https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/background_checks_employers.cfm) But what about…

There is a plethora of companies in today’s background screening industry. A quick Google search of the term “ professional background check company ” generates over 7 million hits! These results range from honest reliable companies to others that will charge anywhere from $20-$50 dollars for an “instant national criminal search”. Their claim is that…

A dictionary definition of ‘streamlining’ is to: “make (an organization or system) more efficient and effective by employing faster or simpler working methods.” Since our expertise only falls within the screening and candidate assessment step of the recruitment process, we did a bit of extra research for advice on the rest of the process. Turns…

From what we’ve seen, almost all of our customers have been there: halfway through the interview process and already cautiously optimistic that they may have found their purple squirrel. Then they get to the “Pre-Employment Background Check” step. It’s always tempting to cut corners, especially with the continued pressure from management to cut costs. But DIY…

One of the most common questions we hear when it comes to international background checks is “how long do they take.” Companies considering international candidates are no less eager to bring them aboard than locals, and anything that slows you down the finalization can be a major stumbling block. While we know this is the…

In 2015, an estimated 2.7 million people were evicted in the US. That’s a mind-boggling number, and with the upward trend in evictions, that’s likely to have grown in the two years since. The largest factor driving this eviction trend is the rising cost of rent, while salaries and wages have simultaneously stagnated, and the…

The right people can make all the difference to your company’s success, but the wrong ones could literally sink it. Great people make great companies. Or as Sir Richard Branson so often says, “teamwork makes the dream work.” However, while the right people can make all the difference to your company’s success, the wrong ones…

There’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution to corporate due diligence, so you have to look for the right fit for your company. Ignorance of the law is rarely a defence in a court of law. That’s just as true in business as it is in your personal life. But while it’s usually fairly easy to keep yourself…

Jobs have gotten a lot more specific these days. Roles are far more complex, and there’s a good chance that at least one of the positions you will need to fill will combine a weird mish mash of skills, some of which may be scarce. After all, there’s no longer room for one trick ponies…

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