There’s an old saying that goes “How do you turn an ordinary man into a murderer? Put him behind the wheel of a vehicle!” Sadly, it’s a fact that more than 37,000 Americans die in road crashes every year, while an additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled. Having any of these on your conscience is too many…

Recruiting candidates for the financial services sector carries a higher level of risk than many other industries, because jobs that offer access to money might attract people who have the wrong intentions. It’s important to ensure before you make an offer that prospective employees are financially stable, to avoid exposing the company to that risk….

From verification of identity to sourcing of criminal records, it’s important to avoid violations during candidate background checks. Checking the background of a prospective employee during the recruitment process might sound like a standard activity, but a number of laws regulate the desire for information. To make sure you don’t end up on the hook…

With one in four Americans now carrying a criminal record according to statistics from the Charles Koch Institute, a full quarter of the country’s eligible workforce may be seeing their opportunities to work and earn a living limited by the results that turn up during a pre-employment check. Since unemployment is at its lowest in…

This month we are trying something new: a recap of the top three news stories that include an aspect related to background checks. Generally background checks aren’t something that people assume would be front page news but hopefully, we can convince you that they are more prevalent than commonly thought. The three news stories that…

The Study Last month, Glassdoor released a study about the average length of the interview process in 25 countries. The study analyzed data from hundreds of thousands of online reviews posted anonymously to the Glassdoor website. Industry wide studies, like this one, are important to benchmark against to help improve your processes and your candidate…

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Disposal Rule loosely outlines what needs to happen to any consumer report that your company gains access to, and the sensitive information derived from those reports. What is a Consumer Report? Consumer reports are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and consist of any information that you get…

If you’ve ever gotten a job or hired an employee in the United States you’ve filled out an I-9 form. The form is used to verify a new hire’s identification and their right to work in the States. All U.S. employers must complete (including document verification) and store an I-9 form for every single individual…

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…

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…

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