Building on the success of last month’s ‘Background Checks in the News’ post, here are our picks for the top news stories for the past month that included an aspect related to background checks. This month we are re-capping 4 news stories: California Statewide Ban-the-Box Law Receiving an Updated Background Report May Require a Second…

What it’s about Most recruiters and HR professionals know that pre-employment background screening is a must-have step in any interview process. But what about after the candidate gets the job, how long is the background check valid for? After the candidate becomes an employee, and depending on the size of the company, they will fall…

Screening internal applicants is a best practice for your interview process. Having a policy in place that outlines how and why you re-screen your employees when they move within the company will eliminate any confusion from internal applicants and show external applicants that you aren’t discriminating against them. Your screening policy for applicants should cover…

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…

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…

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…

You’ve probably heard the old saying that there are only two things in life that are certain: death and taxes. A Federal tax lien is the literal documentation for the latter. The Federal government issues these liens to recover unpaid taxes, and they are proof that when it comes to their money, the IRS is…

Whether we like it or not, the laws related to marijuana are changing. There are already several states that have legalized it’s use to varying degrees, while as many as twelve more will vote on marijuana related legislation this year. As the states that have already legalized marijuana’s use continue to record neutral or positive…

With so many more people out there, applying for jobs, moving across states and even emigrating to and from other countries, it’s become more and more common for employees and prospective employees to be hiding shady histories. Sometimes, they’re simply embarrassed about something they did in the past, but sometimes, those prospective employees may even…

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