The Dust Hasn’t Settled Yet: Employers Must Continue to Be Thoughtful About Criminal Record Screening Policies

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  Our friends at Littler Mendelson P.C. recently posted this article: Last month, the new chair of the EEOC, Charlotte A. Burrows, was the keynote speaker at a conference regarding new research on criminal recidivism.1  The EEOC has been mostly quiet on the topic of criminal background checks and Title VII since the U.S. Court Read more »

Applicant Experience in Background Screening

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Background screening is likely one of the final steps in your hiring process, yet also one of the most important. It can be key to fostering a positive candidate experience while at the same time providing better safety and security for all parties – and data – involved. Take a candidate-centric approach throughout all your Read more »

Background Screening Trends to Watch For

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As your company moves forward, what current trends should be on your radar screen when it comes to employment-related background screening and drug testing? Which issues, tools, and technology do you need to be aware of in order to optimize the effectiveness of your processes and ensure complete confidence in every hire? Consider this food Read more »

The Secret to Improve Background Check Turnaround Times: Have Us Speak Directly to Candidates

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  Background checks are ubiquitous today. They also can create some big headaches for human resource (HR) departments. Candidates may not give them all the information they need, and there’s a lot of back-and-forth.  Then, finally, when they think they have all the information, the hiring company gives that information to a Consumer Reporting Agency Read more »

Ninth Circuit Reinforces Prohibition Against “Extraneous” Information In Background Check Disclosures

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  Our friends at Littler Mendelson P.C. recently posted this article: On March 20, 2020, the Ninth Circuit issued its third opinion on the question of when an employer’s background check disclosure satisfies the so-called “standalone” disclosure requirement in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).1 The new opinion, like the two prior ones (Syed and Gilberg), reads the Read more »

Five Key Regulations You Must Follow When Conducting a Background Check

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Here are five considerations to keep on your radar screen when it comes to recent developments in compliance laws and other factors impacting pre-employment background checks: Recent Developments in Federal Laws There are two notable updates to federal laws regarding background checks – one related to screening and the other a reminder about a new Read more »

Background Checks: Best Practices for Communication and Customer Service

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  We have worked with many new clients who found themselves frustrated with their previous background check partner. We hear lots of feedback: the turnaround time was too slow, the information was inaccurate, or their prices were too high. But by far, the one we hear the most often is a lot simpler: they were Read more »

How Has Covid-19 Impacted Background Screening Throughout the Hiring Process?

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As you’ve steered your business through the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, you most likely have had to adjust your hiring and candidate screening procedures a bit – or maybe it’s been a major pivot as you’ve been forced to downsize upsize or re-skill to meet fluctuating customer demand. Regardless of your company’s circumstances, the pandemic has Read more »

Is There a Chance My Candidate Got a False Positive Drug Result?

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As a responsible employer, you’re obligated to protect your employees’ health and safety and anyone with whom they come in contact. That’s reason enough to ensure that your job candidate drug screens are watertight. The ongoing crisis of opiate abuse and the increasing legalization of marijuana have emphasized the importance of pre-employment drug testing across Read more »

5 Hidden Ways to Improve Background Check Turnaround Time

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In our last article, we revealed four strategies to achieve faster pre-employment background checks. We weren’t surprised at all at the attention the article received. We know from speaking with frustrated employers in nearly every industry that turnaround time is always a top concern when it comes to background screening. You can’t afford to wait Read more »