Have You Double Checked Your List of Santas This Year?

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With all the busyness – and this year, uncertainty – surrounding the holiday season, it may be tempting to look the other way when it comes to completing background checks on seasonal workers. This would be a mistake that could put a real Grinch in your festivities.  Remember, temporary workers usually have access to your Read more »

Blind Hiring: Reduce Unconscious Bias in Your Hiring Process

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You may not think associating the word “blind” with your hiring process would be a positive thing, but it’s actually the ideal thing to strive for as you make the most informed recruitment decisions. Blind hiring helps eliminate unconscious bias and build workplace diversity by enabling you to be more objective when evaluating candidates, free from having a preconceived notion Read more »

How Can You Confirm Your Candidate Has a History of Personal Integrity?

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Billionaire business mogul Warren Buffett had this to say about the importance of hiring candidates who show integrity: “Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. Read more »

Should You Be Rescreening Your Seasonal Employee?

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Rehiring seasonal workers generally makes solid business sense. You already know them – and they know you. They’ve performed well for you in the past, or you wouldn’t even be thinking of bringing them back. So, why bother with the time and expense of rescreening them before they start?  A Corner You Can’t Afford to Read more »

Do Background Checks Expire?

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Proper background screening is essential to mitigate risk and ensure positive hires and a safe working environment at your company. Initial background checks never lose their validity, but certain circumstances raise the need for review and, in some cases, rescreening. For many employers, this may be a timely issue as your business practices evolve with changes necessitated by the Read more »

Ban the Box Laws Take Effect in Virginia

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Well over three-quarters of the U.S. population now live in jurisdictions covered by Ban the Box laws, which remove the criminal conviction question from job applications and delay related background checks until later in the hiring process. Also known as fair chance hiring laws, these mandates aim to prevent discrimination against candidates who have criminal records. In addition to Read more »

Here’s Why You Need to be Outsourcing Your Pre-Employment Screenings

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Every time you bring a new hire on board, you make a significant investment in your business. It’s an overwhelming responsibility. You may be pressed for time and anxious to fill an open position “yesterday” – especially if the vacancy is the result of a sudden, unexpected resignation. But you can’t make a final hiring decision based Read more »

EEOC Prohibits Mandatory Antibody Testing for Employees Returning to Work

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Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, you’ve probably been laser-focused on local, regional, and state restrictions, as well as guidelines issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But you can’t afford to let the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rules fall by the wayside, now or ever.  What’s New with Read more »

2020 Trends: Greater Focus on Background Screening Gig Economy

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The term “gig economy” refers to a free market system in which businesses hire independent contractors, freelancers, or short-term workers to fill jobs or complete assignments. It has its roots in the world of the performing arts, where musicians, comedians, and others have traditionally referred to their paid appearances as “gigs.”  In 2018, nearly 36 percent of the Read more »

Do Small Businesses Need to Conduct Background Checks, Too?

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Whether you employ two people or 2,222, a thorough background check of every prospective hire can make or break your business. Top reasons for conducting background checks, according to LinkedIn, include:   Flagging any criminal convictions in an individual’s past.   Spotting any past infractions that may affect a person’s ability to do a job.   Avoiding liability and Read more »