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Around the World in A Day: Screening Your International Job Candidates

Posted by Susan McCullah

May 10, 2021 10:25:03 AM

When it comes to hiring the best employees possible, background checks are essential. However, employers must realize that many applicants have spent time in other countries. Failing to conduct background screening for those time periods could cause you to miss important information like criminal convictions. That’s why international background screening is more important than ever before.

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, background screening company, background checks, international background screening

An Ode to Background Screening

Posted by Susan McCullah

Apr 29, 2021 10:30:00 AM

April is designated as National Poetry Month. Usually when people think of poetry, their thoughts go toward love, nature, life, and sorrow. However, poems can be used to describe and celebrate just about anything you're passionate about!

Data Facts has been in the background screening industry since 1989. We are passionate about providing consistent, reliable information our clients can trust and use to reach the best hiring decisions for their companies. That's why we decided to write an ode to background screening. We hope you enjoy it! 

An Ode to Background Screening

What helps businesses hire the people they need,

While avoiding violence, lies, mistruths, and greed,

With information they wouldn’t have otherwise seen?

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Topics: background screen, background check, background report, National Poetry Month

Illinois Tightens Restrictions on Use of Criminal Checks in Hiring

Posted by National Law Review

Apr 8, 2021 1:30:00 PM

This article was originally published by The National Law Review and can be accessed here.

Illinois employers have been prohibited from using arrest records as the basis for employment decisions under Section 103 of the Illinois Human Rights Actfor a long time. On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill (SB) 1480 into law, which added a new Section 103.1 to the IHRA that severely restricts the ability of employers to rely on conviction records in making employment decisions.  

Section 103.1 is effective immediately, and prohibits use of a conviction record as the basis for an employment decision unless:

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Topics: criminal records search, Employer use of criminal records, employment laws, illinois

Why the Easter Bunny Would Never Pass A Background Check

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 31, 2021 11:49:53 AM

As children, thoughts of the Easter Bunny made us clap with glee. And why wouldn't we? He visits our homes with gifts of yummy candy and gifts. He’s also cute and fluffy, with his big ears and cotton tail.

No one would guess he's hiding an unsavory past.

He may look adorable and harmless, but the Easter Bunny holds secrets he doesn’t want getting out to his devoted fans. If you’re an employer, you'd be surprised if you did a background check on the Easter Bunny. He would never pass!

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Topics: social media screening, Hiring, criminal records search, Drug Screening, education verification, employment history

When Social Media Screening Works...and When It Doesn't

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 25, 2021 9:30:00 AM

 

 

Employers are increasingly turning to social media profiles to screen their job candidates. And why not? If the individual shares posts, tweets, and photos of themselves, why shouldn’t hiring managers tap into those to build a clearer picture and form opinions about them during the hiring process?

Applicants may share information on their favorite social media channel that would valuable for a company to know BEFORE they hire them.

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Topics: social media screening, social media, Employer hot topics, employer compliance, background screening process

Smart Ways to Honor Women's History Month in March

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 5, 2021 1:00:00 PM

As a women-owned business, Women’s History Month is especially important to us. We are thrilled to do business as women, to raise our daughters, encourage our sisters, and cheer on our nieces and granddaughters to be what they dream they can be. The women who came before us made these opportunities possible.

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Topics: women in the workplace, women's history month

New York City Council Expands Fair Chance Act

Posted by Garrett David Kennedy

Feb 18, 2021 11:39:04 AM

This information was originally shared on Lexology and can be viewed here.

Upcoming New York City Law Alert!

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill expanding the scope of N29ew York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA) on January 10, 2021.

The new law significantly extends employment protections for applicants and employees with criminal charges or arrests, providing further prohibitions on NYC employers from taking adverse actions based on their criminal history.

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Topics: Employer hot topics, pamela devata, Ban the Box, New York City, Fair Chance Act

5 Background Check Mistakes that Can Derail Your 2021 Hiring Success

Posted by Susan McCullah

Feb 11, 2021 1:45:00 PM

As we look at 2020 in the rearview mirror, our thoughts turn to the year ahead. New Years marks a fresh start and a chance to do things better than we did in years past.

HR professionals should take this time to think about their hiring process and how they can improve it. After all, with the vaccine on the horizon for everyone, 2021 is bound to shake things up in the workforce in a variety of ways.

Making sure you crush the hiring process, land A-players, and onboard them successfully is a top priority in 2021. Unfortunately, there may be actions you’re currently taking that work against you. Here are 6 background check mistakes that can derail your 2021 hiring success.

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, background screening company, background screen, background checks, salary history question

Colorado Salary History Question Ban in Effect

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jan 22, 2021 2:28:56 PM

Colorado is the newest state to follow the trend of banning the salary history question on the application and during the interviewing process. 

The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act law, which was signed by the governor in May 2019, took effect on January 1, 2021. 

What Is the Law?

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Topics: Colorado, Good hiring practices, Compliance, salary history ban, salary history question

ICE Extends I-9 Form Flexibility to Jan. 31, 2021

Posted by I-9 Updates

Jan 12, 2021 8:45:50 AM

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has extended its interim policy allowing virtual document-inspection methods for Form I-9 until Jan. 31. This is the 6th time the policy has been extended.

The provision applies only to employers and workplaces that are operating completely remotely because of the public health crisis.

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Topics: I-9 compliance, Employer hot topics, I-9 requirement, Hiring docs

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~~Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager/ Background Screening Division for Data Facts, Inc, a 25 year old Memphis based company. Data Facts Inc -an NAPBS accredited company- is a leading provider of employment screening solutions. Check out our website for a complete explanation of our services.