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7 Smart 2019 Background Screening Resolutions HR Should Make NOW

Posted by Julie Henderson

Dec 19, 2018 10:29:42 AM

With record low unemployment, finding, recruiting, and keeping high performing employees in your organization will be more challenging in 2019 than in the recent past. Even so, it’s entirely possible to be productive and successful in your hiring endeavors. It just takes planning and commitment.

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Here are 7 smart resolutions relating to background check processes that are essential for HR to consider in 2019 and beyond.

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Topics: hiring process, background check services, background screening practices, background checks, adverse action procedures, Compliance, background screen, background screening company

Confusing Background Check Disclosures Can Result in Employer Compliance FCRA Trouble!

Posted by Nadia D. Adams

Dec 4, 2018 10:23:57 AM

Data Facts strives to keep our clients informed about the importance of diligent and consistent compliance in their background check processes. This article was written by Nadia D. Adams and originally published online at The National Law Review.

On November 29, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Mitchell v. Winco Foods, No. 17-35998, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 33483 (9th Cir. Nov. 29, 2018); a Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) case on appeal after the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case for lack of standing.

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Topics: employment laws, employer compliance, Litigation avoidance, FCRA, Employer hot topics, adverse action procedures

Be A Hiring Ham: Audit Your Hiring Process Now for 2019 Success

Posted by Maddie Bradin

Nov 30, 2018 9:52:02 AM

Nobody wants to be a turkey. That’s why Human Resource professionals must maintain diligence and consistency to create the most relevant, efficient hiring process possible.

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Topics: hiring process, background check services, unlawful discriminatory hiring practice, Employment screening policy, Pre-employment screening

Why HR Should Add Driver Screening to Their Hiring Process

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 31, 2018 1:06:16 PM

Driving is risky. Rampant smartphone use, construction, weather, and a variety of other factors work against drivers. It’s especially challenging for those who drive for a living. Add to that long hours of exhausted driving, potential issues with drugs or alcohol, and the chances of causing or being involved in an accident are above average.

At first glance, HR Professionals may think this article doesn’t pertain to them if they work in an industry besides transportation. However, organizations offering deliveries or employing a traveling sales staff are open to the costly risks that having drivers on the payroll brings.

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Topics: Background screening, HR Professionals, hiring process, driver screening

Should You Incorporate Social Media in Your Background Check Services?

Posted by Lisa May

Sep 13, 2018 2:47:56 PM

HR Professionals understand the importance of properly vetting their employees. Using background checks to make certain the job candidate has the skills and education that are listed on the resume (and doesn’t have recent, dangerous crimes or drug use in their past that could be detrimental to the workplace) is an important responsibility. 

With the eruption of social media, hiring professionals have been tempted to peek at job candidates’ profiles. It could be argued, after all, that the individual shares posts, tweets, and photos of themselves. Why not use those to build a clearer picture and form opinions about them during the hiring process?

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Topics: social media screening, background check services, Background screening

Protect Your Senior Care Facility from Lawsuits and Be Prepared for the Possible Future:Begin Developing Your Nursing Home’s Resident Criminal Background Check Processes

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM

A Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania nursing home is now paying $7.5 million after being held responsible for the sexual assault of one of its patients by a fellow resident. On the surface, that may sound incredibly unfair, but the details of the case highlight a growing problem in the senior care industry. The assailant was a man with a known criminal history of sexual misconduct, and the nursing home knew of his record. 

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Topics: background check services, Criminal records, Baby Boomers, background screen, Background screening

Employment Laws: Vermont Employers Can't Ask About Salary History

Posted by Johnna Leeds

Jun 29, 2018 1:44:02 PM

The way organizations recruit, interview, and choose new employees is changing in a variety of ways. What were once commonplace practices are now being phased out in favor of new processes that are less discriminatory and equal for everyone.

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Topics: hiring process, employer compliance, background screening practices, background checks, salary history ban, Vermont, employment laws

Washington Ban-The-Box Law Limits Criminal Background Checks

Posted by Jackson Lewis

Apr 16, 2018 1:06:00 PM

Effective June 6, 2018, Washington will be the next state to implement “ban the box” legislation, which restricts employers from executing a criminal background check on the job applicant during the initial stages of the application process.

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Topics: background check services, Employer use of criminal records, Ban the Box, background checks, Background screening

April Fool's Jokes Job Applicants Pull Year Round

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 30, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Opinions vary, but everyone agrees that what you see on the resume and application isn't necessarily truthful or to be taken at face value.

For HR professionals and hiring managers who take the claims at face value, well, the joke could very well be on you! 
Inaccurate information ranges from small little exaggerations to big boldfaced lies. And not catching them can cost your company big!
Here are three April Fool's jokes applicants pull year round, and how a complete background check process helps you spot them a mile away before you make a hiring mistake. . 

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Topics: Background screening, background screening company, background screen, HR Professionals

Avoid Hiring Lawsuits with Background Checks: The ABC's

Posted by Susan McCullah

Feb 28, 2018 1:39:57 PM

Conducting a background check on job applicants is key in deciding on  the most qualified person who is the least risk to the workplace. However, companies must take precautions with their background screening process to make sure they are treating job seekers fairly and in a uniform manner.

Here are the ABCs of avoiding hiring lawsuits with background screening.

A: Adhere to adverse action procedures.

HR professionals must understand and execute adverse hiring procedures if they decide in whole or part to deny employment based on information obtained in a background report. Pre-adverse action letters must be sent, and then a few days (usually five or more) and a final adverse action letter is sent. Follow this every single time to avoid litigation. 

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Topics: Background screening, Hiring, Litigation avoidance

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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.