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Spooky Hiring Situations for Halloween 2019

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 31, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Trick or Treat!

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Topics: Good hiring practices, background checks, background screening practices, hiring process

Changes in Legislation that Affects Background Screening

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 28, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Most of today’s companies utilize some sort of background screening process before making a hiring decision. Criminal searches, driving record searches, reference checks, employment and education verifications, assessment testing, credit checks, and drug screening all fall under the “background screening” umbrella.

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Topics: Litigation avoidance, background screening practices, Ban the Box, Employer use of criminal records

The Technology Side of Background Screening HR Must Know

Posted by Tammy Henry

Jul 18, 2019 4:01:00 PM

By the very definition of the title Human Resources professional, the focus is primarily on, well, humans. HR is responsible for employee interactions, policies and procedures, choosing the best new hires, and many other responsibilities involving people.

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Topics: background check, HR Professionals, background screening practices, hiring process

Colorado Enacts ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation Effective September 2019

Posted by Ryan P. Lessmann

Jun 27, 2019 8:40:00 AM

This article was written by Ryan P. Lessmann and first appeared on the National Law Review website.

In an effort to prevent persons with criminal records from being automatically ruled out for job vacancies, Colorado Governor Jared Polis has signed “ban the box” legislation. The new law will go into effect in September 2019 for employers with at least 11 employees, and employers with fewer than 11 employees have until September 2021 to comply.

This makes Colorado the 13th state to enact “ban the box” legislation for private employers.

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Topics: Colorado, Background screening, Hiring, Ban the Box, Employer use of criminal records

7 Things HR Professionals Need to Know About Choosing the Best Vendors

Posted by Stewart Gott

Jun 14, 2019 9:52:00 AM

It probably doesn’t keep us up every night, but our company vendors are extremely important. They make certain our processes run smoothly, our shelves stay stocked, and we have access to necessities like the internet, copiers, and phone systems.

HR vendor partners are especially important. After all, what’s more critical to organizational success than their human capital?

HR is typically in charge of vendors that include recruiting companies, job boards, Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) systems, background check companies, payroll services, and employee training vendors. This list isn’t exhaustive, but it shows that HR shoulders significant responsibility in choosing vendors that are reputable, dependable, and perform well. Toss in the hundred other projects HR handles and it’s easy to see why thoughtful consideration of every vendor can seem overwhelming. However, if HR makes the wrong vendor decisions, there may be costly and long-term consequences to the company.

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Topics: Third Party Vendor Management, Employer hot topics, hiring process, Vendor Management, choosing the best vendors

New York City Bans Pre-Employment Testing for Marijuana Use

Posted by Murtha Cullina

May 17, 2019 1:05:00 PM

Data Facts strives to inform our clients of the ever-evolving laws and regulations affecting their background screening process. This article first appeared on the JDSupra website. 

Effective May 10, 2020, New York City’s Human Rights Law will prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to submit to a marijuana or THC drug test as a condition of employment, with some limited exceptions. The NYC law is the first to ban pre-employment testing, but likely not the last in light of increasing momentum to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. 

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Drug Screening, background check services

Automated Tools HR Needs to Understand

Posted by Sonya Weathers

Apr 24, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Whoever first said, “Nothing stays the same except change”, should have received a big prize because it’s true. HR Professionals can testify everything about the way people are recruited, hired, and onboarded constantly evolves and shifts.

In the last few years, technology that affects HR has moved in dog years: Each one feels like seven. How can HR pros, who already have a dozen important tasks on their plates, keep up and stay relevant?

It’s a difficult question.

Here are 5 important directions hiring technology is moving. HR pros must understand these so they can stay competitive in the current environment.

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Social Media Background Checks: Are They Okay?Ask #HR Bartender

Posted by Sharlyn Lauby

Apr 4, 2019 10:50:12 AM

Data Facts periodically shares insights from other publications that are relevant to our audience. This article was written by Sharlyn Lauby of #HRBartender and first appeared on HR Bartender.

I knew that today’s title will get your attention. I’ve been waiting for someone to send me this question! I’m sure this reader’s note will resonate with many: 

I have a question regarding social media. Last year, we came across a candidate who had a number of recent social media posts expressing racially charged views. We decided not to move this candidate along in the selection process as these posts didn’t reflect our company’s values. Our thought process was:
1) They’re a reflection of our brand and we don’t want to be associated with those views and,
2) Those views probably wouldn’t be good for employee morale. 
Were we wrong to use social media in this way? Is there a legal issue with making decisions like this in the future? Would appreciate your insight!
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Topics: Background screening, social media, Employer hot topics, industry expert, background checks, background check services

How to Rock Your Candidate Experience in 2019

Posted by Lisa May

Feb 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

“A recent survey by CareerBuilder found that 44% of businesses are looking to hire full-time employees and 51% are planning to hire temporary employees. But 45% of those surveyed said they are unable to fill the much-needed positions due to the lack of qualified talent.”

The booming economy is creating many jobs. The older Boomers are leaving positions that are difficult to fill. These scenarios, coupled with the fact that the unemployment rate is hovering around 4%, the fight for high-performing employees might feel a bit like The Hunger Games. High-quality candidates are probably measuring your company and its offerings against multiple other organizations.

Their decisions could well be determined by how they are treated during the recruiting and interviewing process.

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Topics: background checks, candidate experience, company culture

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

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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.