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Bob and Weave: Changes to Keep HR Effective During COVID-19

Posted by Susan McCullah

Apr 7, 2020 10:30:00 AM

To say 2020 came in like a fire breathing dragon on a drunken bender is putting it mildly. But don’t let business complications stemming from COVID-19 knock you off your game. HR must move forward in their efforts to serve their company’s job applicants and employees well.

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Topics: background check, criminal records search, background checks, hiring process, candidate experience, Coronavirus, COVID-19, QuickApp

Hiring During the COVID-19 Pandemic? How to Keep It On Track

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 25, 2020 11:01:55 AM

The United States is dealing with the spread of the Coronavirus and it’s affecting all aspects of life. Some industries are laying off workers as their operations slow down or close, while other industries, like healthcare, are ramping up.

If your organization is in a segment that is keeping business as almost-usual, you might be trying to move forward with hiring plans to fill open positions. But how?

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Topics: reference check, background screening company, background check, background checks, hiring process, Coronavirus, COVID-19

HR’s Ultimate Background Screening Checklist

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 5, 2020 12:50:48 PM

Needle in a haystack?

Hiring quality employees can be challenging to any organization. However, high-performing A-players are essential components in building a well-oiled, successful company that can serve clients and maintain a competitive edge. Unfortunately, even candidates who look promising on paper and ace the interview might still be the wrong choice.

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Topics: background screen, background check, background screening practices, Employer use of criminal records, background check services, hiring process, employment laws, PBSA

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

Driver Screening: Is Your Company's Biggest Risk on the Road?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 15, 2017 1:08:14 PM

 

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, background check, post-employment screening, negligent hiring, driver screening, background check services

Background Screening Situations that will Make You SCREAM!

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 31, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Over the years, we have seen our background check tools unearth many scary surprises that were hiding deeply in applicants’ histories. Job candidates who look perfect and sound great can still harbor dangerous skeletons in their closets, and those can be detrimental to the safety of your workplace.

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Topics: Background screening, background check, Litigation avoidance, 2017 Hiring, hiring process

Results from Background Screening Survey Conducted for NAPBS

Posted by NAPBS

May 23, 2017 9:09:39 AM

This article was originally posted by National Association of Professional Background Screeners at http://www.napbs.com/NAPBS/assets/File/NAPBS_Survey.pdf

As employers seek to make informed decisions related to their hiring, ensure safety in our workplaces and communities, and retain the most qualified candidates and mitigate risk, they are increasingly turning to a professional background check to accomplish their goals.

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Topics: Employment screening policy, background screening company, NAPBS, background check, HR Professionals, background screening practices

California Lawmakers Introduce Statewide Ban the Box Law

Posted by Jennifer Mora

Mar 28, 2017 9:12:27 AM

This information was originally posted on SHRM.org by Jennifer Mora

When it comes to legislation restricting employer use of criminal records, California seems to be leading the charge.

In the last six months alone, we have reported on a variety of new laws that apply to a California employer that uses criminal records as a background check in pre-hire and other employment decisions. 

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

California Employers Subject to New Requirements When Using Criminal History Information

Posted by Jennifer Mora

Mar 2, 2017 1:31:11 PM

Educating our clients on important industry changes and regulations that affect their businesses is one of Data Facts' top goals.

California employers, and companies with branches or divisions in California, should familiarize themselves with the following information. 

*Originally posted on Littler.com by Jennifer Mora. 

In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its long-awaited “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964” (2012 Guidance).  The 2012 EEOC Guidance does not prohibit employers from using criminal records, but outlines best practices that the EEOC advises employers to follow, including a recommendation that employers, among other things: (1) remove from employment applications the question that asks job applicants to self-disclose their criminal record; (2) not make an employment decision based solely on the fact of an arrest record; and (3) conduct an “individualized assessment” before rejecting an applicant or terminating an employee because of a conviction. 

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Topics: Criminal records, background check, EEOC, background screening practices

Ninth Circuit Rules an Employer Willfully Violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by Including Liability Waiver With the Disclosure Form

Posted by Abigail Green

Feb 14, 2017 3:58:23 PM

Data Facts wants to educate our clients on compliant best practices with their background check policies. Simple errors can be considered a willful violation of the FCRA. Don't fall victim to expensive lawsuits due to negligence or lack of oversight!

~Originally posted at JD Supra Business Advisor by Abigail Green

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit ruled that an employer willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by including a liability waiver in a disclosure and authorization form that it provided to a job applicant. As a result, the employer could be held liable for statutory damages ranging from $100 to $1,000, punitive damages, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs, even though the employee did not suffer any actual harm. Syed v. M-I, LLC, 2017 WL 242559 (9th Cir. 2017).

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, background check, FCRA, Litigation avoidance, background screening practices

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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.