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"Instant" is Bad for Coffee AND Background Searches

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 27, 2016 10:11:34 AM

The 21st century is the age of instant. From texts, pictures, and phone calls, to finding the name of the boy who played the youngest Brady kid, we have information and communication at our fingertips, available in seconds. 

Is that why employers are crazy about the idea of an instant background check

We hear about them everyday from clients, and competitors constantly tout instant criminal records searches returned in seconds. 

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Topics: credit checks, background check, Litigation avoidance, background screening practices, background check services

What Employers Must Know About A Social Security Trace

Posted by Johnna Leeds

May 17, 2016 11:49:22 AM

The Social Security Number Trace, AKA “Alias Search” is a vital step in the background check process. Employers must understand its advantages as well as its limitations before utilizing it in their hiring process in order to maintain hiring compliance.

A social security trace IS: 

  • A powerful investigative tool that may provide information on an individual’s name, history, present and past addresses, and movement patterns based upon the applicant’s Social Security Number. 
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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Employment screening policy, background screen, background check, Good hiring practices, Compliance, social security trace, background check services

Employer Hot Topics Businesses Must Know

Posted by ESLTG

Apr 21, 2016 10:09:25 AM


Litigation against employers is on the rise, and companies must strive to protect themselves against hiring lawsuits.

Key hot litigation targets can cause big problems to employers who are not aware and prepared. 

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Topics: background screening company, background check, FCRA, Litigation avoidance, negligent hiring, Employer hot topics

What Have Your Employees Been Up to Lately? Background Screening Tells You

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 24, 2016 9:11:10 AM

 Pre-employment screening effectively weeds out any "bad" employees forever, right?

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Topics: Employment screening policy, Criminal records, background check, credit reports, Employee theft, post-employment screening, Drug Screening

Why HR Should Expect Better Background Screening Practices

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 11, 2016 9:24:27 AM

Hiring the right candidate in a timely manner sounds easy, but it’s a virtual minefield of disaster waiting at every step. A key component of a smart hiring decision is the background check.  It’s essential for HR professionals to invest in smart background screening practices to make sure they don’t get stuck with unsafe or unqualified employees. Candidates misrepresent themselves quite often, and companies need to catch these exaggerations before they extend an offer. .

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Topics: Background screening, background screening company, background check, EEOC, HR Professionals, Best Practices, employer compliance

Increase Your Hiring Mojo with these Background Check Pointers

Posted by Susan McCullah

Feb 24, 2016 11:45:32 AM

The EEOC guidance has created concern for employers who utilize criminal records searches as part of their hiring process.

What can you use, when can you use it, and how are you able to use it?

These questions can overwhelm even seasoned HR professionals, and it's important to address the concerns of utilizing criminal records checks in a background check.

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Topics: Background screening, background check, criminal records search, EEOC, hiring process

Six Employer New Year's Resolutions to Rock 2016 Hiring

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jan 20, 2016 11:02:40 AM

As we merrily trot into the new year, there are probably 1000 tasks on our plates. As always, hiring the right people is one of the big ones. With the economic climate changes and Millennials flooding the workforce, HR professionals must re-think, revise, and re-new the way they use all hiring tools, especially background screening. Here are six employer new year's resolutions to rock 2016 hiring!

#1: I will be thorough. Slapping a database search order through the system and marking an applicant "screened" is, say it with me, Bad! Bad! BAD!

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Topics: Background screening, NAPBS, background check, EEOC, HR Professionals

Data Facts Talks Turkey About Background Screening

Posted by datafactssolutions

Nov 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The end of the year is also a time businesses need to look at their practices, and make sure they have the best hiring system possible going into the New Year.
This should include reviewing and revamping your background screening policy.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, NAPBS accreditation, Background screening, Employment screening policy, background screening company, background screen, background check, wordpress blog, Good hiring practices

Background Screening News: FCRA Class Action Suits On the Rise

Posted by Katie Ostrander

Sep 29, 2015 10:47:26 AM

It is a common practice for employers to perform a background check or review credit ratings of potential, and sometimes current, employees. Background checks that provide this type of information are helpful to employers when evaluating candidates for employment, as such information can help safeguard a business and limit exposure to liability for negligent hiring. When an employer runs background checks, however, they must be sure to comply with the many requirements laid out by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

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Topics: background check, FCRA, Litigation avoidance

Run Employers RUN! 3 Questions Background Screeners Must Answer RIGHT

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 20, 2015 9:41:10 AM

A background check is not automatically thorough and accurate, and the third party screening company you choose plays an integral role. Choosing a professional vendor for your background check reports is a key aspect of executing a safe hiring process that brings you the most qualified new employees.

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Topics: background screening company, Hiring, background check, criminal records search

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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.