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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

Use of Salary History by Employers in New York City and Oregon

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 30, 2017 1:41:44 PM

Here are a couple of upcoming changes in regards to using salary history in employee background checks in New York City and Oregon.

New York City and Use of Salary History by Employers

Effective November 1, 2017 and per  City Administration Code §8-107 (www.amlegal.com/codes/client/new-york-city_ny/), an employer or its "agent" cannot inquire about salary history.  If applicant "voluntarily" and "without prompting" discloses past salary, the employer can verify it. 

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Topics: Background screening, background screening practices, Applicant salary history

5 Tips Employers Should Know About International Background Screening

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jul 31, 2017 12:57:42 PM

Today’s workforce has more people who have lived, worked, or studied abroad than at any other time. Global living poses a unique challenge to employers during the background screening process. How can you access a background check from another country and review the applicant’s history and still maintain the compliance and integrity of your background screening process?

Background screening reports are available from a wide variety of foreign countries.

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Topics: Background screening, Employment screening policy, background screening company, international background screening

Fingerprinting for Background Screening: What Employers Must Know

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 29, 2017 9:31:26 AM

The majority of employers use some degree of background screening in hiring decisions. Some employ a criminal search, while others use several screening reports, drug screening, and assessment testing to help reach their decisions. 

Fingerprinting is another background check option that helps employers gain additional information on the job candidates background and past behavior. 

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Topics: Background screening, Healthcare hiring, background screening practices, fingerprinting for background screening, background check services

NYC to Ban Inquiries Regarding Applicant Salary History

Posted by Akin Gump

Apr 28, 2017 9:09:21 AM

This was originally written by Akin Gump and posted on AkinGump.com

The New York City Council passed a bill prohibiting firms from inquiring about, or relying on, an applicant salary history in connection with the recruiting or hiring process. Employers must be aware of this during their background check process. This bill will make doing so an unlawful discriminatory hiring practice.

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Topics: Background screening, Employer hot topics, 2017 Hiring, unlawful discriminatory hiring practice, Applicant salary history

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

Hiring Technology Trends that HR Pros Must Understand 

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 20, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Remember when you just placed a want ad in the newspaper when you needed to hire someone?

Seasoned HR professionals have experienced a myriad of changes in hiring over the last decade, and new HR pros probably wouldn’t even recognize how we did it “back in the day.”

The changes keep coming!

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Topics: Background screening, Hiring, background checks, 2017 Hiring, hiring process

Background Screening Basics: Tips HR Can Use to Detect A Fake Degree

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 5, 2016 9:20:00 AM

HR Professionals know just how important education can be as a foundation for shaping a qualified employee. There are many positions where a bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD. is imperative when choosing the person to fill it.

Unfortunately, this requirement can turn people into, well, truth-stretchers.

Education is one of the biggest areas where job applicants fudge or completely fabricate information on their resumes and applications. Maybe they lack a few hours from getting their degree, or maybe they never even stepped foot in one single class!

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Topics: Background screening, faking degrees, background screening company, background check, degree fraud

Five Actions HR Should Take If Someone Doesn't Pass A Background Check

Posted by Susan McCullah

Sep 23, 2016 9:45:30 AM

So, you found a job candidate that seems well-qualified, honest, and ready to fill your open position.

When you receive their background screening report, however, you see that, Ba-Bam, they are not going to work out.

Perhaps their background check uncovered a felony   

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Topics: Background screening, background check, Good hiring practices, Litigation avoidance, background screening practices, employer compliance

Five Ways Background Screening Boosts Your Bottom Line

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jul 19, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Savvy HR professionals understand that, in business, every road eventually leads back to the all-important bottom line. While there are other tasks and initiatives that require attention, each and every employee should ultimately focus on holding and increasing company revenue and profit.

Operating with any other goal will take you off course quickly, wasting company time and money.

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Topics: Background screening, Hiring, HR Professionals, background checks

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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.