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Top Mistakes HR Makes In Screening Their Talent

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 10, 2016 10:48:07 AM

Background screening practices are an integral part of savvy talent management. Companies with comprehensive, consistent background check plans are more likely to eliminate potential employees who would pose risk to the workplace. Background screening helps bring to light false qualification claims and unsavory activities that would be detrimental to a business.

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Topics: background screening company, criminal records search, EEOC, background checks, background screening practices

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

The 411 on AKA's and Other Background Screening Best Practices

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 11, 2015 9:50:36 AM

Perhaps you are an HR Professional looking to streamline your background screening best practices and increase your successful hiring rate. Or, you have noticed that your background check process still allows unsavory applicants through to your new employee pool.

No matter the reason, it's a good idea to realize hiring is a slippery slope. Prepare for a successful new year by reviewing and revising your company's hiring practices. 

And this means understanding the criminal records search and how it helps get the most out of the background screening process. 

Here are four big DO's to employ in your criminal records search process for 2016. 

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Topics: Background screening, Criminal records, criminal records search, adverse action procedures

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

Background Screening: Which Applicants Are Registered Sex Offenders?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 24, 2014 10:59:01 AM

Perhaps the biggest obstacles that hiring managers must remember is:

Don’t judge a book by its cover!

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, Employment screening policy, Criminal records, criminal records search

Providing Private Database-Only Criminal Records

Posted by Derek Hinton

Oct 30, 2014 12:58:39 PM

I’m telling you, every time I run across a CRA that is providing private database-only searches without verification, I get a sickly premonition akin to watching old footage of Patsy Cline singing “I Fall to Pieces.”

This practice of database-only criminal records reporting made news again recently in Chicago. A Chicago Tribune report revealed that a new ride sharing company, Uber, “did not check some of the criminal records of its drivers, allowing thousands of drivers to ferry passengers for months, despite not knowing whether or not they had felony convictions.”

The Tribune later determined that “the driver had a 2010 Cook County felony conviction for residential burglary, which should have barred him from partnering with the company”. Uber acknowledged their multistate background checks have missed an “unknown” number of county-level criminal convictions, including the Chicago ride-share driver’s felony.

Missing critical information is one thing that can go wrong for a CRA or employer when employing a database-only search. The other thing that can go wrong, the other side of the coin, is not missing offenses, but reporting information that should not be reported.

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, background screening company, background check, criminal records search, FCRA

3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Criminal Searches

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 23, 2014 10:58:00 AM

Failing to perform a criminal background check can set companies up for BIG trouble. Negligent hiring claims and an unsafe workplace are a couple of the biggest issues that can result in hiring someone with a dangerous criminal record.

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

Post-Employment Screening: Why You Should Monitor Current Employees

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 14, 2014 3:38:00 PM

Post-employment screening is fast becoming an integral part of the business landscape. 

The reason is simple. 

Businesses across the country are losing millions of dollars each year as well as their reputations because of employees who have had a negative change in lifestyle. Even if you performed a thorough background screen when you hired the person, this does not mean you will remainrisk free as time passes. 

Here are 3 reasons why current employees should be monitored periodically:

1: Addiction. It’s estimated that 7 out of 10 people who have drug and alcohol addictions are employed either full or part time. While many people begin using drugs in their teens, this is not always the case. Employees may begin using drugs recreationally, which can spin out of control. The resulting impact can vary from poor work performance, to stealing, to on the job safety issues.

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, background screening company, background check, criminal records search, Drug testing, Data Facts, post-employment screening

Background Screening: Is Your Search Missing Dangerous Convictions?

Posted by Susan McCullah

May 14, 2014 9:50:00 AM

is_your_search_missing_dangerous_convictionsMost hiring managers understand the importance of performing a criminal records search during the background check process. However, simply ordering a one county search, or only utilizing a nationwide criminal database search can leave you with an incomplete picture about the candidate. Not having all the information could open your company up to a variety of risks, and hiring a dangerous employee is at the top of that list. 

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, Background screening, background screening company, background check, criminal records search

3 Easy Ways to Reduce Background Screening Turnaround Times

Posted by Susan McCullah

May 6, 2014 10:35:00 AM

Employers who utilize background screening during the hiring process know that a fast turnaround time is integral to progressing in filling the position. Delays can cause positions to be open for longer than expected, which can decrease productivity in the workplace. 

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, background check, criminal records search, 2014 hiring

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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.