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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

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

Confusing Background Check Disclosures Can Result in Employer Compliance FCRA Trouble!

Posted by Nadia D. Adams

Dec 4, 2018 10:23:57 AM

Data Facts strives to keep our clients informed about the importance of diligent and consistent compliance in their background check processes. This article was written by Nadia D. Adams and originally published online at The National Law Review.

On November 29, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Mitchell v. Winco Foods, No. 17-35998, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 33483 (9th Cir. Nov. 29, 2018); a Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) case on appeal after the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case for lack of standing.

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Topics: FCRA, Litigation avoidance, adverse action procedures, Employer hot topics, employer compliance, employment laws

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

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

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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.