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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

What Skeletons are YOUR Applicants Hiding?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Sep 8, 2014 12:54:16 PM

Are you SURE there are no skeletons in your job applicant's closet? You know, the sort of nasty little secrets like a conviction or drug problem that could be BIG issues for your company?

The prevalence of background screening practices may lull HR professionals into thinking they are immune to being negatively affected by new hires. The truth is that key pieces of the applicant’s background could still be overlooked.

What skeletons are your applicants hiding?

Here are a few ways that those skeletons could be missed during the screening process.

You are looking in the wrong closet. Pre-employment screening works most effectively when the beginning information is accurate. 

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Topics: Employment screening policy, fake diplomas, background check, resume lies, 2014 hiring

The 4 Biggest Lies Found on Resumes

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 13, 2014 1:17:44 PM

Fishing tales are not the only times people tell whoppers! You may have read one on the last resume you reviewed, and don't even know it. And falling for them can lead to bad hiring decisions. 

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Topics: Data Facts blog, reference check, Employment screening policy, resume lies, 2014 hiring

How Your Background Screening Vendor Can Make You Miss a Good Hire

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jul 21, 2014 1:44:00 PM

Ted is a fabulous employee who is looking for a job. Ted is interviewing with 2 companies at the same time, and is offered a position with both, pending background checks. Company A uses a background screening company that is slow to respond. Company B's background screener is fast in returning results. Company B receives Ted's background check days before Company A, and they end up with Ted. Company A loses out. 

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Topics: Background screening, Employment screening policy, background screening company, background check, 2014 hiring, Good hiring practices, Data Facts, best onboarding practices

4 Ways Employers Can Reduce Workplace Violence

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 16, 2014 1:06:00 PM

Violence in the workplace is a serious issue for large and small employers alike. 

OSHA defines workplace violence as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors. Homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,547 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2010, 506 were workplace homicides. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a major concern for employers and employees nationwide.

Below, we will discuss 4 ways employers can reduce workplace violence and provide their employees and clients a safe working environment.

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Topics: Background screening, Employment screening policy, Criminal records, background screen, 2014 hiring, Data Facts, Workplace violence

EEOC Guidance Criticized During House Panel Meeting

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 11, 2014 3:04:00 PM

Panelists testified before a House subcommitte panel on Tuesday, calling The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) 2012 guidance on an employer’s use of criminal background checks an example of administrative overreach

 Rep. Tim Walberg, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, said the EEOC’s guidance is “flawed” and criticized the agency for denying the public the opportunity to comment on the guidance before it was issued two years ago.  

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, Employment screening policy, background screen, 2014 hiring, EEOC, Data Facts

Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know Pt 2

Posted by datafactssolutions

Apr 1, 2014 9:53:00 AM

Last week, we discussed several issues that employers needed to be aware of before using background checks in their hiring process. This week, we will expand on that information. (This information was taken from a joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.)

Using Background Information

EEOC
Any background information you receive from any source must not be used to discriminate in violation of federal law. This means that you should:

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, Background screening, Employment screening policy, background screening company, Criminal records, NAPBS, background screen, background check, criminal records search, FCRA, 2014 hiring, wordpress blog, Good hiring practices, EEOC

Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know, PT 1

Posted by datafactssolutions

Mar 26, 2014 3:09:15 PM

This information was taken from a joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, NAPBS accreditation, Background screening, Employment screening policy, background check, criminal records search, 2014 hiring, wordpress blog, EEOC

Checking Criminal Records 101: How, Where, and When

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 6, 2014 1:28:00 PM

Many employers erroneously believe that a criminal check is a simple endeavor that gains them access to any and all of the applicant’s criminal arrests and convictions. There are points, however, that all hiring managers need to be aware of in order to maintain a background check program that is successful, fair, and relevant.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, Background screening, Employment screening policy, Criminal records, Hiring, background screen, background check, criminal records search, 2014 hiring, wordpress blog

How to Set Up A Successful Background Screening Policy

Posted by Susan McCullah

Feb 28, 2014 10:16:00 AM

Today, the majority of companies are now utilizing background screening for hiring purposes. The term ‘background screening’ broadly encompasses criminal, drug, assessment testing, and education and employment verification.
It is integral to the success of the background check process for a company to take the time to make certain their policy for screening applicants is really helping in avoiding bad hires.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, NAPBS accreditation, Background screening, Employment screening policy, Hiring, NAPBS, background screen, background check, 2014 hiring, wordpress blog, Good hiring 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.