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North Carolina Decides to "Ban the Box"

Posted by Susan McCullah

Sep 2, 2020 1:43:20 PM

In the past few years, there has been a growing trend of eliminating the box on the job application that asks if the applicant has prior criminal convictions. This is know as the "Ban the Box" movement. North Carolina is the latest in a long line of states and other municipalities to pass "Ban the Box" guidance. 

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Topics: North Carolina, Criminal records, Good hiring practices, Ban the Box, unlawful discriminatory hiring practice, regulatory changes

The Nitty Gritty of Background Screening Adverse Action Procedures

Posted by Johnna Leeds

Aug 31, 2020 9:45:00 AM

Background screening is an essential part of hiring. It helps you land the best people for both the job and your workplace. 9 out of 10 companies today use some type of background check for their hiring process.

It’s important that HR professionals and others involved in hiring understand there are compliance requirements for using background screening information to help make hiring decisions. One of the most crucial, and the most misunderstood, is the adverse action requirement.

If you decide not to hire a person because of the background check, your responsibility doesn’t end there.

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Topics: background screening company, FCRA, Good hiring practices, EEOC, adverse action procedures, background checks

HR's Gameplan for Handling the Salary History Question

Posted by Susan McCullah

May 29, 2020 2:45:00 PM

“What's your current income?”

For decades, employers asked job seekers this question without hesitation. A candidate’s income was considered an open book that HR and hiring managers felt privy to without compunction. Salary information could be used to figure out the type of compensation package an applicant would accept, and even what they were worth.

Hiring managers could reach certain conclusions from a job seeker’s salary history. If it was too high, employers might decide to pass over offering the person the job because they were “too expensive”. If it was too low, the applicant could be perceived as not qualified enough or further along in their career path to handle the expectations of the position they were seeking.

All this is evolving, and HR must be ready.

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Topics: Good hiring practices, salary history ban, salary history question

Spooky Hiring Situations for Halloween 2019

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 31, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Trick or Treat!

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Topics: Good hiring practices, background checks, background screening practices, hiring process

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

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

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

Why Do Background Screening? Job Seekers Can Buy References for 100 Bucks

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 29, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Taken from Business Insider

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Topics: reference check, Background screening, Employment screening policy, Good hiring practices

Background Screen Like A Ninja: Four Critical Points to Ponder

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

The turtle may win the race, but the ninja employer stays in business!

 Today, company's face more challenges that ever before. Increased competition, greater regulation, and pricier raw materials all play major roles in a business's success or failure. 

Effective hiring practices also weigh heavily on a company's bottom line. Good hiring decisions result in great employees who build the company up, but bad employees, well, can tank it before your very eyes. It's essential for hiring managers to invest strategic thought into how they find and bring on top notch employees. 

Here are four points to ponder if you want to run a background check like a ninja. 

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, background screening company, Good hiring practices, Data Facts, best onboarding practices, Reduce Employee Turnover

4 Smart Ways to Combat Healthcare HR Growing Pains

Posted by Ginger Nixon

May 18, 2015 1:51:24 PM

With the adoption of health information technology (HIT) and the promotion of a nationwide health information exchange, healthcare organizations are finding themselves with changing HR needs. 

HR has to ensure its hospitals, nursing homes and managed care providers are staffed with qualified employees and address the ongoing demands HIT implementations have on their workforce.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. will add 5.6 million healthcare and social assistance jobs through 2020.  As one of the fastest growing sectors, here are four tips to alleviate healthcare HR growing pains:

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Topics: Background screening, Good hiring practices, HR Professionals, best onboarding practices, Reduce Employee Turnover, Healthcare HR

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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.