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Your Job Search and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

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Mar 11, 2014 8:51:59 AM

By Sharlyn Lauby

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Topics: Data Facts blog, NAPBS accreditation, Background screening, Hiring, NAPBS, background screen, credit checks, background check, credit reports, FCRA, 2014 hiring, wordpress blog

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

Eek! I missed WHAT? Top 10 Background Screening Mistakes Pt 2

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Jan 24, 2014 1:58:08 PM

Last week we began a discussion about the top background screening mistakes that can derail a good hiring plan. Let's continue with the countdown of the top mistakes:

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

Eek! I missed WHAT? Top 10 Background Screening Mistakes

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Jan 16, 2014 2:03:52 PM

Companies that utilize background screening products as part of their hiring process are more likely to weed out a potential employee who would be dangerous or risky to the workplace. Background screening an applicant can bring to light mistruths contained in the resume, or unsavory activities that would be detrimental for a company to take on.

However, a background screening process is only as effective as the amount of thought that goes into developing it. Data Facts has seen many mistakes in background screening practices that can result in a screening process that is unfair and unsuccessful. Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing the top 10 Mistakes that can result in your background screening practices not being the best possible.

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

Add Minnesota to List of States Limiting Use of Criminal History

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Jan 7, 2014 2:47:26 PM

Minnesota recently joined a small but growing number of states by signing a law into effect that prohibits all employers from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal history in the initial application process. This law-which took effect January 1, 2014-prohibits private employers from inquiring into, considering, or requiring the disclosure of an applicant’s criminal record or history until either:

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

Is Your Background Screening Process Ready For 2014?

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Dec 27, 2013 9:32:08 AM

Background screening job applicants is an integral part of the hiring process. By checking out a person’s criminal convictions, verifying their work history, and conducting drug testing, a company can gain a deeper understanding as to whether or not the person will fit well into the company culture.
However, the background screening process that was in place 3 years ago may not be the most effective one today. Here are some points to cover in reviewing your background screening process:

1. Take another look. Knowing the specific pieces of the applicant’s background you are currently screening is a great starting point. Make sure you know what information is being checked for each position.
2. Remember ‘the I’s’ have it. E-verify and I-9 processes need to keep up with regulations. A good many states have begun requiring companies to have these processes in place. Audits from ICE have also increased. It is more important than ever for companies to have a good, recorded trail for their E-verify and I-9’s.
3. Get the whole picture. Look at the criminal check policy, and make certain it is robust. At a minimum, check the person’s county of residence, work, and study. You may also want to add a national criminal database search, which can uncover crimes in places that were not originally targeted to search.
4. Review adverse action procedures. If a person is not hired in whole or part because of information found in a background check, you must send a pre-adverse action letter to the applicant, and after a reasonable amount of time, then send an adverse action letter. Be sure to follow this every single time.
5. Establish relevancy. Evaluate each position and decide which screening tools are important for that particular job. Some positions will not require a credit check, for example. It may be imperative in other positions to verify education. Review your screening process to ensure it is fair and relevant for each position.
6. Remember the information is only as good as the source. The background screening report is only as accurate and reliable as the Background Screening company that provides it. Ask your vendor if they are accredited by the NAPBS, and if they have licensed private investigators on staff. If the answer is ‘no’, you may want to look for a new provider.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, NAPBS accreditation, Background screening, Employment screening policy, background screening company, Hiring, background screen, background check, criminal records search, 2014 hiring, wordpress blog, Good hiring practices, E-Verify

Is that Santa or a Sex Offender?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 19, 2013 1:08:00 PM

Perhaps the biggest obstacle hiring managers fall victim to is:

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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, wordpress blog, Good hiring practices

4 Steps to Prevent Hiring Mistakes

Posted by datafactssolutions

Nov 25, 2013 9:57:38 AM

Have you ever wondered about how things would have turned out if you had hired that other candidate? You know, the one who finished second to that super-polished person who sounded great in the interviews … but never performed as expected?

Hiring mistakes cause a lot of stress. And the cost of poor hires can be the greatest expense in your P&L, but they’re often hard to quantify.
Why?

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, Background screening, Employment screening policy, 2013 hiring, background screening company, Hiring, background check, wordpress blog

A Great New Way To Save Money On A Background Check

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Sep 30, 2013 11:03:30 AM

Data 360, the name of the new Data Facts innovative background screening process, allows a business to halt the screening process if the main indicators shows negative information.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, NAPBS accreditation, Background screening, Employment screening policy, 2013 hiring, Hiring, background screen, background check, wordpress blog

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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.