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Around the World in A Day: Screening Your International Job Candidates

Posted by Susan McCullah

May 10, 2021 10:25:03 AM

When it comes to hiring the best employees possible, background checks are essential. However, employers must realize that many applicants have spent time in other countries. Failing to conduct background screening for those time periods could cause you to miss important information like criminal convictions. That’s why international background screening is more important than ever before.

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, background screening company, background checks, international background screening

5 Background Check Mistakes that Can Derail Your 2021 Hiring Success

Posted by Susan McCullah

Feb 11, 2021 1:45:00 PM

As we look at 2020 in the rearview mirror, our thoughts turn to the year ahead. New Years marks a fresh start and a chance to do things better than we did in years past.

HR professionals should take this time to think about their hiring process and how they can improve it. After all, with the vaccine on the horizon for everyone, 2021 is bound to shake things up in the workforce in a variety of ways.

Making sure you crush the hiring process, land A-players, and onboard them successfully is a top priority in 2021. Unfortunately, there may be actions you’re currently taking that work against you. Here are 6 background check mistakes that can derail your 2021 hiring success.

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, background screening company, background screen, background checks, salary history question

New York City Bans Pre-Employment Testing for Marijuana Use

Posted by Murtha Cullina

May 17, 2019 1:05:00 PM

Data Facts strives to inform our clients of the ever-evolving laws and regulations affecting their background screening process. This article first appeared on the JDSupra website. 

Effective May 10, 2020, New York City’s Human Rights Law will prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to submit to a marijuana or THC drug test as a condition of employment, with some limited exceptions. The NYC law is the first to ban pre-employment testing, but likely not the last in light of increasing momentum to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. 

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Drug Screening, background check services

Be A Hiring Ham: Audit Your Hiring Process Now for 2019 Success

Posted by Maddie Bradin

Nov 30, 2018 9:52:02 AM

Nobody wants to be a turkey. That’s why Human Resource professionals must maintain diligence and consistency to create the most relevant, efficient hiring process possible.

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Employment screening policy, unlawful discriminatory hiring practice, background check services, hiring process

Driver Screening: Is Your Company's Biggest Risk on the Road?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 15, 2017 1:08:14 PM

 

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, background check, post-employment screening, negligent hiring, driver screening, background check services

D.C. Restricts Use of Credit Information in Employment Decisions

Posted by Sarah Hamilton

Apr 4, 2017 2:46:25 PM

*Portions of this blog were originally posted on Hunton Employment and Labor Law Persectives website, written by Sara Hamilton and Thomas P. Murphy.

The District of Columbia joins a dozen other jurisdictions across the country that prohibit an employer’s use of credit information as part of an applicant's background check used for employment decisions.  The new law, D.C. Act 21-673, amends the District of Columbia’s existing human rights law by adding credit information as a prohibited basis for discrimination for any employment decision (not just hiring) and applies to employers of any size.  

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, FCRA, Credit Score, washington, dc, 2017 Hiring

Ninth Circuit Rules an Employer Willfully Violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by Including Liability Waiver With the Disclosure Form

Posted by Abigail Green

Feb 14, 2017 3:58:23 PM

Data Facts wants to educate our clients on compliant best practices with their background check policies. Simple errors can be considered a willful violation of the FCRA. Don't fall victim to expensive lawsuits due to negligence or lack of oversight!

~Originally posted at JD Supra Business Advisor by Abigail Green

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit ruled that an employer willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by including a liability waiver in a disclosure and authorization form that it provided to a job applicant. As a result, the employer could be held liable for statutory damages ranging from $100 to $1,000, punitive damages, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs, even though the employee did not suffer any actual harm. Syed v. M-I, LLC, 2017 WL 242559 (9th Cir. 2017).

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, background check, FCRA, Litigation avoidance, background screening practices

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

Background Screening: Who Is the Unseen Risk to Your Workplace?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jul 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM

If you perform a background check on your new hires, your company is protected, right?

Not if you are letting contract and temporary workers slip through the cracks.

The majority of companies have people on their premises that are not officially “company employees".

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, Employment screening policy, 2012 hiring, background screening company, background check, Data Facts

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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.