August 22, 2017

What is Big Data and How Does it Affect Employee Background Screening?

The term “big data” refers to the tools and practice of accumulating and evaluating thousands of pieces of information on an individual, collected through the use of algorithms and data scraping. Attorney Lester Rosen of ESR reported in October of last year, 2016, that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) met to discuss how big data was being used by employers to make hiring decisions, the natural concern being the different avenues created by big data for discrimination to take place. Advantages of Big Data Big data helps employers […]
August 10, 2017

What to Look for When Choosing a Background Screening Provider

Landlords, hiring managers, entrepreneurs, and employers have something in common: when choosing a background screening provider, the issue of whether or not prospective providers can assure compliance with background check laws when conducting checks remains a top concern. Other concerns may include: Cost. Will the cost per check ensure a significant ROI? Turnaround. How long will each check take? The clock is ticking. Accuracy. Will the background check fail by missing any critical information about the applicant? Compliance Concerns Are Paramount According to a recent article published by the Society […]
August 3, 2017

Airport Launches Employee Screening Pilot Program

In response to the congressional investigation of the presence of insider threats in U.S. airports, launched by Rep John Katko and conducted over that last two years, one airport in Miami has responded by launching a pilot program that may change the way other airports screen their employees. Robert Harding of reports that Miami International Airport has utilized the following techniques since January to eliminate the security risks introduced by the employees themselves: • explosive trace detection equipment • x-ray technology • daily screening • identity screening The Nature […]
August 1, 2017

Drug Testing: How Does it Work?

Drug use and the workplace just don’t mix. In fact, workplace drug use accounts for $75 to $100 billion in lost revenue for U.S. employers annually thanks to lost time, accidents, healthcare, and workers’ compensation costs, according to the Department of Labor. While drug screening practices are currently in flux in locations where marijuana has been legalized, most Fortune 500 companies still require drug testing in their employee screening processes. When is a Drug Test Typically Conducted? Employers are generally required to obtain written consent from applicants before conducting a […]
July 28, 2017

How to Become a Landlord: Tenant Screening and Maintenance

If you’re thinking of becoming a landlord, there are a few key practices you’ll need to become second nature in order to make your investment profitable. They are: Have an understanding of your local rental laws. Make a maintenance plan. Get proper insurance. Have a background check provider. Have a thorough, researched rental agreement. Understand Local Laws If you don’t have easy access to an expert on your local rental laws, community resources, such as libraries and your city’s government website are great places to start. You simply need to […]