February 23, 2017
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How Verification Screening Saves Your Company the Expense of a Bad Hire

You’re a hiring manager and the resume in your hands is almost too perfect to be real. You know that statistically, as unemployment rates rise, so do the instances of falsified information on resumes. Your experience has given you a healthy dose of skepticism and you know what’s at stake if you make a bad hire: The expense of training and on-boarding if it turns out your new hire was unqualified after all. The liability of bringing someone on with a serious criminal record. The chance that the new hire […]
February 20, 2017

Pre-Employment Background Screening for “Gig” Employees

First off, what exactly is a “gig” employee? From what I gather from the intrawebs, it’s the new trendy, hipster way of saying contingent employee. I must have missed that memo. Gig employees have been around for quite a long time. However, since the “Great Recession”, the number of gig employees has exploded. According to Adam Almaida, President and CEO of, “Ultimately gig employees are no different than full-time, permanent employees and they should be treated the same especially during the pre-employment background screening process.” Contingent or “gig” workers […]
February 16, 2017

How to Spot a Bad Background Check

A bad background check can be one you’ve done yourself or one you’ve commissioned a third party to run for you. If you’ve attempted to do your own “background check,” that could mean you’ve called references, you’ve checked a public sex offender registry, you’ve scanned their social media accounts, or worse still, you’ve gone with your gut. Any and all of these “verifications” are faulty if done alone or in the wrong way and if a bad background check comes back to bite you in the end, the least of […]
February 13, 2017

What You Need to Know About the FCRA

While ensuring compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act might seem like a hassle for employers and hiring managers alike, it’s important to consider that the FCRA exists to protect us. History and Purpose The law, passed in the 70s, regulates the use of consumer information with the goal of promoting accuracy, fairness, and privacy, and preventing abuse. Otherwise, Credit Reporting Agencies could release credit information indefinitely and indiscriminately. The FCRA allows for one free credit report per year and limits the amount of time negative information can remain on […]
February 9, 2017

Background Checks: Employer and Applicant Rights

When conducting and agreeing to background checks, both employer and potential employee have rights that should be understood by both parties before the process begins. Business owners have a right to protect their interests just as employees have a right to know what information is being pulled on them and why—and to give their consent. A Few Ground Rules Before you begin, here are a few of the ground rules. A company’s screening policies must be in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Anything […]