How Social Media Screening Can Help Foster a Better Workplace Culture

Let's face it: Toxic workplaces don't happen overnight. They fester over months—even years—if left unchecked. The toxicity tends to lurk in the shadows at first, beginning with an inappropriate joke by the water cooler or an off-color text exchanged between colleagues during a conference call.

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Employers Plagued By Longer Lab Turnaround Times

Have you been waiting longer than usual for your drug testing results? From natural disasters to staffing shortages and supply chain issues, laboratories throughout the country have been dealing with a “perfect storm” that is creating lengthy ...


Social Media Screening Can Help Avoid Embarrassing PR Nightmares

It never fails to amaze us that people don't realize that their inappropriate social media posts will come back to haunt them someday. It also never fails to amaze us that many brands don't have a formal social media screening policy in place. Or ...


Background Screening Policy Sample

If you want to create an effective employee screening program, you need a clear background check policy. But what should go in it? Below, we're providing an overview of what should go into a background screening policy. We've also created a ...


Are You Monitoring Drivers? Here’s Why You Should Be

If you’re a DOT-regulated business, you are required to perform pre-employment motor vehicle report (MVR) checks and annual MVR reviews for all of your active drivers. Having this required compliance program in place is essential and important. But ...


Are Your MVRs FCRA Compliant?

Are your motor vehicle reports compliant? If you hire drivers, then it’s likely that you’re running motor vehicle reports at various intervals during their employment: at the time they’re hired and every year thereafter. This is especially true if ...


Why Healthcare Background Checks Matter

Today, we're going to shine the spotlight on healthcare background checks, an apt choice, given the pandemic. Hiring qualified healthcare workers is incredibly important, and background checks can go a long way in making sure you do exactly that.


Why Social Media Screening is Becoming Increasingly Important

From a global pandemic to social unrest, the country has gone through a lot of changes in the last 12 months. At Good Egg & Foley, one thing we’ve noticed during this time as well, is an increase in demand for social media screening.


The Social Media Background Check: Pros and Cons

We're big fans of social media screening. This shouldn't surprise anyone. But we're also big fans of objectivity. So let's take a deeper dive into the social media background check—pros and cons.


Background Check or Criminal Record Check: What's the Difference?

People sometimes use the terms "background check" and "criminal record check" interchangeably. But they are two different things. Let's dig in and clarify what we mean.


3 HR Trends to Watch in 2021

At Good Egg, we work closely with human resource departments large and small. Here's our take on three HR trends to watch in 2021, particularly as they relate to recruitment, culture management, and background checks.


Background Check Resources: Our Top 10 Posts from 2020

In case you've been distracted in 2020 (who hasn't?), here's a roundup of our most viewed blog posts from the last 12 months. (Not all were published this year, but all are still relevant.) Happy reading!


Social Media Screening for Powerful Insights

When it comes to the people you hire, character matters. After all, you want a safe and productive workforce filled with people who reflect your company's values, right? But here's the thing: A person’s character is not a single data point. Instead, ...


Is Good Egg a Reputable Background Check Company?

At the beginning of 2020, which feels like 100 years ago, we made a bold declaration that we wanted to be the best reviewed background check company in the galaxy. Why? Well, real reviews from real people (customers and candidates alike) can provide ...


HR Culture Management: How Employee Screening Can Help

According to this article, one of the top challenges facing human resources this decade is HR culture management. But what is HR culture management? And what does it have to do with employee screening anyway? Let's dig in...


Screening Santa's Elves: Why Seasonal Workers Need Background Checks

While 2020 has been a wild ride for everyone—a ride that continues to influence the holiday season—one thing that hasn't changed is this: You should always background check your seasonal workers. Back in May of 2019, we did a deep dive into all the ...


4 Hiring Mistakes to Avoid with a Remote Workforce

As more employers embrace remote workforces thanks to the pandemic, more recruitment efforts will take place remotely as well. Here are four hiring mistakes to avoid as you recruit new people to work from home.


Hello, Remote Workforces! What this Means for Employee Screening

COVID-19 caused many companies to shift to remote workforces. But then something interesting happened along the way: Many companies realized their employees could still be productive, even if they weren't in the office. As a result, more and more of ...


Is There Such a Thing as an FCRA-Certified Background Check?

We recently wrote an article about the Professional Background Screening Association and its accreditation process. In short, it's smart to work with a PBSA-accredited background check company (like Good Egg). The article brought up a question, ...


4 Ways to Improve Remote Candidate Experiences

Delivering an amazing candidate experience is incredibly important for a variety of reasons. For one thing, the experience will give prospective employees a taste of what it might be like to work for your company. First impressions matter. Even if ...


What Does Certified Background Screening Even Mean?

When evaluating background screening services, one piece of advice you'll often hear is this: Choose a vendor that's been accredited by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). But what does accreditation even mean? And why should ...


Is Social Media Screening Ethical?

Many prospects and customers ask us the following question: Is social media screening ethical? Often, what they're really asking is whether social media screening is legal. Legal and ethical are very different things. So let's unpack both questions ...


How to Vet Top Background Screening Companies

The background check industry is super competitive. (No doubt, you already know this.) While we do believe Good Egg is one of your best options (if not the very best!), we'd be remiss if we didn't acknowledge that there are other quality background ...


What Is Employer Branding & Why Should You Care?

No doubt, you're already familiar with the concept of a company "brand," which involves how customers perceive your company and its products or services. But did you know that you also need to think about your brand from your employees' perspectives ...


DOT Background Checks 101

Why does the Department of Transportation (DOT) require such vigorous background checks? The bottom line is safety—the safety of your drivers, passengers, and other people on the road. For the purpose of this article, we're going to give a ...


The Ultimate Background Check Vendor Checklist

Searching for a new employee screening company? Keep our background check vendor checklist handy and see how many companies meet the criteria outlined below.


Why is Pre-Employment Background Screening Important?

One of the most common questions we hear from prospective clients is this: Why is pre-employment background screening important? Let's dig into four compelling reasons...


How to Measure Candidate Experience: 3 Quick Ways

At Good Egg, we talk a lot about candidate experience, and for good reason. Surveys show that 60% of job candidates have had poor experiences during the hiring process. Not only that, but bad experiences can result in tough consequences for the ...


4 Reasons Why Employment Verifications and Reference Check Services Still Matter

Thanks to the gig economy as well as Millennials and Gen Z workers who don't stay at jobs for longer than a handful of years, it might be easy to wonder why you should bother using employment reference check services in the first place. Aren't they ...


Strategies for Overcoming 3 Common HR Challenges in Recruitment

Do you work in HR? Do you ever struggle when it comes to hiring? Below, you'll find strategies for overcoming three common HR challenges in recruitment.


Delays Lead to Increased Turnaround Times for Background & Drug Screening Programs

If you’ve noticed that your background screening and drug testing results are taking longer – you’re not alone.


Reliable Background Screening Services: How to Tell

You need reliable background screening services for your organization. But let's back up a second. What does "reliable," in this context, even mean? And how can you evaluate background check companies for reliability anyway? So glad you asked! Keep ...


8 Smart Ways to Improve the Candidate Experience

If job candidates go through a frustrating application process with your organization, even if they get the gig, how will the experience affect their perception of your company? Remember, you want eager, excited employees at the outset. If a ...


Social Media Monitoring: A Smart Option for Remote Workforces

Companies with remote workforces—especially those that had to make the move suddenly due to COVID-19—should consider ongoing social media monitoring of employees. Here are three reasons why.


How Background Checks Protect Employees, Customers, and Businesses

We often say that a solid employee screening program will help protect employees, customers, and the business itself. Today, let's discuss exactly how certain types of background checks accomplish this.


The Challenges of Marijuana Drug Testing in the Workplace

If you landed here, it's probably because your head is spinning regarding marijuana drug testing, and no wonder. As of right now, 33 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana either for medicinal or ...


Why Ongoing Monitoring Isn't Spying

Those who come out against ongoing monitoring are often quick to liken it to spying and "Big Brother"—the concept made famous in George Orwell's novel 1984. Wikipedia explains, "In modern culture, the term 'Big Brother' has entered the lexicon as a ...


Random Drug Testing - Making the Case

If you conduct pre-employment drug tests, you might think that's enough, but the problem with pre-hire drug screenings is they capture only one point in time.


Drug Positivity Rates Up 43 Percent This Spring

Drug test positivity rates increased by 43 percent in April 2020 compared to the month prior. This is according to data collected by Good Egg from their workplace drug testing results. “This is a very significant increase,” said Scott Mogensen, ...


The Growing Demand for Social Media Screening

From a global pandemic to social unrest, the country has gone through a lot of changes in the last few months. At Good Egg, one thing we’ve noticed during this time as well, is an increase in demand for social media screening.


3 More Benefits of ATS & Background Check Integrations

Integrating your applicant tracking system (ATS) with your background check vendor can be one of the smartest moves you make (provided it's done right—more on that in a bit).


How Good Egg Creates Excellent Candidate Experiences

Creating great candidate experiences is an excellent way to make a positive first impression on your prospective employees. On the flip side, a poor experience might sour someone's perception of your company—even if only subliminally—before they ...


Your Ultimate Guide to MVR Background Checks

Here’s a secret: you probably have more employees driving on behalf of your company than you might think. The problem? This creates additional liability for your organization. The good news? MVR background checks and ongoing MVR monitoring can help ...


Why Small Businesses Shouldn't Ditch Background Checks Now

The pandemic has plunged everyone into uncertainty, small businesses in particular. Many are looking for ways to save money by cutting expenses. While it might sound self-serving for us to say "don't cut back on your background check orders," ...


A Better Background Check Process Can Give You a Hiring Edge

One way to get the best candidates to say "YES" to your job offer is by making sure they have a great experience throughout every stage of the hiring process—and this most certainly includes background checks. Think about it: If a competitor's ...


Why Social Media Screening Matters in the Age of Covid and Remote Working

As the country reopens from pandemic lockdown and more and more companies relax their hiring freezes, one background check in particular will be a must on a go-forward basis: the social media background check. Why? Here are three reasons:


Evaluating Your Background Check Process: 5 Red Flags to Look For

People don't always know what they don't know, right? This is especially true for background checks. If you've been doing background checks the same way for years, or you "inherited" an existing process, and/or the process doesn't appear to be ...


5 Best Practices of Employer Background Checks

Want to up your game when it comes to creating an effective employee screening program? Follow these best practices of employer background checks.


The Facts About Workers' Comp History, Medical Exams & Background Checks

At Good Egg, we guide our clients on what to include in their pre-employment background checks. Here's a question we sometimes get: should the employer obtain workers' compensation records? We're presenting this question to Melissa Snyder, Good ...


How Important is a Social Media Background Check?

One of the most common employee screening questions we get is this one: are social media background checks REALLY necessary? The short answer is YES. Social media background checks are absolutely critical when hiring today.


A Better Background Check Vendor Could Have Saved this Company 7.5M

You might have heard about Walgreens having to pay a 7.5 million-dollar settlement because it employed an unlicensed pharmacist for over a decade. While we can only speculate how something like this happened, the case does highlight several points ...


FAQs about Running Background Checks during COVID-19

You've likely heard this statement many times over the last several weeks, but these are, indeed, unprecedented times. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by COVID-19, including those who are suffering from illness, grieving the loss of a loved ...


How Far Back Does a Background Check Go?

We get many questions regarding background check lookback periods, and like so many things in life, the answer is "it depends." It can depend on the type of background check you're ordering, the state you're operating in, as well as other ...


How Does Social Media Monitoring in Background Checks Work?

We've all heard sensational news reports about people who've shared something so horrendous online, the content goes viral and the resulting backlash has big consequences, like job termination. One recent example involves an EMT who made racist ...


3 Background Checks That Mitigate Risk if Employees Drive for You

If you have employees driving on behalf of your company, this creates risk, such as rising insurance premiums, negligent entrustment liability, and pricey lawsuits. At Good Egg, we recommend a three-prong background check solution to mitigate these ...


5 Reasons You Need Good Egg's Candidate Text Messaging

Let's face it: the U.S. labor market remains incredibly competitive, thanks to a low unemployment rate. As a result, recruiting quality workers has become increasingly challenging. CNN reported in 2018 that the job market was so good that some ...


How to Make Sure Your Background Check Process is Fair & Accurate

When it comes to background checks, fairness and accuracy are essential. Here's how to make sure your employee screening process is exactly that.


Employment Law & Marijuana Drug Testing: What you Need to Know

At the writing of this article, 33 states in the United States and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana either for medicinal or recreational purposes (or both). Other jurisdictions at the municipal level are also legalizing ...


The CFO's Guide to Auditing Background Check Spend in 2020

As CFO, you're constantly looking for ways to rein in wasteful spending and lower operational expenses. One area that's easy to overlook is employee screening, since the day-to-day tasks associated with background checks typically fall under HR's ...


The 7-Year Lookback Rule for Reporting Adverse Information

We get lots of questions regarding the 7-year "lookback" rule for reporting adverse information. We're turning over this incredibly important question to Melissa Snyder, Good Egg's attorney and compliance manager. Melissa is FCRA-Advanced Certified ...


Drug Testing for Marijuana: 5 Mistakes Employers Make

Because so many states in the U.S. have legalized the use of marijuana (either for medicinal purposes, recreational purposes, or both), creating drug testing policies that include marijuana has become challenging. After all, if so many states are ...


Our Mission: To Be the Best Reviewed Background Check Company in the Galaxy

At the start of a new year and new decade, many companies embark on bold missions, and at Good Egg, we're no different. If you've been following us at all over the last twelve months, you've probably heard us mention our desire to be the ...


3 Reasons Why You Should Use Good Egg's MVR Monitoring

We've written a lot about motor vehicle record (MVR) checks. If you want to read deeply about various aspects of MVRs, check out the following... What's an MVR Report and Why Should More Companies Care? 5 Benefits of MVR Monitoring Ask the Attorney: ...


3 Ways to Boost Background Check Turnaround Time in 2020

We recently wrote an in-depth article about why background checks can sometimes take so long. There are many reasons for delays—and most are beyond a background check vendor's control. The good news? There are ways to boost background check ...


5 Benefits of MVR Monitoring

Here's a secret: you likely have many more people driving on behalf of your company than you realize. Think sales reps, customer service folks, lawyers, accountants, consultants, and so forth. Even if these workers use their own vehicles, if they're ...


CCPA & Background Check Compliance

In our latest installment of "Ask the Attorney," we answer questions concerning the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which went into effect in California on January 1, 2020. Melissa Snyder, FCRA-Advanced Certified from the Professional ...


What Does a Pre-Employment Background Check Contain?

What a pre-employment background check contains is very much in the eye of the beholder—or, in this case, the eye of the employer. Several factors will influence what employers decide to include in their pre-employment background checks, such as ...


4 Important Truths About Background Check Service Costs

When it comes to evaluating the cost of background check services, people often grapple with certain pervasive myths. Here are four of the most common: Basic screenings are sufficient. Ongoing monitoring is a pricey extra. Online "instant" ...


How to Choose the Best Background Check Service Partner

Not all background check service partners are created equal, something you likely already know. If you're auditing your current background check vendor and/or vetting potential partners, this blog post will help. In it, you'll find 10 questions to ...


Should Employers Ditch Drug Testing for Marijuana?

At the writing of this article, 33 states in the United States have legalized the use of marijuana either for medicinal or for recreational purposes (or both). Other jurisdictions at the municipal level are also legalizing marijuana. The federal ...


3 Reasons Why All Companies Should Conduct Criminal Background Checks

We've been writing a series of blog posts about criminal record checks. Here are links in case you missed our earlier installments: What is a criminal background check? Understanding the criminal background check process The argument for ongoing ...


MVR Checks & Insurance Companies

This is the second installment in our new feature "Ask the Attorney." (Read the first issue on salary history bans—and what this means for background check procedures.) Melissa Snyder, FCRA-Advanced Certified from the Professional Background ...


Criminal Background Checks: Myths & Best Practices

If you've been following our blog in "real time," you've likely been reading our series of articles on various criminal history check topics. Here's a list in case you missed any installments: What is a criminal background check? Understanding the ...


The Argument for Ongoing Criminal Monitoring

Pre-employment background checks are common. GlobalHR reports that a 2017 survey showed "background checks are nearly universal among employers, who turn to these pre-employment screenings largely to ensure the safety of their workplaces." The type ...


Understanding What Shows Up on a Criminal Background Check

In a previous blog post, we defined what a criminal background check is (and what it includes). Now, it's time to discuss the criminal background check process itself. Let's say an organization is interested in hiring an applicant, pending the ...


How Salary History Bans Affect Background Checks

We're excited to launch a new feature on our blog called "Ask the Attorney." Many of our readers have questions regarding the legal landscape when it comes to pre-employment and post-hire screenings, and no wonder: laws are constantly changing and ...


What is a Criminal Background Check?

Because so many people use the term "criminal background check" —in HR, the news media, and endless movies and TV shows—it's easy for us at Good Egg to think everyone must understand what a criminal history check is. Yet whenever we stop and take a ...


8 Social Media Screening Myths—Busted!

When it comes to social media screening, we find most people embrace the concept, even though they tend to know little about the day-to-day reality of what, exactly, social media screening entails. In fact, many dangerous myths abound. It's time to ...


7 Ways to Create an Effective Drug & Alcohol Testing Program

Your company wants to launch an effective drug and alcohol testing program. So what are some best practices it should follow? Keep reading...


What's an MVR Report and Why Should More Companies Care?

At Good Egg, we receive many questions regarding motor vehicle record (MVR) reports. What are they? What's on them? Why should employers care? Let's dig in...


Background Checks in Higher Education

One of the most basic—and important—goals of background checks is to help keep people safe, something that's vital on college campuses filled with students, faculty, administration, staff, vendors, and visitors.


If Only the Wizard of Oz Had Background Checks...

At Good Egg headquarters, we were recently talking movies, and someone mentioned that the beloved Judy Garland film The Wizard of Oz is turning 80 (!) this year.


3 Important Considerations Before Choosing Your Drug Testing Partner

When it comes to evaluating drug testing providers, follow these three important reminders. (You can also download our comprehensive guide on how to choose an employee screening vendor.)


ATS Integration with Your Background Check Vendor: 4 Benefits

If you work in HR, you probably crave speedy recruitment, streamlined applicant tracking, and easy ways to monitor the entire hiring workflow.


Capital One Breach Highlights Criminal Brazenness Online

Making news in recent days has been the Capital One data breach affecting 106 million people in the US and Canada. A former Capital One employee carried out the hack in March/April of 2019 and bragged about it online.


Background Checks: 9 Big Mistakes Recruiters Still Make

If you're a recruiter who wants to WOW, don't make these mistakes when it comes to background checks.


Instant Drug Testing vs. Lab-Based Testing: What You Need to Know

We field many questions regarding instant drug tests vs. lab-based testing. Below, our drug screening experts give our readers the scoop.


How Long do Background Checks Take?

In a perfect world, we'd be able to complete all employment background checks within two to four business days. But we all know this world is far from perfect. There are many reasons for delays—and most are beyond a background check vendor's ...


6 Tips for Creating a Drug Policy & Alcohol Policy

If you're launching an alcohol and drug testing program, it's imperative that you have a clear and comprehensive written policy. Here are six tips to guide you in its creation.


The Surprising Connection Between Background Checks & Customer Service

As Good Egg's marketing manager, I pay close attention to what our customers and prospective customers talk about when it comes to employee screening. I also listen closely to the Good Egg sales team.


Hiring Seasonal Employees? Make Sure You're Screening

Summer's almost here, which means seasonal businesses will be ramping up their workforces. Think ice cream shacks, farms/orchards, amusement parks, garden centers, landscaping companies, construction sites, summer sports leagues, golf courses—the ...


HR's Background Check Process - 3 Scenarios

The way HR managers approach employee screening will differ for many reasons, including something we don't discuss much: the particular situation the HR manager finds himself or herself in.


On-Site Drug Testing vs. Off-Site Drug Testing - Does it Matter?

The labels themselves indicate the obvious difference between on-site and off-site drug testing. But let's dig a little deeper.


Criminal Records and Employment Discrimination - Is it Affecting You?

Since the New York City Fair Chance Act (FCA) went into effect in 2017, employers have been prohibited from referring to criminal history in job postings, employment applications, and interviews.


Urine Tests, Hair Tests, and Oral Fluid Drug Tests - Which Should Your Company Use?

Let's talk about the specimen collected during a drug test: urine, oral fluid, or hair. While urine is typically the most common specimen that employers test, oral fluid (saliva) and hair have been gaining traction in recent years. Here are some ...


Understanding Panel Drug Tests - Expert Q&A

If you're developing a drug-screening program for your organization, you likely have questions about drug panels. We recently sat down with one of our screening experts to answer some FAQs.


3 Common Company Background Check Questions

We receive many questions about background checks, so we thought we'd compile three of the most common here.


How Technology is Transforming Background Screenings

It wasn't all that long ago that background screening was a paper-based process. Sadly, many companies still do it this way. The problem? Paper-based checks are time consuming, inefficient, and can lead to inaccuracies/errors. That said, we know ...


Social Media Screening in the Age of Millennials & Gen Z

Millennials (those born between 1981 and 2000) have taken over (and have transformed) the workforce. Gen Z (those born between 1996 and 2012) will soon follow. The way employers recruit and hire Millennial and Gen Z job candidates has changed as ...


Employee Rescreening vs. Continuous Monitoring - What's the Difference?

Our employee screening philosophy is straightforward: in order to get a complete picture of a person, you need to consider their past, present, and future behaviors (we call this the Good Egg Screening Continuum®).

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