HR's Approach to Background Checks: 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.

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On-Site 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.


Is Your Background Check Provider Aiding Criminal History Discrimination?

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.


Drug Testing Urine, Oral Fluid, or Hair: Which One 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 things to keep in mind as you decide what's best for your drug-screening program.


Understanding Drug Test Panels: 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 Frequently Asked Questions about Background Checks

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 shifting to a technology-based system might feel daunting.


Background Checks in the Age of Millennials and Gen Z: What Employers Should Keep in Mind

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 well—and will continue do so. So if employers want to remain competitive and attract the best and brightest talent from these generations, they must keep the following points in mind when it comes to pre-hire screenings.


Rescreening vs. Ongoing 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®).


Why You Should Outsource Your Social Media Checks

Social media. Love it or hate it, the reality is people are using it—and at record numbers.


Is this Legal? And Other Social Media Screening FAQs

Let's face it: social media is a big part of most people's lives. In 2017, there were 2.46 billion social media users, and projections suggest 2.77 billion people will be using social media in 2019.


6 Startling Stats that Show Why Pre- & Post-Employment Drug Screening is Critical

It's easy to spout off startling statistics, but without context, those stats remain just that: startling. Understanding a statistic's relevance is what makes a statistic useful. A good stat should help you make a more informed decision regarding your talent acquisition and retention process.


8 Criminal Background Check Myths, Busted

Since 70 million people in the U.S. have a criminal record, it makes sense that employers conduct criminal background checks so they can make informed decisions about applicants. The problem is that many myths abound regarding criminal background checks, so we decided to round up some of the biggest offenders and bust them for good.


End of Year Planning: Why You Should Seriously Consider Continuous Background Checks

As the year winds down, something on the minds of many HR professionals is whether they have the hiring and retention practices in place they’ll need for 2019. This evaluation begins with a critical look at their current background screening provider, as well as one important question:


Planning Your Budget for 2019? Now's a Good Time to Evaluate Your Background Screening Program

As you begin planning for next year, now's a good time to carefully consider your current background screening program - not simply in terms of cost, but also in terms of the value it's providing your business.


FCRA Compliance Litigation Continues to Rise

With FCRA compliance litigation rising yet again in 2017, major companies such as Uber, J.P. Morgan, and Avis saw multi-million dollar settlements for FCRA noncompliance issues. According to the latest statistics from WebRecon LLC, this was the 17th year in a row these numbers have risen – with a 42 percent increase in the last three years alone.


3 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement

Note: This article is an excerpt from our new ebook, “The Employee Engagement Dilemma: Why Happy Employees Aren’t Always Engaged – And What You Can do About it.” To download and read the full ebook, click here.


Washington Ban the Box Legislation Signed Into Law

When State Governor Jay Inslee signed the Washington Fair Chance Act last week, the state joined the rest of the West Coast in enacting state-wide Ban the Box legislation. When it goes into effect on June 6, most employers in the state will be prohibited from asking about criminal arrests and convictions, receiving information through a criminal history background check, or otherwise obtaining information about an applicant’s criminal record, before they determine whether an applicant is otherwise qualified for the position.


Setting Expectations Around Turnaround Time

“How long will the background check take?”


3 Steps to Managing Adverse Action Compliantly

If you are making any negative decision based on information contained in a background check report, you must follow FCRA Adverse Action procedures (F.C.R.A. §604 (b), 15 U.S.C. §1681b). 

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