Understanding the 7-Year Lookback Rule in Background Checks

A criminal background check is a key part of the pre-employment screening process, as it can provide a deeper understanding of a person's character and trustworthiness - along with whether they have the potential to compromise the safety of your workplace.

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Mariah Barr

Mariah Barr
Mariah Barr is the Content Marketing Writer at Good Egg. She's played a few roles in her professional life, but they’ve always involved writing interesting and informative pieces. Outside of work you can find her walking her dog or working on a DIY home improvement project.

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What Does a Pre-Employment Background Check Contain?

Here's a Good Background Check Primer for Candidates—and Reminders for Hiring Managers 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 ...


Why Background Checks Still Matter When You Hire Remote Employees

Ongoing Monitoring Can Also Help Manage a Remote Workforce Over the Long Term


Background Check Services: 5 Critical Reasons to Consolidate

You'll Get Cost Savings & Better Outcomes if You Use One Background Check Vendor


How Text Messaging Improves the Background Check Process

Use Text Messaging to Create Better Candidate Experiences AND Reduce Turnaround Time


Why an Education Verification Check Still Matters

Weed Out Candidates Who Lie About Their Credentials Before They Work for You


Background Checks for Nonprofits: 5 Things to Keep in Mind

You Can't Afford NOT to Screen Your Volunteers & Workers


How Social Media Background Checks Can Support Workplace Culture

Pre-Hire Social Media Screening + Ongoing Monitoring Can Flag Toxic Behavior


Alcohol Awareness Month: Can Workplace Drug Testing Help?

The Right Program Could Make a Difference & Improve the Overall Workplace Culture


Wild Things Employers Discovered During Background Checks

Let These Serve as Cautionary Tales as to Why You Should Always Run Pre-Employment Screenings


What Makes the Best Background Check Companies the Best?

The Best Background Check Company Never Skimps on These Three Things


How Do Background Checks Work? Part 2.

Take a Deeper Look at Common Pre-Employment Screenings


How Do Background Checks Work? Part 1.

Get a Solid Overview of Common Pre-Employment Screenings


5 Surprising Things You Need in a Background Check Provider

Many Pre-Employment Screening Vendors Fail to Deliver on These Key Elements


Our 2023 Predictions About Background Checks

How a person represents their education and employment history says a lot about their character. The calendar might say February, but we're still feeling the new-year glow at Good Egg. In fact, since everyone's settled into 2023, now's an excellent ...


Understanding Protected Classes & Social Media Screening

Why Running Your Own Social Media Background Checks Could Violate EEOC Laws


What to Look for in Background Checks

The company you choose to manage your background check process matters just as much as the packages you buy.


Employee Verification for New Hires: Why You Shouldn't Skimp

How a person represents their education and employment history says a lot about their character. When it comes to pre-employment background checks, some companies consider only criminal checks and maybe drug testing, depending on the job. But ...


Senior Transportation: Why Certain Background Checks Are Essential

Going beyond basic driver compliance will give clients and their loved ones peace of mind. As seniors age, many must rely on others for rides to doctors' appointments, the grocery store, the library, and the like. Often, older adults will turn to ...


4 Types of Employee Monitoring for Home Healthcare Agencies

Effective employee monitoring can protect workers, clients, and your brand. When it comes to maintaining a productive and professional workforce, home healthcare agencies face a unique challenge: How do you keep tabs on workers who are out and about ...


Why Home Healthcare Agencies Should Run MVR Checks & Monitoring

When hiring home healthcare workers, it's easy to think you should focus only on popular pre-employment checks, like education verification and drug testing. Don't get us wrong—those things absolutely matter. But another background check exists ...


Common Types of Elder Abuse & How to Prevent Them

The statistics on elder abuse are startling. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports that 1 in 10 Americans aged 60 or older has experienced some form of elder abuse. This results in five million older Americans being abused each year.


3 Key Insights You Can Learn from a Social Media Background Screen

Pre-employment background checks are all about understanding behavior. For example, does the person use illegal drugs? Does the person drive recklessly? Does the person steal—or worse?


Negligent Hiring Will Cost You in More Ways Than One

In a 5-0 decision on Friday, June 17, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Keiths, an elderly couple who survived a home invasion robbery plotted against them by an employee of the home health care agency they hired. The jury ...


Avoiding In-Home Care Abuse Starts with Background Checks

As a home health care provider, you have the best intentions in mind when it comes to your clients and their loved ones’ care. Sadly, that isn’t always the case with every provider.

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