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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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.


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®).


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? Social Media Background Check 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 ...


7 Myths About Criminal Record Checks, 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 ...


Continuous Background Screening - End of Year Planning

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 ...


Evaluate the Cost of Your Background Check for 2019

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 ...


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 Fair Chance Act and Your Business

When State Governor Jay Inslee signed the Washington Fair Chance Act on March 13, 2018, 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, 2018, most employers in the state ...


Fast Background Checks - 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).


Why Background Checks are Important: Care.com Ordered to Pay $500,000

The online caregiving giant Care.com was recently ordered to pay almost a half million dollars due to holes in its background screening process. The lawsuit comes after several incidents where caregivers found on Care.com (all of whom passed ...

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