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How Online Criminal Records Searches Fall Short

A quick look around the internet might very well give you the impression that pre-employment screening is a simple, do-it-yourself project. Many criminal records check websites claim to have “national databases” and to turn up “all misdemeanors,” implying that conducting a pre-employment background check is as simple as performing a quick web search.


Health Care Employee Screening Tips for Reducing Liability

People who work in healthcare know that they will often be put into sensitive situations. The patients they work with – as well as patients’ families – are often distracted, scared and vulnerable. It’s the responsibility of the medical facility to ensure patients’ safety in this vulnerable state by properly screening health care employees.


Making Sense of the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

From laws dictating minimum wage to regulations on age discrimination, there are many laws about labor in this country. However, managers may not think to Google “laws about running a background check.” Company leaders understand the importance of sexual harassment laws, workplace safety rules, and family leave guidelines, but it’s unusual for managers to be familiar with the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), just one of several federal laws that mandate specific actions when partnering with a background check service.


Should Your Business Perform Criminal Background Checks on Employees?

Employee Background Check - Yes or No?The question of whether to run employment background checks can be puzzling for company leaders. Cost is the most powerful argument against performing criminal background checks before hiring new employees. An employee background check also requires a certain amount of time, something hiring managers don’t always have.


Three Reasons to Notify Job Applicants of Background Check Policy

Classified AdsIn today’s challenging job market, any job posting is going to get a lot of attention. For every job posted on the internet, hundreds – perhaps thousands – of resumes will arrive in a hiring manager’s inbox to be read and culled for the very best applicants.


Penn State Scandal Highlights Importance of Background Checks for Volunteer Programs

We would all like to think people who are committed to volunteerism are altruistic souls who will help keep children safe. Some predators, however, are drawn to the types of volunteer work that will bring them into contact with children. The recent Penn State child sex abuse scandal highlights this fact and demonstrates precisely why criminal background checks for volunteer programs are an important tool to make sure children remain safe in their after-school activities. (more…)

Why Screening Candidates Using Google Searches Is Not Risk Free

Employee Background Check GoogleThe internet provides a convenient venue for you to dig up dirt on candidates who want a job with your company. This rise in popularity of social networks – and most people’s failure to alter privacy settings – can provide you with a trove of information you may never learn from an application, resume or interview. Relying on the internet as an employee screening method, however, is not without its dangers and drawbacks. (more…)

Safe Hiring Practices: What Employers Should Include in their Hiring Overview Document

Safety in the workplace is a top priority. In addition to the well-being of your staff, safety includes maintaining the company’s financial goals, integrity, ethics and culture. When conducting a pre-employment background check, communicating your company’s goals and safe hiring practices to prospective employees can help reduce the risk of a regrettable hiring decision. In turn, you will also reduce employee turnover – and the cost of retraining new hires – as well as reduce the risk of a devastating incidental cost. (more…)

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