Facebook and Pre-Employment Background Screening: Have We Gone too Far?

April 20th, 2012 by admin

facebook like buttonIf you’ve ever hired someone, you’re probably well aware that every employer must follow FCRA privacy guidelines when conducting a pre-employment background check. The FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) requires companies to inform applicants that they will be conducting pre-employment background screening. Employers must obtain applicants’ permission to do certain background checks, and if an adverse action is taken as a result of an investigation’s findings – say, an adverse effect like not being hired for the job – the employer must inform the applicant of this decision.

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Top 2012 Trends in Pre-Employment Background Checks

April 19th, 2012 by admin

2012Companies that fail to keep a close eye on legal developments regarding pre-hire screening put themselves at risk of costly litigation. As every attorney expert in employment law can tell you, pre-employment background check processes are not the sort of thing you want to “set and forget.” A strong, easily defended pre-hire screening process should be consistently updated to reflect the latest EEOC and FCRA rulings. Moreover, states and cities consistently pass new laws about how employers can conduct pre-employment background checks. To protect your business, it’s important to track pre-hire screening news and adjust your methodology accordingly.

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Why You Can’t Just Ask Businesses for Employer Information

April 17th, 2012 by admin

As part of a reputable business, you want to be sure you are protecting your company from the risk of unsubstantiated legal claims and lawsuits. Being associated with illegal or unscrupulous employee background check practices has the potential to devastate not only your company’s bottom line, but its reputation in the community, as well. In order to minimize these risks during the employment screening process, it’s important to follow the standard rule of retrieving only pertinent information via an employee background check.

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How is Drug Testing on Hair Performed?

April 10th, 2012 by admin

Hair under the MicroscopeAs illegal drug use becomes more and more prevalent, drug screening has increasingly become a necessity for many companies during the final stage of the hiring process. It would be nice if all methods of drug testing were reliable at quickly detecting recent drug use, but, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Urinalysis, for example, has been proven unreliable due to the fact that there is a limited window of time required to detect recent drug use, and test takers have found many ways to tamper with the specimen collection process.

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Potential Hazards of Employment Background Checks

April 3rd, 2012 by admin

InterviewAs employers, we strive to build the best workforce possible. Oftentimes, the final step in the pre-employment screening process for potential employees is conducting a criminal background check. Even though we wish to receive the clearest picture of who we are offering employment to, making employment background checks a mandatory part of the hiring process always includes risks.

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Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Signs to Look Out For

March 27th, 2012 by admin

New officeThere are many things employers must always remain conscious of, not the least of which is alertness to whether drug and alcohol abuse may be occurring in the workplace. While pre-employment drug testing can help reduce the likelihood of on-the-job intoxication, it isn’t foolproof, so it’s important that employers know how to recognize signs of abuse.

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Why Corporations Hire Third-Party Background Check Companies

March 23rd, 2012 by admin

The scales of justiceA corporation’s motive for conducting employment background checks is obvious: By investigating applicants’ history, companies can avoid hiring insalubrious, untrustworthy characters. This focus on employee investigation isn’t just paranoia; in a recent whitepaper, ADP reported that 6 percent of the employment background checks they conducted for other companies in 2010 revealed a criminal record. Beyond the enormous impact a bad hire can have on operations and profits, failing to research new hires can be termed negligence in court.

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A Landlord’s Checklist for Tenant Screening

March 22nd, 2012 by admin

Apartment For RentThere are many reasons for carrying out tenant background checks. Tenant screening helps landlords avoid renting to unsavory characters whose behavior may drive down property value and rent rates. Conducting background checks can also help property owners and landlords avoid occupants who may cause property damage or threaten other residents.

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What Services should be Included in a Healthcare Professional Background Check?

March 21st, 2012 by admin

stethoscopeBecause life is literally in the hands of a health care professional, background checks are essential. Healthcare background checks help ensure that untrustworthy individuals are not hired by hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. Tragedies can be avoided if administrators conduct thorough healthcare background checks.

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When Background Checks Go Wrong

March 15th, 2012 by admin

Do you have a common name? Many people do, and all are at risk of being mistaken for someone with the same or a similar name due to simple clerical errors. When these errors show up in a criminal background check, the results can be disastrous.

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