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Sperm Banks Stepping Up Criminal Background Checks

Background Checks

Sperm banks give hope to couples when they feel they have nowhere else to turn. But this industry, which is dominated by a few very large companies, has come under intense scrutiny over the last few years. Several of the companies have even been sued. Some of these lawsuits are because samples have been lost, destroyed or misappropriated. But multiple families are suing a Georgia-based company in a jaw-dropping case.

What Does a Background Check Consist Of?

Background Checks

Background checks are an important part of any hiring plan for the simple reason that they keep your employees and your customers safe. We’ve all seen the news reports about attacks in the workplace. While these headline-grabbing incidents are thankfully few and far between, other crimes happen on the job every single day.

Screening Malpractice: Why We Refuse to Send Your Information Overseas

Background Checks

In this age of “just Google it,” searching for information seems as easy as pushing a button. But when it comes to conducting background checks for your job applicants, the process is not that simple. Nor should it be. Effective background screening is very in-depth and requires careful protection of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) like Social Security Numbers, birthdates and addresses. It is essential that a screening company have qualified and highly-trained people able to interpret screening results. Neither of these things can happen if you are using a company that offshores tasks to workers in another country.

FCRA Compliance: What You Need to Know

Background Checks, EEOC & FCRA

“FCRA” is the abbreviation for the “Fair Credit Reporting Act”. This federal law was enacted in 1970 and was originally designed to help consumers resolve inaccuracies in their credit reports.

In 1996, the scope of the FCRA was expanded to include other reports about consumers, including background reports prepared for employment screening purposes. FCRA Compliance is mandatory for any employer using a third party to conduct background checks.

Adverse Action: An Employer's Guide

Background Checks, EEOC & FCRA

Adverse action is a requirement of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, or FCRA. The FCRA governs how the information for consumer reports is collected and the steps employers must take if they make an adverse decision based on information gathered by a third party background screening company. These companies are known as Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs).

Top Background Screening Issues Discussed at NAPBS17 [Video + Transcript]

Background Checks, Videos

Every year, hundreds of laws are passed that affect the background screening industry, which  in turn, affect all of the employers across the country who use those searches. The National Association of Background Screeners (NAPBS) works hard to keep up with every piece of legislations. It takes a small army to do so, and every year, that army heads to Capitol Hill to make a difference.

How Long Does a Background Check Take?

Background Checks

A standard background check takes an average of 48-72 hours to complete.  

But let’s take a step back for a second. It’s important to consider the fact that “background check” may mean something different to you than it does to another employer – and that difference can and will affect the overall length of time that your specific background check takes to complete.

Background screening companies—also known as Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs)—offer hundreds of services and thousands of service combinations. The combination of services impacts the time a background check takes. Naturally, a more in-depth background check often takes longer than a standard—or “shallower”—background check.

Student Journalists Save the Day - An Important Lesson about Thorough Background Checks

Background Checks

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that we are big proponents of not just criminal background checks, but we also really support the use of educational and employment verifications as well. These additional checks into your candidate’s history can tell you a lot. Are your candidates who they say they are? Do they really have those advanced degrees? Have they truly held all of those impressive positions?

Previous Employment Verification: What You Need to Know

Background Checks

Verifying past work work experience and previous employment is important because people stretch the truth.

Competition for jobs can be fierce and the desire to get ahead is a powerful motivator. Too often, employers are in a hurry to fill a vacancy. They take a resume at face value only to find out their new hire doesn’t actually have the experience or the skills they claimed. Making a bad hire is a very expensive mistake that few companies can afford to make.

Previous employment verification can sometimes uncover small fibs like an applicant who nudges their previous salary up in hopes of getting a better offer. But it can also uncover outright lies by con-artists who claim work experience they never had.

Home Healthcare Crime Prevention

Background Checks

A few years ago, an investigative reporter in Kalamazoo, Michigan uncovered a problem that should put anyone with elderly loved ones on edge. David Bailey investigated a company that provides home healthcare services, and he found five ex-felons who were not only employed by the company, but who were allowed access to patients and their private information including social security numbers.

“Gig Economy” Does Not Reduce Need for Background Checks

Background Checks

The modern workplace is experiencing a dramatic shift away from full-time employment that is usually associated with benefits and punching a clock, to what is being called the "gig economy." More and more workers are choosing to freelance or take on short term contract work. According to a survey by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), as many as 4 in 10 workers prefer to work outside the traditional 40-hour workweek. Employers are paying close to $1 trillion to this non-traditional workforce each year.

More than a Quarter of Employers Do Not Conduct Background Checks

Background Checks

Millions of dollars - maybe even billions - are spent by businesses every year as they try to hire the right people. There are so many variables. Do they have the right experience? The right education? Are they a nice fit with your corporate culture? These questions are easy to ask. But there are more that don’t get as much attention. Is your applicant really who they say they are? Have they committed a crime? Are they telling the truth on their resume?