Is Checking Your Applicant’s Social Media Worth It?

Jan 12, 2021
2020 was a year to remember… or perhaps a year to forget. Naturally, we all want to remember the good times, but more often than not, it’s the negative moments that tend to leave a bigger impression on us. The same can be said when it comes to business and the actions of employees.   Ask yourself what stands out in your mind more - the time an employee did a good job, or the time an employee really messed something up?  The many positive reviews that was left for a business, or the negative review that tried to bring down its reputation?  This notion stands true during the interview process.   Background checks have been around for a long time and are an extremely useful tool in helping Human Resource professionals and business owners decide whether an individual is a good fit for the company or specific position.  Rarely does one recall when an applicant’s record comes back clean, but it is much harder to forget about the time they came across a murderer or sex offender.  Many companies would be reluctant to have an individual with that level of a criminal history being associated with their brand. 2020 was a very divisive year, where opinions became more poignant.  Free speech…

How Long Do Background Checks Take?

Dec 07, 2020
Are There Not Instant Background Checks? In today’s world, computers continue to process at faster and faster speeds, and answers to most any question can be obtained in seconds by performing an online search.  Further, if one were to google the term, “instant background checks,” almost 26 million results are now returned.  It is therefore not surprising that so many people expect background check reports to be completed quickly, if not instantly. However, the plethora of sources offering instant background checks is very misleading.  Companies whose main marketing point is “instant background checks,” tend not to be consumer reporting agencies (CRAs).  CRAs are companies that adhere to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA – the federal law that regulates background checks).  Reputable CRAs have processes in place to handle consumer disputes, as required by the FCRA. These “instant background screening companies” generally have “fine print,” usually in their terms and conditions, where they disavow being a consumer reporting agency.  These non-compliant background screening companies will also usually have “hard-to-find” disclosure  language such as, “not for employment screening…

How Can Employers Verify Education

Nov 01, 2020
For employers (and other companies and organizations), having attained a minimum educational degree is often a prerequisite for qualifying for a particular job (or for qualifying for certain franchises, or for some volunteer positions). However, employers and others oftentimes fail to verify the educational achievement, or worse, they rely on proof that the applicant provides. If a certain level of education is required for a position – whether it be a high school diploma, college or graduate level degree, or even a technical certificate – obtaining independent corroboration of the applicant having attained the necessary scholastic level is crucial. Why? Desktop publishing programs and services are readily available for purchase that will provide fraudulent credentials.  Further, there are a plethora of websites that will provide a myriad of documents that appear to be authentic, but instead are simply great forgeries that will deceive the uninformed. Not to mention the "diploma mills" that abound, which are essentially "pay for play" degrees. To authenticate that someone has attained the mandatory education that an employer or other organization is seeking, the educational degre…

How to Reduce County Criminal Records Search Delays

Oct 04, 2020
Delays in county criminal records searches is nothing new. Checking county courthouse records requires accessing each county's records through the specific procedures that each jurisdiction has in place. Although "clears" or "no records found" can often be obtained the same day, when a "potential hit" (match) occurs, the process is delayed due to the additional research that must occur to eliminate or confirm the "hit." However, during the current Covid pandemic, delays have increased significantly in numerous counties around the country. This is because courthouses have been closed at times, and even when they reopened, they generally have new protocols in place that limit access to their court files, impeding the ability of court researchers to examine their county criminal records. This has caused some unusually longer turnaround times (TATs), in some cases stretching into many weeks and even months. Even before (and eventually after) Covid, delays in county criminal searches occur for a variety of reasons, such as: Criminal records generally have no social security number (SSN) attached to them, requiring that they be matched by legal name (including middle name, if any) a…
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