The Accurate Blog

6 Key Considerations For Running Employment Background Checks In Canada

Posted by Accurate Background on October 18, 2016

When employing and screening in Canada, there are a few key things you must consider when reviewing your background check process. When implementing or evaluating your background check program, be sure to take the following six requirements into consideration.

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Topics: International Background Checks

Background Screening: Myths Explained – Part 2 – Driving Records

Posted by Byron Alvord on July 14, 2016

Who is driving for you? Benefits and compliance requirements of this product

Finding qualified drivers for your organization can be difficult. Company drivers are some of the highest liability employees and contractors. These individuals may be driving company vehicles, using their own vehicle to fulfill company duties, or driving to earn extra cash on the side in the shared economy. Either way, if something goes wrong, the finger is pointed at your organization. Therefore, it is important to know the various regulations and obligations your organization has in regards to compensating drivers.

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Topics: Driving History

Introduction to Our API v3 - Anthony Rossano of

Posted by Joshua Flexen on June 28, 2016

We were previously mentioned in a blog post by API evangelist Anthony Rossano on as he listed us as the best background check API available on the market following his research on background check APIs.  

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Topics: Background Check API

Background Screening Myths Explained: Myth 1 - Identity Verification

Posted by Katie Hartley on June 14, 2016

While we have written many articles on our blog geared toward the background screening industry best practices, compliance, and even something on “holiday baking," I find myself increasingly reading articles and online advertisements promising real-time background check results, identity verification, and “the most” comprehensive background checks.  I have noticed this, particularly, in the last year or two as the industry has moved towards API offerings and had many new entrants

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Topics: Background Check API, Driving History

Which Employment Drug Testing Method Is Best For Your Organization?

Posted by Jessica McDonald on May 17, 2016

When determining the best drug testing method to use at your organization, it is important to decide the criteria that fits best with your organizational needs. For some organizations the most important aspect of their drug testing program is the window of detection (time frame in which a drug can be detected since last use). Other organizations may weigh more heavily on drug testing costs or turnaround times. Below you will find an overview of the main drug testing methods available and the pros and cons to each type.

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Topics: Drug Testing

Version 3 of the Accurate Background Check API is Now Available

Posted by Joshua Flexen on May 12, 2016

The Accurate Background Check API  provides the broadest offering in the industry for U.S. and international background checks, employment and educational verifications, work authorization and drug testing requirements. Yesterday we released the newest version of our background check API (Version 3).  Main enhancements of the new v3 release focuses on developer productivity and implementation simplicity:

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Topics: Background Check API, International Background Checks, Product Updates

Austin Becomes the First City in Texas to “Ban the Box” for Private Employers

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on April 4, 2016

Austin’s City Council passed Ordinance 20160324-019 (DRAFT)*, adding Chapter 4-15 to the City Code and making Austin the first city in Texas to expand “Fair Chance Hiring” practices to private employers. The new law takes effect on April 4, 2016.

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Topics: Compliance, Ban the Box, Criminal Searches

Reminder - Upcoming Webinar:  Candidate Experience & FCRA Compliance - Best Practices for Delivering Both

Posted by Liz Fairchild on March 17, 2016

You still have one week left to register for our upcoming webinar with IBM Kenexa on best practices for creating positive candidate experiences while also supporting your FCRA compliance program. 

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Topics: Compliance, Events, Candidate Experience

Philadelphia Ban the Box Effective Monday, March 14, 2016

Posted by Tracy Vrchota on March 11, 2016

As Accurate Background previously reported, Philadelphia's Ban the Box legislation Bill No. 150815 goes into effect Monday, March 14, 2016.   This law amends Chapter 9-3500 of the Philadelphia Code (“Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards”) to include more comprehensive requirements. 

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Topics: Compliance, Ban the Box, Criminal Searches

When A Background Check Finds The "Wrong Man"

Posted by Katie Hartley on March 11, 2016

As a consumer who has also worked in the background check industry for 14 years, I cringe on behalf of job applicants when I read stories about employment background checks that find the "wrong man." It seems to happen often that a background check finds inaccurate negative information because the background check was not thoroughly completed to get the most accurate information available.  To give more insight into these types of situations, I wanted to provide additional information on best practices in the background check process that typically prevent this type of misidentification from happening.

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Topics: Compliance, Candidate Experience