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.
When it comes to background checks, regulations are an undeniable and unavoidable reality. In order to steer clear of costly and unwanted complications, employers need to be properly educated on the ever-changing employment laws. In 2015, new regulations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pertaining to background screening made national headlines on an almost-daily basis. So, what can we expect in 2016? We’ll see a continuation of the hiring regulations that changed the face of employee screening last year.
Over the past few years, a number of high-profile lawsuits have targeted companies for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (‘FCRA”) and that number is continuing to increase. Accurate Background's latest FCRA Best Practices white paper and corresponding infographic cut through the complexities and provide employers with four easy to understand guidelines for complying with FCRA.
Join us for a free webinar with compliance attorney and Accurate Background advisor Pam Devata of Seyfarth Shaw.
Our events are starting to pick up! We will be at three different events in CA during February. Our representatives will be demonstrating our employment and workforce screening solutions to help you build positive employer and candidate experiences that support hiring and retaining the best talent. We will also be giving away some great thank you gifts and entering everyone who stops by into drawings for some amazing prizes. We hope to see you early this year as we start with our first February event on February 10th.
HR professionals can take advantage of free E-Verify and I-9 webinars presented by the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). The webinars will be running throughout the month of January and will cover important aspects of E-Verify and the I-9 Form as well as best practices.
Accurate Background is excited to kick off 2015. We will be at three different events in CA and CO during January! Our representatives will be demonstrating our employment and workforce screening solutions to help you build positive employer and candidate experiences that support hiring and retaining the best talent. We will also be giving away some great thank you gifts and entering everyone who stops by into drawings for some amazing prizes. We hope to see you early this year as we start with our first event on January 13th!
With 2015 already in full force, there are many new laws related to background screening and hiring that may affect employers moving into the new year. It can be hard to keep up with so many new laws, but don’t worry, Accurate Background has you covered. We take the time to consistently monitor any legislation that may impact our clients and have created a summary of some of the regulatory changes from the past year that may affect your hiring and background screening process. Below is a recap of these regulatory changes:
Prince George’s County, MD, has joined other jurisdictions, such as Montgomery County and San Francisco by passing Bill No. CB-78-2014. The new law adds Subdivision 10 “Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards” to Division 12 Human Relations Commission of the Prince George’s County Code.
If you do a quick Google search for DIY background checks, you will find countless websites and articles offering “free” background screening services and how-tos for running background checks on your own. On the surface, it’s easy to see how conducting your own background checks could be enticing. “Instant” and “free” online searches give the perception that performing background checks in house with existing resources will provide you with more control over the process and cost savings. You may be considering in-house screening to get around the FCRA requirements that are mandatory when using a Consumer Reporting Agency to support your background screening. But, just because you could do something in house doesn’t mean you always should. Accurate Background has many conversations with employers who have been using internal screening programs only to realize the risks after something goes wrong.