Imagine this: As an employer, you take great precautions to ensure a new hire will be a suitable fit for the position, your team and enhancing your business. You have a series of reviews in place to support your decision including interview(s), a background check and drug test. The same process all your employees have undergone for the last 10 years. Now, a couple months after a new hire has started, you learn the employee has an addiction to pain killers, a controlled substance which wasn’t tested for prior to their start. Additionally, because you felt a background check and drug test were enough, you don’t have a written policy stating the use of a controlled substance while at work is a terminable offense. How do you proceed?
Topics: Drug Testing
Two topics which have dominated many recruitment and background screening conversations in 2017 have been in regards to salary history and Ban the Box regulations. Employers throughout the country have made significant changes to their recruitment processes to stay complaint with jurisdictions that have passed laws prohibiting employers from inquiring about, or relying upon, a job applicant’s salary history and/or criminal history.
As 2017 is coming to an end, reflecting on the year will show mass consumer customization continues to be a growing trend. Regardless of the industry, the need for companies to satisfy the needs and wants of their consumer group remains of the highest priority. In regards to the recruitment space, this refers to satisfying the needs and the wants of the candidate. Ultimately, we are living in the candidate’s world. Companies are now taking a proactive approach to attracting top talent by managing their employment brands, in part through investment in company websites and candidate facing technology. In a time where most things are available at your fingertips, candidates have adopted a consumer-like mentality and have the same expectations while searching for jobs.
Topics: Candidate Experience
“If your house was burning down, what three items would you take with you?”
This hypothetical question has probably crossed your mind at some point with varying scenarios, and everyone always questions what they would find most important. Usually, responses reflect sentimental items such as photos or videos. However, when faced with an evacuation in real life, there usually isn’t time to think of what you would ideally take. Recently, we saw the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as multiple wildfires in California. As thousands of people left their workplaces and homes, they were faced with making split second decisions on what they needed to grab before they left. Many of these victims lost their personal identification documents.
Topics: Social Security Number
As the recruitment industry evolves, staying compliant with the latest legislative updates remains a high priority. Inquiring about a candidate’s salary history has become a growing topic of discussion and jurisdictions throughout the country have made significant changes to prohibit employers from having the ability to request this information. Several jurisdictions have recently passed laws prohibiting employers from inquiring about, or relying upon, a job applicant’s salary history in their hiring practices. The goals of these laws are to increase pay equity and ensure applicants are paid in accordance with the job they are being offered, rather than based on their previous pay.
Support for fair hiring practices continues to gain momentum with policy makers and workers alike. Currently, there are 29 states which have adopted such policies and 9 states have removed conviction questions from job applications in the private sector. California has recently “banned the box” for the public sector, and is currently trying to do the same for private employers, but until then they have imposed fair chance regulations that have impacted both.
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.
Topics: International Background Checks
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.
Topics: Driving History
We were previously mentioned in a blog post by API evangelist Anthony Rossano on comparebackgroundcheckapis.com as he listed us as the best background check API available on the market following his research on background check APIs.
Topics: Background Check API
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.