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Here’s Verified Credentials’ 2020 Report on Background Screening Trends by Industry

Posted by Verified Credentials on Feb 18, 2020 1:35:12 PM
“What background checks are other companies searching?” This is a question we often hear from HR professionals like you when we begin consulting on the current state of background checks. The most up-to-date trends can be an easy and obvious starting point for evaluating your background screening strategy.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks

Top 3 Background Screening Trends for Staffing Firms

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jan 31, 2020 8:56:33 AM
The success of your staffing firm depends on the quality of the employees they hire, mainly because the labor your employees provide is your product. And according to the American Staffing Association, the industry does a lot of hiring,  close to 17 million temporary and contract employees each year in the United States. That’s a lot of people to screen.
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Topics: Background Check Packages, Background Check Scope, Staffing Industry

Keeping Up with FCRA Compliance Requirements [Free Checklist]

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jan 24, 2020 1:49:29 PM
HR leaders have to stay in front of a lot of regulatory concerns. Maintaining compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with background checks is undoubtedly one of them.
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Topics: Compliance, FCRA, Fair Credit Reporting Act

List of Ways Criminal Records Could Go Unfound

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jan 10, 2020 3:37:28 PM
Background checks seek the truth about your candidates’ and employees’ connections with potential crimes. Screening products, packages, scope, actual order product mix, and methodologies used all contribute to how comprehensive a background check is. When added up, you can get a good sense of how likely it is you’ll prevent relevant information about a candidate from slipping through the cracks.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, National Criminal Database Search, Federal Criminal History Search, National Sex Offender Registry, ID Trace, Social Security Trace, Driving Records, Background Check Scope

Starting Job History Verifications on the Right Foot

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jan 3, 2020 12:31:13 PM
Nearly everyone knows the Forrest Gump quote about life and boxes of chocolates. But the classic movie features another gem of wisdom when Forrest explains, “My mama always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, where they going, where they been.” This folksy observation holds an essential lesson for HR professionals. Do you know where your candidates have been in their careers? Because much like shoes, employment verifications can give you much insight into the candidate’s past. Verifying a candidate’s work history can confirm the information they provided or listed on their resume, give you a peek into how they perform as an employee, and even offer detail about their personality.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Employment Verifications

Layer Up this Winter with Multiple Criminal History Sources

Posted by Verified Credentials on Dec 23, 2019 12:17:34 PM
When the weather gets cold, the best defense is to layer up with coats and sweaters to put as many barriers as possible between you and the frigid temperatures. If you don’t pack on the layers, you could leave yourself vulnerable to a cold snap. This is not unlike the criminal history searches in your pre-employment background screening program. A criminal record strategy relying on the thin fabric of limited information sources could miss important records. With the potential to lead to unintended consequences, many companies choose to take a layered approach instead. Here’s why you may want to consider layering up this winter to reduce potential risk to your company.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, National Criminal Database Search, Federal Criminal History Search, National Sex Offender Registry, Driving Records

3 Ways to Craft Company Culture Through Screening

Posted by Verified Credentials on Dec 4, 2019 11:28:54 AM
Company culture is the personality of every organization, and so, your culture says a lot about who your organization is to candidates and employees alike. Signs from your culture can greatly influence how they expect to be treated and viewed in their professional lives. No matter if your culture is casual or formal, finding ways to remain consistent with it through your HR policies and procedures can genuinely benefit you. A recent Gallup survey even links well-established company culture to an increase in revenue.
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Topics: Report Scoring, Employment Background Checks, Recurring Screening, Employment Verifications, Background Check Packages, Background Check Scope, Company Culture

Clearing the Top 3 Hurdles of Employment Verifications

Posted by Verified Credentials on Nov 18, 2019 12:20:19 PM
When you want to vet job candidates thoroughly, those get-to-know-you validations may come by way of an employment verification. It can give you a look into how that candidate is as an employee — confirming that they may be a good fit, or not, for your organization. On-the-job insights can be a loaded with value, but you may experience hurdles on the way to find out if that candidate is experienced, qualified, and a cultural fit for your team.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Candidate Self-Service, Employment Verifications

Background Screening ROI for 2020 Planning

Posted by Verified Credentials on Nov 5, 2019 1:43:52 PM
Business leaders are always eager to measure return on investment (ROI) for every aspect of their business. From marketing spend to office supplies, they want to know that every cost is producing a positive return. Proving ROI can be challenging for HR professionals who deal with the business of people. But it turns out, one of the most cost-effective processes in your entire organization might be your background screening program. 
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Topics: ATS Integration, Report Scoring, Employment Background Checks

Compliance Report: Upward Trend of FCRA Litigation

Posted by Verified Credentials on Oct 15, 2019 11:05:00 AM
Interpretations and understanding of what the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) means to employers are snowballing, thanks in large part to the rise of legal cases helping to define duties of employers. 
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Topics: Compliance, Fair Credit Reporting Act