Posts By: Michael Gaul

What’s Behind the Cost of a County Criminal Records Check?

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There is no better source than county (a.k.a. local) criminal records for the most useful information about the criminal background of your job candidates and employees. The county court system is where most criminal proceedings begin and end. Therefore, when performed properly, a search of county records will give you the most complete, accurate, and… Read more »

Checking Employee Criminal Records? How Far Should You Go?

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Employers universally turn to background screening to inform their hiring decisions and meet their compliance obligations. In fact, a recent HR.com survey found 96% of employers conduct at least one type of pre-employment check. Screening runs the gamut from education and professional license verification, to drug testing, and DMV records checks. Among the most frequently… Read more »

The What’s What of Criminal Records [Infographic]

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Employers use criminal records checks to help assess a candidate’s background when making decisions about promotions, new hires, or contractual relationships. Looking at a person’s criminal history can help ensure the person doesn’t pose an undue risk to customers, other employees, or the public at large. Depending on the risk associated with the position you’re… Read more »

Employment Screening FAQ Series: Can’t I Just Google Them?

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Background screening provides employers a level of assurance that they are hiring the right candidate for the job. When implemented correctly, screening can shed light on aspects of an individual’s background that might impact their safety, productivity, and overall suitability for a role, while at the same time allowing candidates a fair chance at employment…. Read more »

Employment Screening FAQ Series: Can We Consider Arrest Records in Hiring Decisions?

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When you’re trying to make the best possible hiring decision, criminal records are often considered an important source of information. If you want to know as much about a person’s background as you can, including if someone has a history of criminal activity, you’re not alone. Ninety-six percent of US employers perform background checks, according… Read more »

Employment Screening FAQ Series: Can We Run Background Checks on Independent Contractors?

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The modern U.S. workforce consists of 15.5 million independent contractors, or contingent workers, who depend on this type of work as their primary source of income. If you add in part-time or occasional workers, that figure doubles to nearly 30 million people. There’s no doubt if you’re in HR, you’re having to think about managing… Read more »

Employment Screening FAQ Series: Do We Have to Follow FCRA Guidelines?

Today we continue our spotlight on some of the most frequently-asked questions we hear from employers concerning their use of employment background checks. This time, we focus on the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Let’s start with a definition. The FCRA of 1970 was enacted to promote the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer… Read more »

Employment Screening FAQ Series: “What Rights Do My Applicants Have?”

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As a background screening company, we field a wide range of questions from employers concerning their use of background checks in the hiring and retention of employees. Today we announce the start of a new series spotlighting some of our most frequently-asked questions and hopefully give you some information you can use to make better… Read more »