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UPDATE: FCRA Compliance

Dear Clients, Our friends at the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) are never far from our radar. As I’ve stressed before, compliance is critical and not optional. Many states have limitations on the reporting period for criminal records allowed for employment suitability screening. Of those states that do, a few of them place the proposed salary…

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UPDATE: New compliance feature

Dear Clients, The Federal Trade Commission’s main focus for 2016 will be on matching criteria and ensuring accurate identifiers are used for the applicant processing. In an ongoing effort to enhance accuracy and compliance, beginning on March 24th we are adding a new feature for the way names are entered into the HireSafe ordering platform.…

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Ban the Box changes for Philadelphia Private Employers

Effective March 14, 2016 new amendments to the Ban the Box ordinance in Philadelphia will take place. Currently, the ordinance requires companies with at least 10 or more employees to not ask applicants about criminal convictions. This can only be done after the first interview. Philadelphia Ban the Box Changes Now companies with at least…

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Enhanced Security Update

Dear Clients, You asked about security and we answered! We released an InstaScreen™ security enhancement on Thursday, March 3rd. The enhancement includes an improved login process. Password resets are now streamlined and include multi-factor authentication (MFA). Due to these changes, all InstaScreen users will be required to provide a delivery method for password recovery upon…

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Top 5 Background Check Trends for 2016 – #4 Credit Report Restrictions

Employment background checks have increased the use of credit reports year over year. This weighted factor for hiring has not gone unnoticed by community groups, politicians and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). They have scrutinized this determining factor and say it penalizes vulnerable applicants unfairly. Opponents say it violates privacy laws because it may…

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5 Tips on How to NOT Conduct an Employment Background Check

At HireSafe we strive to keep our clients fully compliant when conducting an employment background check. Our highly trained staff always consults them on what to do, but rarely do we say how to not conduct one. So, here are 5 tips on how NOT to conduct an employment background check.   Don’t include the…

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Background Check Best Practices for Hiring Managers

Hiring managers have a great amount of work to deal with when it comes to deciding which applicants to interview. However, equally important is how to conduct a background check once you have selected the right person to hire. Many decisions have to be made and to say the least in the correct manner. So,…

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Top 5 Background Check Trends for 2016 – #3 Ban the Box Compliance

Across the country numerous states, counties and cities are adopting Ban the Box that removes criminal history questions from job applications upfront. Employers in areas that have this new law have adjusted their hiring processes. This has affected businesses of all types and sizes. With Ban the Box coming into law in more parts of…

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Top 5 Background Check Trends for 2016 – #2 Employee Background Re-Screenings

Most of the background checks that companies conduct are for pre-employment purposes. But, what happens after that employee has been on the job for at least a year or more? So, more businesses are protecting themselves in 2016 with employee background re-screenings. A pre-employment background check is only a glimpse at what that employee has…

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Top 5 Background Check Trends for 2016 – #1 Background Check Compliance

One of the top pre-employment background check trends for many businesses in 2016 will be centered on Background Check Compliance. This is due to the increase in multi-million dollar judgements against businesses that had accuracy and compliancy problems. Inaccuracies, inappropriate hiring procedures and lack of technology for pre-employment background checks have made many businesses easy…

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