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From Ban-the-Box to Beyond-the-Box

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We’ve already covered Ban-the-Box, which moves questions about criminal history to the end of the hiring process. Beyond-the-Box” laws go further, in sometimes unique and confusing ways. What follows is by no means an exhaustive list of Beyond-the-Box laws (for that, just visit our compliance hub ), but it shows just how closely you have to pay attention to ordinances that go beyond the box. Restating Existing Laws & Guidances.

The Dangers of Diploma Mills: How Can You Guard Against Education Deception?

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Diploma mills pose a threat to the integrity of workplaces across the globe. It’s bad enough to find out an employee has padded their resume; imagine the impact when employees have entirely faked certifications and degrees in high pressure fields like healthcare. Just take a look at our recent blog post about the costs of a bad hire to get a scope of the possible impact this can have. With the dangers of fraudulent credentials ever-present, it’s up to employers to screen for these falsehoods.

How Much Does a Bad Hire Cost You?

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More than you might think. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), many companies report a bad hire costing as much as $250,000 per instance. With the potential monetary loss so high, it’s easy to see why companies are scrambling to find more effective methods of hiring. Breaking down the numbers. At first glance, a quarter of a million dollars can seem like a comically high number for simply hiring the wrong person. The scariest part is how untrue that sentiment really is.

HireRight and GIS Ownership Complete Merger

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Irvine, Calif./ Chapin, S.C., July 12, 2018 – HireRight and General Information Services (“GIS”) announced today they have successfully come together under common ownership, creating the industry’s preeminent background screening company with offices in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America. Over time, the combined company will operate under the HireRight brand.

Hiring Manager Intake Form

Communication between recruiters and hiring managers is the #1 indicator of successful hiring. Facilitating this communication without interrupting everyone’s schedule is key. Download the intake form and start recruiting better candidates today.

Compliance and the Last Retail Theft Database

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While other similar databases have been discontinued over concerns with their processes and compliance, the NRMA Retail Theft Database goes the extra mile. GIS’ Proprietary NRMA Retail Theft Database. First, let’s talk about what the NRMA Retail Theft Database actually is: it’s a members’ only database that contains only actual theft data as reported by member retailers.

Salary History Question Bans, Hiring, and You

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If your work includes hiring in any capacity, you’ve most likely heard about the expansion of bans on salary history questions for applicants. Here’s what you need to know. The Reasons Behind the Ban. These bans were created as part of a larger initiative to combat the gender pay gap, as well as pervasive pay issues concerning minority groups. As reported by the Pew Research Center, women earn 82 cents for every dollar men earn.

FAQ: How Do Credit Reports Work?

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Media pundits and some legislators have perpetuated many misconceptions around the use of credit reports in job applicant screening. Some commentators would have you believe that every employment decision hangs on your credit score. That’s simply not true, and we’re here to dispel some of the rumors. First, most employers do not use credit reports to make hiring decisions about most jobs.

The Impact of Limited Access Areas & How to Mitigate It

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Limited Access Areas are probably some of the biggest pain points in the background screening process. Regardless of what background screening provider you’re using, if you request criminal history records you either have or will at some point run into them. They cause seemingly interminable delays that slow down your hiring process and there’s practically nothing that anyone can do about them. Limited Access Areas are courts where access is limited in some way.

Applicant Tracking System Vendor Comparison Matrix

Trying to decide which ATS is right for your company? Newton is the only ATS built by recruiters, for recruiters. Download the comparison matrix to see how Newton compares to other ATS vendors.

HireRight and GIS to Merge

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Irvine, CA/ Chapin, S.C., May 25, 2018 – HireRight and General Information Services (“GIS”) announced today a definitive agreement under which HireRight and GIS will merge. HireRight and GIS are both leading providers of background screening and talent acquisition services including background checks, drug testing, driving records, employment and education verification, electronic onboarding, and a variety of industry-specific compliance and screening solutions.

FAQ – What Does GIS Search For?

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The searches GIS performs depend completely on the client and what they order. There’s a long and involved explanation here , but the short version is that the client determines what qualifications are necessary for a given position and then works backwards from there to determine what to search.

How to Set Up Your Scoring Parameters

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Much like package determinations, scoring is an area that can be overwhelming for first-time clients. But our resources were designed to help you understand scoring and get you to your perfect scoring scenario. If you read our piece on how to decide your background screening packages , what follows will sound eerily familiar. That’s because scoring determinations should really be made while you’re making package determinations because they rely on the same factors.

The Ban-the-Box Bandwagon

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Unless your company is already abiding by ban-the-box laws and best practices, there’s a high likelihood that your application asks whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime, and for a description or explanation of the crime. For lawmakers and activists concerned with employment prospects and recidivism rates for ex-convicts, these questions are troubling.

Dice's 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Report

A vital step to becoming more inclusive is first understanding how inclusive your culture is right now. Dice’s Diversity and Inclusion Report highlights how tech pros currently gauge their industry’s progress – and how frequently they've experienced discrimination based on gender, sexuality, age and political affiliation.

How To Determine Your Background Screening Packages

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Starting a background screening program can be overwhelming. Deciding what checks to do on each position is no small part of that, but it’s one of the two most important decisions you’ll make when setting up the program. GIS is here to help guide you through the process. When deciding on what background screening package to run on a given position, the EEOC’s guidelines on the use of background screening in employment are among your most important considerations.

NRSS Study Has Been Released

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The results of the NRSS are in! And some of it might surprise you. The National Retail Security Survey (NRSS) is an annual publication that aggregates information from retail sources across the industry. The results demonstrate not only overall trends in loss prevention and retail theft , but also targeted information on what kinds of theft are being committed, and whether certain steps and precautions seem to be making a difference. The Good.

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Subtropical Storm Alberto

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Alberto may prevent us from obtaining information in the Gulf Coast Region, as well as in the Midwest and Ohio Valley regions as the system moves northward. Heavy rains, flooding and power outages may result in closures of courts, businesses and schools. We understand how critical order fulfillment is to our clients’ business processes, so resources (both internally and with our partners) have been allocated to expeditiously process requests as the weather conditions permit.

Did You Know? New Jersey Criminal Offense Nomenclature

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Once you’re allowed to ask applicants/new employees about criminal history , what exactly do you say? If you ask whether the individual has ever been convicted of a “felony or misdemeanor,” you may be missing out on crimes committed in New Jersey. You see, New Jersey’s criminal code doesn’t use the terms “felony” or “misdemeanor.” Instead, it talks about “indictable offenses” and “disorderly persons.”


17 Features Every ATS Must Have

What should an ATS do for you? With so many applicant tracking systems on the market it can be hard to find the best one for your organization. Check out our list and learn the 17 crucial features every ATS must have!

Working Remotely: Ideal Work Environment Or Threat To Culture And Employee Productivity?


The traditional office landscape is changing and has been for quite some time, but the degree to which it should be shifting is subject to debate.

Why Company Leaders Should Focus On Boosting Workplace Happiness


Humankind has long struggled to find the secret to living a happy life, but what about workplace happiness? Have you ever wondered how your employees feel at work ?

Steal this People Analytics Leader Job Description!


You need the right People Analytics Leader in order to build an effective and strategic people analytics function. This person is the key evangelist and visionary for data-driven decision making, and ensures the use of people analytics always delivers values to the business.

Innovative HR and Why Technology Innovators Can’t Survive Without It


Editor’s note: This popular post has been updated with new data and information to ensure you’re ready for the talent demands of today and the future. As a tech company, we experience first hand the challenges faced by HR and business leaders in the hyper-competitive tech talent market.

5 Key Aspects of Accurate Human Resource Management Systems Pricing

Simplify your software evaluation process with this free Human resource Management Systems software pricing guide! Don't let price confusion keep you from selecting the best HR software for your organization's needs. Download your free guide today!

Helping End Hunger Nationwide with Feeding America

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Giving has been a core part of Ultimate Software’s “People First” culture since our founding more than 25 years ago. Life can take many unexpected twists and turns, and we at Ultimate feel extremely fortunate to be where we are today.

7 Skills HR Technologists Will Need in the Next Eight Years


It takes the right mix of People, Process, and Technology to make today’s organization function successfully. This has been true as long as the workplace has existed, but what has changed is how fast technology is disrupting the way we live and work.

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Read These Top Articles For Leadership Development And Change Management


Type “leadership” into the search bar on Amazon and prepare to sift through more than 70,000 titles. And that’s just books! Countless more articles, theses, and treatises on the topic have been written by savants from Cicero to Machiavelli to Lincoln. Needless to say, there’s a lot to say.

3 Ways for Small Businesses to Track Employee Hours

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As back-office functions go, tracking employee hours can sometimes get overlooked. This is especially true for many new businesses with small teams. But the issue of time theft, no matter how big your business, is anything but small.

Dice 2018 Tech Salary Report

Dice’s new Tech Salary Report is here. The skinny? While Cloud, Big Data and Process Management skills are driving the biggest pay increases, employers are also offering non-monetary motivators to attract and retain tech talent. Find out which skills and incentives are hot.

Burning Man’s Key Lessons On The Social Dynamics Of Community Based Work Culture


At 15Five we use research frequently; whether it be our evidence-based management approach or using data to analyze our own growth as a company.

Thinking of Changing Performance Reviews? Focus on These Core Components


Performance reviews are dead, or so we have been told. The data shows a shrinking support for the traditional method: only 15% of companies have not adjusted their annual performance management process and do not plan to.

Measure Quality of Hire With These Three Critical Factors


Editor’s note: This popular article has been updated to include new research and data. According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Global Recruiting Trends report , 56% of recruiters use talent acquisition data to increase employee retention. .

Viewing Generational Differences Through A Cross-Cultural Lens To Effectively Manage Millennials


“I just don’t get how they think. Why do they __? Can you help me understand ?” ” Or perhaps you’ve stated emphatically, “I’m still struggling to know how to manage Millennials and motivate them to do their best work.”

Ultimate Recruiting Metrics Spreadsheet

Tracking your recruiting performance is tough without an ATS. This is exactly why we created our recruiting metrics spreadsheet. Download the spreadsheet now and start tracking the KPIs that matter!