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MVR Background Checks: Are All of YOUR Bases Covered?

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According to recent HireRight benchmarking reports , 50% of companies are running Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) background checks on their employees. Seems like a high number, right? On closer inspection, maybe it’s not high enough. As mentioned in this article by Business Matters , around 71.3% of companies use company cars.

The Case for Background Checks on Vendors, Contractors and More

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Everyone knows that they should be performing background checks on their employees. Background checks promote safety, reduce turnover, and help ensure that you have the best possible employee performing your tasks and working with your clients. It’s really a no-brainer. So why wouldn’t you require that background checks be performed on your vendors, contractors, and other non-employee workers?

Our 10 Favorite Tips to Boost Work Productivity

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This is probably not the first “Boost Productivity” post you’ve ever read, and it probably won’t be the last. After all, nearly everyone in working America benefits from finding the perfect tip or trick to get into their sweet spot with workflow, so nearly everyone with a blog has at least considered writing a list like this. That’s why the first source we looked into for this list was the internet. Unfortunately, it became quickly apparent that not all productivity lists are created equal.

The Power of Background Checks to Mitigate Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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If you’ve so much as turned on a television in recent years, you are aware that the issue of sexual harassment has become pivotal. It is up to every employer to protect themselves and their employees against the substantial impact that a single sexual harassment suit can have on a workplace, not to mention the victims. One of the first steps you can take to screen out these potential firestorm candidates is to perform a proper, in-depth background check. Perform Criminal History Searches.

Live Webinar: Competing in a Candidate Driven Market – How to Recruit in 2018

With unemployment at an 18-year low, recruiters are now faced with a unique challenge that they haven't had to face in some time. The market is hot and the best candidates are often receiving more than one offer. In an environment where candidates are "ghosting" interviews and even offers, how do you compete? Join us on September 27th, 2018 for a live webinar with Scott Conklin, VP of Human Resources at Paycor and learn what candidates really care about and how to get the offer signed.

Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing and Why You Should be Doing It

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We know that in 2018, the majority of employers are running basic drug tests on potential employees. This is the standard, and it’s a good one that has been serving its purpose for decades. But there are chinks in this armor that shouldn’t be ignored. After all, while a person can pass a drug test initially, what’s stopping them from using illegal substances once they get the position? That’s where Reasonable Suspicion (also known as For-Cause) Drug Testing comes into play.

A Tragedy Teaches a Harsh Lesson about Background Checks and Real Estate

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In 2018, only about half of all states perform background checks on applicants that apply for a real estate license. Think about that for a moment. If you’re looking to buy a house, one of your first steps is likely to get in touch with a real estate agent. From there, the agent will search for houses that fit your specified parameters, they call you up, and you agree to see the property. From there, in most cases you will meet up with the agent personally at the property to tour the home.

Confession: I Let an Unchecked Worker into My Home

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Today, we are pleased to have a guest poster in GIS | HireRight’s own Matt Robbins. Matt is the Senior Vice President of Sales at GIS | HireRight, where he has successfully accepted the company’s charge to build the retail segment. He has worked with dozens of leading retailers in developing comprehensive background screening programs. I have a confession to make.

5 Non-Criminal Products to Consider Adding to Your Hiring Program

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Criminal history checks are the backbone of any hiring program, but if all you have is a backbone, you have a pretty limited body. Non-criminal screenings can add extra layers of defense against dishonest or potentially problematic hires, or can even help make you money. Once you’ve added arms and legs to your program, you can really get things moving. Five products to consider running in addition to criminal products are: Education Verification.

Why Aren’t You Testing for Oxycodone?

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In 2004, the American Management Association estimated that around 62% of all companies in the United States relied on drug testing to aid in safety and productivity in the workplace. With SHRM polls reporting that the majority of companies pay between $30 and $50 per test, it is important to periodically review what drugs you’re testing for, ensuring that you are not wasting money screening for substances that are no longer a threat to the working community.

There’s Not a Skills Gap in the U.S… or Is There?

Your search for the perfect candidate has resulted in zero perfectly skilled applicants. What’s going on? Enter…the skills gap. This report, ‘The Employment Skills Gap and What To Do About It’, breaks down the issue with solutions you can apply now.

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.

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.

6 Ways to Address Domestic Violence in the Workplace

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For many years, domestic violence was considered a private issue, something that was discussed in hushed tones in the sanctity of one’s home, if it was discussed at all. As evidenced by recent and numerous events in the media, this is changing, and it’s important for employers to start thinking about how this issue impacts the workplace. The Partnership for Prevention reports that about 75 percent of domestic violence survivors experience harassment by their partners while at work.

Automation is the Future

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One of the biggest concerns that employers have concerning their background screening program is the time is takes to complete a check. Many products offered by background screening vendors offer quick turnaround times, but sometimes at the detriment of compliance or even accuracy. Recent polls by CareerBuilder show that 43% of employers have made a bad hire based on the perceived pressure to hire quickly, creating a sense of urgency that resulted in missed red flags on a problematic candidate.

Live Webinar: Train Like a Boss – Close the Skills Gap and Boost Employee Retention

Recruiting quality employees is no easy task. With unemployment at an all-time low, it's now more crucial than ever to engage and retain the employees you've hired. A demonstrated investment in employee development can set you apart and help attract more quality candidates. According to a recent report from Linkedin, over a fourth of HR professionals expect to be increasing their budgets in learning and development. Join us on 8/30 for a live webinar with Greg Goold, Director of Learning and Development at Paycor.

Background Checks in Child and Youth-Centric Industries

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It’s easy to assume that the need for background checks on individuals who interact with children and youths would be obvious. However, there are gaps in this coverage you may find surprising and, understandably, alarming. One of the most common areas where proper screening gets overlooked is community-led events. When all of the adults involved are folks you know personally or live near, it’s easy to think that you know them well enough to give them the benefit of the doubt.

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.

Compliance Alerts: Hawaii Salary History Question Ban and North Carolina Certificate of Relief

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Hawaii Bans Employers from Asking about Salary History. On July 5, 2018, Governor David Y. Ige signed Senate Bill 2351 which prohibits Hawaii employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. The new act’s effective date is January 1, 2019 and covers all employers that have at least one employee in that state. For more information, follow this link: [link]. North Carolina Amends Certificate of Relief Law.

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.

Just Released – Our 2018 Third-Party Recruiting Benchmark Report

BountyJobs curates the most impactful data in their marketplace: trends in salaries and fees across key verticals, emerging industry game changers, and other valuable analytics sure to influence your hiring strategy for the back half of the year. Download it!

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.

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 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.

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.

Newton’s Guide to OFCCP Compliance

For federal contractors, keeping up with OFCCP regulations can be a major challenge when recruiting and hiring. Download our guide to OFCCP compliance and learn the major regulations that you must adhere to.

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.

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.

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.

How Recruiters Can Create a Predictable Candidate Pipeline

Even the most experienced recruiting professionals face challenges filling critical roles in their organizations from an inability to establish, nurture and grow a sustainable talent pipeline. Download this eBook to get a jump on sourcing and learn how to build a high performance recruiting pipeline.

FACIS Secrets

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If you are involved in background checks for healthcare industry professionals, you know what FACIS is. You can skip down to the bold part. If you don’t screen healthcare professionals but want to understand, FACIS is the Fraud and Abuse Control Information System, a search that screens the sanction history of individuals and entities in the healthcare industry. FACIS is split into 3 levels (1, 1M and 3 – yes, it’s weird), with each level going more in-depth than the previous.

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.

Compensation Dictionary

We’ve compiled a list of fundamental compensation terms and why they’re important to know. Think of this as your comp cheat sheet—terms you need to know to put you on the fast track to becoming that cool comp kid we know you can be. Sure, you’ve heard some of the terms before, but you have no idea what they mean. Not to worry! Download this eBook and you’ll be ‘comp’letely fluent in no time. This ebook contains four sections: Section 1: Comp 101. Section 2: Market Pricing. Section 3: Pay Structures. Section 4: Pay Concerns and Pay Raises.

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.”


Your 2018 Social Recruiting Strategy: Remember These 7 Key Elements

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Everything HR Needs to Know About Blockchain

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One of the somewhat newer technology-related topics to surface is blockchain. When it first came out, I must admit that I didn’t see it having much of an HR component. So, I started paying attention…but at a distance. Well, I was wrong.

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Training Decisions Have Real Bottom-Line Growth [infographic] – Friday Distraction

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I always think of this time of year as “ budget season ”. You know, when organizations are thinking about what they’ve accomplished during the current year and the goals they want to achieve in the upcoming year. Not only is it great for performance, but it helps to create the budget.

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!