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How Are Trucking Organizations Combating Human Trafficking?

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As January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month with January 11 th designated as Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the Truckers Against Trafficking Organization is pleased to share information about the growth of this global criminal issue and how our organization and its partners, including HireRight, are working to help combat human trafficking in the United States.

Stepping into the Startup Storm? Make Sure to Budget for Background Checks!

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The idea of starting your own business hasn’t lost its appeal, as is evident by the growing number of startups popping up not only in Silicon Valley, but all over the world. On top of that, two out of three startups believe that 2018 will continue to be a productive year, with the number of startups hiring at a five year high.

Background Check FAQs – Criminal and Offense History Searches

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Some of the most common questions we’re asked by candidates have to do with public records searches (more specifically criminal and offense history searches), and we get it. The stakes are high, and when the process seems unclear, it’s natural to be concerned. We’ve got you covered.

How Your Organization Can Benefit from Integrated ATS and Background Check Solutions

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Bah, humbug! Tis the season for curmudgeons, and Ebenezer Scrooge is your paragon of grumpiness. The man was irked by virtually everything. If he were here today, ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future notwithstanding, he’d probably bemoan how frustrating it is when some phone support rep tells him to provide his name and account number, after he’d already spent five minutes entering it following tedious recorded voice prompts.

The Ultimate Hiring Toolkit

Hiring is hard enough. Without the right HR templates and tools, keeping track of and managing the whole process can get out of hand quickly. Get the essential toolkit for all your recruiting and hiring needs, from job requisition to hire. 8 templates, tools and worksheets for every stage of recruiting.

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?

OSHA Clarifies Guidance on Post-Incident Drug Testing and Workplace Safety Incentive Programs

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a memorandum to help clarify the Department’s position on 29 C.F.R. 1904.35 (b)(1)(iv). The rule prohibited employers from discharging or discriminating against an employee for reporting a work-related injuries or illness. OSHA noted in the Preamble that in some instances, post-incident drug and alcohol testing could be considered a retaliatory practice.

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.

You Better Watch Out—and Run Background Checks on Seasonal Staff

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Next to seeing that one overzealous neighbor setting up his Christmas decorations in October, the most troubling aspect of the holiday season is retailers hurrying to hire temporary workers to handle the holiday rush. Some businesses may want to play Scrooge by not conducting background checks on temps. After all, they’ll be gone soon and are hardly worth the investment, right? Terribly. Wrong.

Understanding the FMCSA’s New Rule on Insulin-Treated Diabetes for Drivers

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By Abigail S. Potter – Manager of Safety and Occupational Health Policy at the American Trucking Associations. Based in Arlington, VA., Abigail is an issue expert on drug and alcohol regulations, medical qualifications, commercial drivers licensing, occupational health and safety compliance, distracted driving, and highway statistics. On September 19, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made modifications to the commercial driver qualification standards for diabetes.

Why your employees are still struggling with performance reviews

Studies show that employees who successfully approach tough conversations with their managers, colleagues, and direct reports are less likely to leave: but only 70% of them do. Read the report to learn what's really on their minds.

The Three C’s of a Great Global Hiring Strategy

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The pursuit of new markets is part of many a company’s long-term growth strategy, as is global expansion. From small businesses to enterprise firms, the key should involve people. Companies need to be able to create a viable strategy for hiring, managing and keeping people — wherever they expand to. But that’s not a simple task. Numerous challenges to hiring employees include local employment laws and regulations, differing cultures and expectations, and of course, different languages.

AI in Recruiting – Salvation at Last?

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By Lewis Lustman. When most people think of AI – Artificial Intelligence – visions of robots or synthetic little boys who look like Haley Joel Osment and venture on Pinocchio-esque quests may spring to mind. But thanks to ground-breaking apps with whimsical names such as SmashFly and Mya, the heavy lifting part of recruiting the most qualified talent is becoming vastly faster, easier and more accurate than anything we could have imagined even five years ago.

New Updates Regarding San Francisco Ban the Box and More

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In February 2014, GIS reported that the San Francisco City Council unanimously passed the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO), which places restrictions on the use of criminal history information by employers, housing providers, city contractors, and city subcontractors. On April 3, 2018, San Francisco amended their Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) to coincide with certain provisions of California’s state-wide ban-the-box law that went into effect on January 1, 2018.

Breast Cancer and the ADA: Knowing Your Rights to Employment Protection

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as we consider this disease and how it affects us all, it is helpful to look into the employment protections in place for the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. In the days following a diagnosis with breast cancer, the worries and fear can be overwhelming, and patient should not need to worry if their employment status is in danger.

5 Culture Trends for 2019

As we approach 2019, major shifts in the work environment will continue to affect the ways companies do business. Companies that are looking to attract, engage, and retain top talent should leverage these trends to create workplaces where employees thrive.

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.

Don’t Panic! Background Screening Explained

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You did it. You nailed the interview—or many interviews. You gave them your A-game and they gave you an offer. And as almost an aside, the recruiter says, “The offer is contingent on a background check, but I don’t anticipate any problems.” “Ok, Ok, yeah, sure,” you say, nonchalantly. But inside, you panic. For whatever reason, you start to worry. The worry may grow to fear and then you’re in full-blown freak out mode, searching the Internet for answers for every possible scenario.

SILA National Education Conference is Right Around the Corner

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It’s that time of year again! In just a matter of days, GIS | HireRight will be attending the annual Securities & Insurance Licensing Association (SILA)National Education Conference. In existence since 1990, SILA has spent almost 30 years experiencing event growth and offering opportunities for networking, professional development, and education for attendees and vendors alike. But SILA is more than just a networking opportunity.

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.

Discover 4 Use Cases for Applying AI to Your Recruiting Processes

Recruitment AI technology uncovers the most qualified candidates. This technology automates recruiting routines and facilitates natural conversations, resulting in higher productivity and a better candidate experience. Download the eBook to learn more!

Credit Reporting Agency Changes to Bankruptcy, Lien, and Judgement Reporting

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In March 2017, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion (our primary provider) announced they would be making a change to the way they process bankruptcy, lien, and civil judgment information obtained from public records, resulting in significant changes to the information normally contained in a credit report from them. These changes primarily affected lien and civil judgment data. Bankruptcy data: This is information obtained from the federal bankruptcy courts. Bankruptcy was largely unaffected.

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.

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.

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.

Dice 2018 Recruitment Automation Report

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies are rapidly changing the way many recruit and hire talent. Read Dice's first-ever Recruitment Automation Report to discover how you can employ new, cutting-edge technologies to source and hire tech talent faster.

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.

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 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.

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.

HR Service Delivery software for the non-traditional workforce

The rise of the gig economy means HR must support a variety of worker types. This eBook explains how HR can easily serve the non-traditional workforce, including those in manufacturing and retail who work away from a desk or outside traditional office hours.

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.

What’s the Buzz with HR Tech?

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The world of HR technology is constantly changing, with new and innovative solutions around every corner. Everyone is looking for the hot new product that is going to solve problems that are inherent in recruiting and HR. The opportunities for growth and improvement are endless, which is why scouting the landscape can be overwhelming for companies looking to change it up, invest in new tech, or stay on the cutting edge of business technology.

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.

Hard to Hire: Third-Party Recruiting & the State of Talent Acquisition Report

The talent acquisition challenges of today are unparalleled: 90% of survey respondents feel that the current hiring market is more challenging now than in the past! Recruiting as we’ve known it is evolving - how are you keeping ahead of the competition?