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Discover what’s happening at our company and in our industry — and what it means to you.

  • January 2017
    States and municipalities around the country are adopting so-called “ban-the-box” laws intended to give job applicants with criminal records a fair chance at employment. The laws stipulate that employment applications cannot include a box to check indicating that an applicant has a criminal background. In addition, employers subject to such laws are prohibited from asking about or considering the criminal history of a jobseeker during the early stages of the employment application process. How Do Ban-the...
  • December 2016
    Buying another company is a heady, exciting endeavor for any business. Yet it’s also an undertaking that could be fraught with consequences. Pick the wrong business to buy — or fail to conduct due diligence — and that would-be happy, synergistic merger quickly may become a painfully mismatched integration. The numbers of acquisitions that have gone bad may surprise you. Multiple studies have found that 70 percent to 90 percent of mergers fail. Yet if the right opportunity arises — and thorough background...
  • December 2016
    Every state issues drivers’ licenses and retains driving records that document status, violations and other information. These records can be requested by insurance companies, employers and potential employers (to verify information and measure employability). The reports can contain extensive information, and it is important to understand its content. Driving Report Basics While report layouts vary by state, it should minimally include: General. Name, address and driver’s license number. Type of license...
  • November 2016
    When you order a background screening report, whether for a tenant, employee or some other purpose, you might have a hard time understanding it. Reading a background screening report is not always straightforward, because these reports are often filled with terminology the reader is not familiar with. If you are trying to understand a background check report, here are some tips to help. Know What the Background Check Contains While each background check is going to be a little different from the next, it...
  • October 2016
    International background checks delve into the personal history of someone with a global scope. While many background checks determine whether a person has faced criminal charges or dealt with a conviction in the past, they can also provide a picture of the person’s educational background, experience and credit history. At a time when globalization is a growing trend in almost every culture and industry, domestic background checks aren’t always sufficient. Who Benefits From International Background...
  • September 2016
    In 2007, when an appellate court in Illinois held that hospitals could be liable for failing to properly credential physicians, the decision immediately put allied health service organizations on notice. Ruling that negligent credentialing may lead to life-altering events for patients and their families meant every healthcare facility, surgical clinic, laboratory and ancillary service provider had a more rigorous burden to ensure patient safety by carefully screening medical staff. The ruling was an...
  • June 2016
    Are you verifying degrees during your hiring process? Many of your applicants are gambling that you won’t. Inflating educational credentials remains an irresistible prospect to some applicants. Research has found that more than half of people falsify their resumes, and much of the untrue information falls under the category of education. Many employers do conduct an education background check — typically through a third-party screening firm. Value of Degrees Encourages Dishonesty As the job market has...
  • November 2015
    Why Tenants Lie on Applications, and How Tenant Screening Sniffs out the Truth   Everyone sometimes "spins" a story to shed a positive light on themselves, their choices and actions. However, some people go too far and morph the truth into a gross exaggeration or lie. Landlords who fail to catch these misrepresentations are setting themselves up for bad tenants and big headaches. Normally, potential tenants stretch or fabricate information because of a past issue they think hinders their ability to rent...
  • October 2015
    It's not reasonable to think that you can or should run a background check on every person you meet in a social setting. Though when it comes to making a hiring decision for your business, you absolutely can — and should.  If you are a hiring manager who is responsible for extending employment offers, you want to make the best possible choice every single time. A mistake in the hiring process can have negative consequences. When you choose to complete a background screening before hiring a prospective...
  • September 2015
    Hiring new employees is a big, risky investment in your company. Investopedia reports that recruiting costs can be as high as $3,500, and training costs run organizations over $1,000 per employee per year. One study conducted by the Harvard Business School estimated that mid-level employees don't provide companies with ROI on hiring costs until at least the six-month mark, making it critical for companies to hire the right people the first time. One way to ensure you hit the mark in hiring decisions is...