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April 25, 2016

Employers who rely solely on fingerprint background checks for employment screening may be making false assumptions about the effectiveness of the strategy. First, businesses must be aware that there is no complete database of criminals in the U.S.

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April 25, 2016

As advocates encourage local governments to remove inquiries about criminal history from job application forms, the question remains regarding whether new laws will only apply to state positions or also include the private sector. Each territory may land on a different side of the issue, and employers need to follow changing regulations to ensure they conduct background investigation properly.

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April 21, 2016

By integrating OPENonline with an existing applicant tracking system, companies can ensure the hiring and background screening process is efficient, effective, and most importantly, customized to their specific needs.

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April 19, 2016

While landlords use tenant screening processes to find responsible renters, they need to make sure biases don't stop them from providing homes to needy people. It's for this reason the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released guidelines for staying in compliance with the Fair Housing Act when it comes time to use criminal histories in background investigations.

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April 18, 2016

Employment screening has long been an integral part of the hiring process, and it remains so today. Not only does thorough employment background screening enable employers to make smart decisions, it helps ensure assets and staff members are kept safe.

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April 15, 2016

The sharing economy makes use of mobile technology to manage large groups of free agents instead of employing permanent staff. This means companies must have dependable information systems to monitor daily activities and proper employment screening procedures to ensure new hires are able to meet responsibilities.

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April 13, 2016

Every industry has unique demands and best practices for applicant screening. Employers from specific industries are required to complete background checks that are compliant with their fields.

 

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April 7, 2016

On March 23, 2016, Rep. Mike Stewart brought an AR-15 style rifle to the Tennessee legislature, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. Stewart walked into a House Civil Justice Subcommittee meeting with the gun to make a point. The weapon was bought online and picked up in a restaurant parking lot. There was no call for a background check, and Stewart received the rifle hours after purchase.

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April 6, 2016

According to the most recent global Career Builder survey, a single bad hire can cost companies more than $50,000.
 

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March 30, 2016

Demand for privacy and fair hiring practices prompted federal regulators to create guidelines for screening and background investigations, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Recruiting trends highlighted the many organizations coming under fire in the news for improper screening practices, and forecasted increased litigation for companies failing to comply with FCRA regulations in the future.

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