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Most Common Misconceptions in the Screening Process

Most Common Misconceptions in the Screening Process

Background screening employees and volunteers is the most effective tool at keeping your workplace safe, yet many companies - even billion dollar behemoths - make major mistakes when implementing background check procedures. In a perfect world this important hiring...

Can Businesses Conduct Background Checks on Independent Contractors?

Can Businesses Conduct Background Checks on Independent Contractors?

Conducting background checks on full-time and part-time employees is standard hiring procedure for millions of employers, but questions still linger over whether businesses can screen independent contractors, freelancers and vendors. Let’s tackle some of the existing...

Can You Dispute a Background Check?

Can You Dispute a Background Check?

It’s critical that you request to view your background check results, because if the information is inaccurate, you can dispute your background check report. Mind blown?? Good. That’s what we were hoping for. We can’t tell you how many times we hear from job...

Tennessee’s Backlog of Expunged Records a Warning

Thousands of Tennesseans are finding out their expunged records were never sealed and are showing up on employment background checks. Here's what do if this happens to you.  Imagine applying for a job, consenting to a background check, and then being shocked to...

Avoid FCRA Trouble with these Social Media Screening Tips

Using social media as a screening tool sometimes seems too good to be true. And, if you don’t follow the law, it can be. This law firm reports that there is “nothing inherently unlawful” about social media snooping. But if, as an employer/boss/hiring...

Volunteer Background Checks: Even Political Campaigns Do Them

The importance of volunteer background checks for people who work with children or who have access to Personally Identifying Information (PII) or money can’t be overstated. Background checks are proven to be the number one tool at preventing crime or workplace...

Update – Airports Beef Up Background Checks on Workers

Many airports are beefing up background checks on workers in response to concerns about potential terror threats at our nations airports. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta has just announced that it will re-screen workers every two years to comply...

Can You Background Check Your Tax Preparer?

Considering you - the taxpayer - are solely responsible for following tax law, you might want to seriously consider doing a background check on your tax preparer. Once you sign your 1040, your tax preparer is off the hook for any mistakes. The Internal Revenue Service...

Beware of Bad Background Check Disclosure Forms

We’ve spent a great deal of Q4 and Q1 focusing on the enormous amount of class action lawsuits stemming from violations of background check law. We can’t stress this enough: If you’re not paying close attention to your internal background check procedures, or to the...