Three Reasons You Should Be Using an NAPBS-accredited Background Screening Firm

Nearly two months into 2016, and the year is already shaping up to be transformative for the background screening industry. Here’s some trends we’ll be keeping an eye on:

It’s imperative that employers keep up with the changes, and potential changes, in the screening industry. As we’ve reported all too often on ActiveCare, even a small error can lead to a costly lawsuit settlement. Check out these big names who have found themselves facing serious legal sanctions:

The thing is, most employers can’t possibly keep up with the intricacies of the screening industry, much less the behind the scenes action that will dictate future protocols. Even Human Resources professionals don’t have the time to invest in making sure their company is following proper background check procedures.

What does this mean? Your company is probably already at risk of breaking the law when conducting background checks, and it’s only going to get worse if you don’t partner with someone who knows what they’re doing.

That’s where we come in.

Active Screening has earned a prestigious accreditation from the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, or NAPBS for short. Dubbed ‘The Voice of Screening Professionals,’ NAPBS is a professional organization made up background screening agencies and service providers who work on a variety of issues important to the industry:

• Adhere to compliance laws like Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

• Promote ethical business practices

• Better awareness of consumer protection and privacy rights

• Grow screening practices internationally

• Provide educational tools

Accreditation isn’t easy to come by. It has to be earned, proven, and maintained. In order to pass accreditation standards and procedures, Active Screening had to operate at an exceptional level in all avenues of its practices and showcase this ability to the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC). Active Screening had to demonstrate compliance at every level of its operations through desk and on site audits by an independent auditor.

When you work with an NAPBS-accredited screening firm like Active Screening, you are working with the best Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) in the country. And, you get access to specific benefits that ONLY accredited CRAs can provide. Here’s three reasons you should be using an NAPBS-accredited screening company:

Compliance: When you work with an NAPBS-accredited screening firm like Active Screening, you can be assured that the letter of the law is being followed during every step of the screening process. Accredited firms are not merely knowledgeable about important hiring compliance procedures like Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), consumer privacy policies and Adverse Action, they have passed a series of external and internal audits that demonstrate consistent excellence in handling compliance procedures.

FACT: Only 10% of Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRA) in the US have been able to obtain Accreditation. Active Screening is one of that 10%.

Privacy: Protecting your Personal Identifying Information (PII), and the PII of your employees, candidates and volunteers, is important. You can have the latest and greatest technologies in data storage and encryption, but if you haven’t properly vetted, trained and educated your employees, nor have you implemented a standard operating procedure when it comes to handling PII, then it’s all for naught. With an accredited screening company, you are assured of its commitment to, and excellence in, protecting your sensitive information.

Accuracy: Active Screening is proud to promote our 97% customer retention rate. That wouldn’t happen if we didn’t provide an accurate, easy-to-use and affordable service. Investigating employees, volunteers, interns, coaches, and pastors is not simply a job for us – we know that we are your baseline defense to keep bad hires out of your company. If you’d like to read what our clients have to say about us, click here.

So what’s the bottom line, here? It will be critical that you choose to partner with an NAPBS-accredited firm in 2016 for your background screening needs. These companies are compliant, adept at protecting PII, and boast high customer retention rates due to their exceptional accuracy. You’ll definitely want to stay ahead of the employment attorneys and EEOC who will undoubtedly be on the hunt for background check law violations.

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Patricia Carlson is a content writer who specializes in B2C and B2B inbound marketing. She blogs regularly for clients about the background screening and finance industries, and generates newsletters, white papers and email campaigns for a variety of businesses. Patricia also produces a heavy rotation of editorial material for home design, law enforcement, and family magazines. She’s been writing professionally for more than a dozen years, and for Active Screening for more than two of those. Check out LinkedIn for a roster of Patricia's clients and links to published works. When she’s not interviewing sources or researching trends, she’s living a fast-paced Florida life questioning the antics of her two young children, partner and mischievous cat. Patricia loves to talk tennis and TV on Twitter - give her a shout @pattycfreelance.
Active ScreeningBarbara S.
Healthcare Industry

"Here at Holland Hospital, we have been extremely pleased with Active Screening. The report results come back quickly, usually within 24 hours or less.  The staff at Active Screening is easy accessible, knowledgeable and responds to our questions promptly."

Active ScreeningLynn C. Staffing Industry

"Benton Mobley has been and remains my Main point of contact at Active Screening from the beginning; so aside from the comfort of dealing with the same person all these years, there is the most important fact of all;  customer satisfaction. Benton knows the business like the back of his hand; and that is what we need in our fast paced industry of staffing. He is the all-time BEST!  MY employer, Leslie, believes in the notion that great service deserves to be rewarded, so we are here for the duration.We get immediate and personalized attention for any and all concerns we need addressed, and in the staffing industry, this is vital."

Active ScreeningCayce R. Education Industry

"My experience working with Active Screening for our background check process has been very positive.  The reports are almost always completed in a very timely fashion. The information reported appears to be very thorough and accurate.  On the rare occasions that we have questions or problems, the customer service team is always very quick to respond and resolve the issue.  Overall, I am very pleased with the service I receive from Active Screening."

Active ScreeningCraig H. Staffing Industry

"Your customer service is excellent.  The turn around time on background checks is quite fast.  Excellent work.  I haven't had a single problem."

Active ScreeningJackie C. Education Industry

"I wanted to thank you and your staff for being so patient and working so diligently with the Human Resources staff during our recent endeavor to process all of our work study students through background screenings.  We have never had to process so many requests within such a short period of time before, but thanks to you and your staff we made it. Again thank you, we made a good choice in selecting Active Screening."

Active ScreeningLindsey W.  Financial Industry

"I wanted to share my appreciation for your wonderful service...switching background screening companies could have been a stressful task, but your company made the transition seamless. Your website was extremely easy to navigate and the turn around time has been great. I appreciate when information is missing or entered incorrectly during ordering, your company notifies me right away to ensure that my error does not hold the reports results, causing us a delay in hiring an individual...Active Screening has been great to us and I would definitely refer them to others."

Active ScreeningTerry S. Property Management

"Working with Active Screening over the last year and half has been a wonderful experience. They deliver fast and informative results at the best price. Their level of professionalism and the speed they respond to our issues is a benefit that any company can value from. I would highly recommend using Active Screening and their amazing team."

Active ScreeningYulesis D.  Staffing Industry

“Interactive Response Technologies (IRT) has more than 2,000 employees at multiple locations across the United States. IRT has been using Active Screening to conduct criminal background checks since 2006. During this time, Active Screening has consistently returned accurate reports, usually with less than 48 hours turnaround. If there are any problems or inconsistencies with the reports, their staff has called to notify us so that we can attempt to rectify the situation. The staff at Active Screening is always courteous and congenial over the phone. In our opinion, Active Screening is outstanding.”

Active ScreeningAndy N. Software Provider

 "Active Screening has helped us screen our applicants in record time for more than two years.... we are very impressed with the professionalism and speed with which their service team responds to our questions. They understand our needs and are a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend them."

Active ScreeningCassie J. Staffing Industry

"The Active Screening team is very informative; they provided a complete consultation on all the services, so I understood what I needed, and saved me hours and hours of my time learning the various services. Their reputation, as being on the cutting edge of employment screening best practices, certainly held true in this instance. The expertise they brought to the table was invaluable to our understanding of our applicants backgrounds. I highly recommend Active Screening to anyone with the task of screening large numbers of applicants and needing reliable customer support."

Active Screening

With over 20 years of law enforcement experience I can attest to the fact that the strongest predictor of future criminal behavior is a person’s criminal history. As the manager of campus safety at my church, I depend on Active Screening to provide a thorough assessment of every criminal history background check we request. For more than 3 years, Active Screening has been faithful to this task with timely, accurate and reliable service.

Active Screening

We have benefited from knowing that we are not exposing the communities we work with or ourselves to unnecessary risk. We continue to have a perfect record in that we have never had a serious incident with a trip participant causing harm or acting inappropriately with any community member or fellow team member- thank goodness!

Active Screening

I would highly recommend any association or organization who conducts background checks to use Active Screening. In addition to my involvement with WAHA, I am an officer in a corporation with over 500 employees who provide treatment, mental health, and correctional services for children and adolescents. Our company is mandated by law to do comprehensive background searches and I can say with the utmost sincerity that Active Screening product rivals that of any government or other private sector process.

Active Screening

We have used Active Screening and their solution VERITY to screen all our coaches and volunteers working with youth. The online system gives us an easy and cost-effective solution to collecting forms and payments from our applicants...and we simply login to view the results of who passed or failed. It's so easy....thank you Active Screening.