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Staffing Companies Beware: Improper Use Of Background Checks Could Get You Sued

Facebook Twitter Linkedin Original Post: 3-15-16 Updated Post: 4-29-16 Updated Post: 7-18-16 Updated Post: 10-23-16 Updated Post: 4-4-17 In April 2015, the staffing industry and others were rocked by the news that retail giant Amazon had been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit. The class action was brought against the company under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). […]

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What the DOL Fiduciary Rule Means For Employers

Most employers imagine that the Department of Labor (DOL)’s fiduciary rule only applies to financial advisers and brokers. To some extent this is true. The fiduciary rule is mainly intended to streamline the operations of brokers and Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs). However, since employers normally contract brokers and RIAs to act as advisers for 401(k) […]

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Don’t Waste Your Time With Instant Criminal Record Databases (Unless You’re Looking To Get Sued)

Many people are seduced by the idea of instant criminal record databases. This is because they seem to offer the ultimate background checks dream i.e. quick results, with no inconvenience, and at minimal or no costs at all. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy such benefits? Nobody, right? Unfortunately, these apparent benefits are mere illusions. Instant […]

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How To Prepare Your Job Applicants For Their Background Checks

A typical job applicant is totally unprepared for background checks. At some level, they know that checks will be carried out during the recruitment process. However, they don’t make any preparations for them. This is because most of applicants don’t realize that they need to prepare for background checks. Applicants often think that they only […]

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Do You Have A Pre-Employment Background Check Process In Place?

If Not, Read This Carefully Before You Conduct Your Next Background Check, Else You Could Set Yourself Up For A Lawsuit Pre-employment background checks are now a standard part of the hiring process. Almost every organization carries them out. Unfortunately, not all organizations have a specific background check process in place. Most organizations simply conduct […]

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What Are 5 Things Applicants Attempt To Hide In A Run Up To Background Checks?

There are six words which most job applicants absolutely dread. These words are “subject to passing a background check.” For many applicants, this seemingly innocent phrase feels like a declaration that they won’t get hired. This is true especially for applicants who have a few kinks in their background. Most applicants think that the slightest […]

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US Employment Projections From Now To 2024 – Key Trends For The Staffing Industry

In December 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) published a report called “Industry Employment and Output Projections to 2024.” This report is a must-read for every professional in the staffing industry. It is essential for understanding the key hiring trends which will unfold within the next decade (or, to be exact, the next […]

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7 Key Questions Which Staffing Industry Clients Fail To Ask Background Screening Companies

No organization intentionally contracts the wrong background screening company. Unfortunately, many do. And when this happens, they end up in complicated situations. Some get sued over sloppily conducted background checks – and pay millions in settlements. Others end up hiring the wrong people – and have to repeat the whole recruitment process. Some actually get […]

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EEOC Background Checks Guidelines For Staffing & Other Industries

Over the last few years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been cracking the whip on employers over the use of criminal background checks during hiring. The agency’s enforcement efforts were kicked off in 2012 when it published its controversial Enforcement Guidance on Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment ( Since then, […]