Employee Background Checks

New Background Check Laws for 2019

Several jurisdictions have enacted new or modified existing background check laws. Some of these regulations are listed below. We recommend a review of the current law in your locale to ensure compliance.

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California
California Background Check Laws

California has two state laws with which employers must comply…

New Laws Prohibit Asking Applicants About Previous Salary

In an effort to promote pay equality, several jurisdictions have enacted ordinances restricting the information an employer can obtain regarding the candidate’s salary history. Some HR professionals use salary to determine how likely the candidate is to accept the offer and other times to determine how much to offer, which candidates say put them at a serious disadvantage. This is…

Should You Check Your Applicant’s Financial Background and Salary History?

In today’ s competitive world, hiring smart means doing a complete background check on a prospective employee before employing them, but be aware of what background check reports you can legally use. Specifically, financial background and salary history reports are becoming more regulated, so make sure to exercise caution before using these reports.

When should you use a financial background check?

Although…

Background Check Legal Updates Starting July 1, 2017 in California

There are several new regulations that are to take place in just one week, so we wanted to give you the heads up so you can adjust your policies if needed to reduce your risk of a lawsuit. This applies to public AND private employers with more than 5 employees.

You can view the full text of the California Department of…

5 Practices for Assessing Your Employment Screening

Before making a hiring decision, most organizations seek more information on the candidate’s criminal history, credit worthiness, and general background. Employee background checks have become a must have, as they have a definite impact on the success of recruiting efforts. This information is not only helpful in assessing workplace risks and liabilities, but also to assist employers identify those candidates…

Time To Update Your Background Check Practices, Know Why?

Conducting an employee background check is no longer considered as an option anymore. In today’s world where it’s pretty easy to manipulate data and forge information, a thorough investigation of the candidate’s past is a necessary precaution.
As a responsible employer, it’s imperative that you conduct a background verification check – whether it’s running a simple search on the education and/or…

Employment Background Check State Laws and Regulations

Employee background checks help companies uncover facts about a potential hire and ensure that a candidate does not have issues lurking in their past that could cause any harm to the business or create a safety hazard for the other employees. As an employer, it’s your responsibility to exercise reasonable caution and due diligence to hire the right candidates and create…

Background Screening Steps that Can Lower the Risk of Bad Hire

Never judge a candidate by their resume. Going deeper than what you see in a candidate’s resume is becoming more and more crucial as the competition in the job market gets fiercer. Candidates resort to practices such as embellishing or misrepresenting facts in order to appear attractive to recruiters. Some trained recruiters might spot such details, but many of these…

What Are the Qualities of A Good Employee?

While you look for the most ideal employees to join your existing workforce, the more you know about the applicant the better your ability to make an informed decision. But when it comes to the basic character of an individual, things get tricky. There is no way you can judge a candidate within 2 rounds of interviews. This is exactly…

Annual Background Checks Help Create a Safe Workplace

You are excited to welcome your new employee into your company with open arms; because you have shown your due diligence by conducting a background search, you are confident that he/she has the required qualifications and that they will not present a threat to your company. In today’s ever-changing world, however, more and more companies are conducting post-hire screenings in…