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An uptick in Hiring, Importance of Background Screening

An uptick in Hiring, Importance of Background Screening
-KG April 9, 2015
Although some states have changed their laws around medical and recreational marijuana use, more than half of 3,119 HR professionals surveyed said their organizations do not accommodate marijuana use in the workplace or plan to do so in the next year. That is among the findings of HR 2015 Employee Background Screening Benchmark Report, conducted in October and November 2014 with HR professionals responsible for employment screening and recruiting. “This is going to be one of the hottest topics of the year in terms of background screening: drug screening,” said Rachel Trindade, vice president of marketing at HR, a provider of employment background checks, drug and health screenings, and Form I-9 employment verification. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized the possession of marijuana for medical use, and four states and the District of Columbia have legalized possession of small amounts of…
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4 Significant Risks Your Company Takes When Background Check Are Not a Part of Your Hiring Process

4 Significant Risks Your Company Takes When Background Check Are Not a Part of Your Hiring Process Talent acquisition and talent management both require a huge investment of time and resources, so it makes sense to do your due diligence before bringing a new hire on board. First and foremost? Make sure that the person is exactly who they are claiming to be. This includes confirming what’s stated on résumés—from education to work experience to certifications and awards—as well as verifying the criminal history of the individual. Doing so will reveal any red flags that could potentially affect trust, safety, and your company’s bottom line. But if you don’t confirm how a person is representing themselves, and make a poorly-informed hiring decision as a result, it could be incredibly costly to your company—in more ways than one. According to Fast Company, one-quarter of companies surveyed estimated that a bad hire cost them at least $50,000 in the past year. A bad hire results in lost time …

Why Drug Testing is Important?

Why Drug Testing Is Important September 28, 2015
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Although many aspects of society are harmed by illicit drug use and abuse, it is especially detrimental in the workplace. Not only can it lower the productivity and revenue of a business, but it can also place employees at risk. In fact, depending on the line of work, the drug abuse of an employee could have fatal consequences. Luckily, employers these days are able to test for illicit drug use and implement strategies to pursue drug-free workplaces. Today we’re discussing why drug testing is important and how to employ it effectively. Why Drug Testing Is Important Safety. Drug use can impair a person’s judgment and increase safety risks. This is especially concerning in certain industries, such as construction, in which using drugs or alcohol at work could cause an injury or even a fatality. As employee drug abuse causes as much as 50% of all on-the-job accidents (source), this is not a matter to be taken lightly. Plus, drug testing c…

The Importance of Background Checks for Companies

The Importance of Background Checks for Companies BY SAMANTHA ACUNA - on March 14, 2018







In order to protect the company from various potential risks, a background check is considered an imperative pre-employment screening step before making a hiring decision. Most of the times, companies assume that the applicants are telling the truth on their resumes. Most of the times, applicants are honest but there are few areas where they can hide the truth from you. To ensure that your company is hiring the right person, a background check needs to take place. What is a Background Check? It is a comprehensive review of a person or any other organization’s commercial records, financial records and most important of all, criminal records. A background check can include education, employment, credit history, criminal records, license record, etc. There are various background check services providers that can get you all the information on your current or future employees. Why Your Company Needs Backgro…

The Importance of Background Screening for Staffing Firms

The Importance of Background Screening for Staffing Firms MARY LORENZ
According to a 2017 CB study, 74 percent of employers have hired the wrong person, and 33 percent blame the fact that the employee lied about his or her qualifications. For staffing firms, these findings underscore the need to dig deeper when vetting candidates for placement and conduct thorough background checks before sending them out on assignments.
If you’re familiar with background check services, you know that conducting them can help minimize hiring mistakes, keep the workplace safe and keep employers compliant. While background checks can be extensive -- employment verification, criminal background checks, drug screenings, credit reports, Form I-9 and E-Verify are just a few of the services that may be involved -- they are a worthwhile service to provide. As a staffing firm, you have an obligation to the clients who trust you with their recruiting needs. Conducting comprehensive employment background checks help…
Employment Background Checks May Sharpen Your Recruitment Efforts 08/14/2018
Employment background checks were once considered a luxury among small business owners — a practice worth pursuing, but not essential to the recruiting and hiring process. In today's heated battle for talent, pre-employment background checks have taken on a new urgency.
Background checks offer clear benefits to employers, which may include:
Hiring high-caliber candidates.
Seeing reduced employee turnover (along with related expenses).
Limiting exposure to claims of negligent hiring practices.
"A thorough background check helps employers find quality talent, while flagging issues that could cost the company money or their reputation," notes Catherine Aldrich, vice president of operations, a leading provider of background screening services. "Landing top talent quickly is critical in a competitive job market, but it is just as important to ensure that these individuals aren't introducing risk to…
Workplace Violence: It Can Happen  Anywhere HUMAN RESOURCES ARTICLE 08/04/2016

Varying degrees of workplace violence can happen anywhere and at any time. According to OSHA, nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year, yet many more cases go unreported. While there’s no standard or regulation applicable to workplace violence, OSHA does have a General Duty Clause that it enforces, which states among other things that each employer “shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.” While workplace violence may happen anywhere at any time, it may also be instigated by anyone. Violent behaviors may come from a white-collar employee, a blue-collar worker, or a third party–such as customers or an employee's partner. What are some common factors or warning signs to be on the lookout for in the w…