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Small Businesses and Background Checks, Part 1

This is the first in a series of blogs devoted to small businesses interested in background checks.
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New Business Relationship? Don’t forget a Background Investigation

As you’re establishing a new business, your hands are probably full with all the activity that’s involved with getting it off the ground. But here’s another thing you should seriously consider: conducting a background check on the individuals who are part of your new venture. Not just your potential employees, but also the vendors with whom you work and other companies and individuals representing your company as part of your extended workforce.
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Are All Background Checks the Same?

It’s a question that a lot of people have: employers, job candidates, volunteers. Are all background checks the same? The short and sweet answer to this question is no.
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Employers: Check Those References

Is checking references a good thing to do or is it a waste of time? Both sides have reasonable points that can be made. Those against say that references are only people who are friends or will give a good recommendation. Those for doing so believe that checking references is a critical part of an effective hiring process, because you can find out a lot about a potential employee through the things their references say about them.
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Background Screening Turnaround: Tips for Speedy Results

Human Resources professionals are well aware that when a hiring decision has been made, getting the candidate into place quickly is a top priority. Having to wait for background screening results is not part of the plan.
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Pre-Employment Background Checks: Error Prone?

On December 15, 2012, The Plain Dealer ran an article titled “Errors in background checks cost job seekers.” The original subject of the story interviewed for a job, believed he would be hired after his background check was complete, then received a letter from the background screening company that a report came back that he was a convicted pedophile. The man spent a year correcting this erroneous information, and is currently preparing to sue the company that performed the background check. He did not land the job.
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In Background Screening, Accuracy is Everything

Accuracy is the key in the background screening industry. Unfortunately, it appears as though a lot of background screening firms have overlooked this in their hurry to turn data around and reduce costs. But background screening companies need to take note that reporting information without verifying accuracy is not just good enough.
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Attention Background Screening Companies: It’s Time to Take a Hard Look at the Accuracy of Your Screening Reports

Background screening companies take note: the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is watching and taking action.
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Selecting a Reputable Background Screening Company

There have been many recent articles about employee background check companies that do a shoddy job. Many people think starting a background check company is an easy way to make money, and it’s not difficult to set up shop – with a computer and access to records, anyone thinks they can do a background check. As a result, there are a lot of companies that offer cheap background checks, but the question that customers need ask is, how reputable is that company?
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How Much Does a Background Check Company Charge?

When I say the words “background check” what do you think of? I imagine most people just think a background check is simply a criminal record check or possibly a verification of past employment. That’s true, but there’s a lot more to it.
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7 Factors That May Indicate Your Healthcare Background Check Process Isn’t Compliant

Background check compliance is highly important, in large part because of the penalties organizations can incur for noncompliance. Conducting background checks that aren’t compliant can have a range of neg...

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5 Reasons to Conduct a SSN Trace Report

Since they were first created in 1936, more than 450 million social security numbers (SSNs) have been issued to US citizen...

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Education Verification: How to Identify Diploma Mills on a Resume

It is no secret that education is critically important in a wide range of careers. Some roles require a bachelor’s degree or some kind of vocational certificate, and other careers, such as those in healthc...

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