The Importance of Background Screening In An Ever-Changing Climate

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In today’s society, the internet dominates and interferes with practically all aspects of life – including the hiring process. And with the ease and immediate availability of online information, or the convenience of visiting a local court or police department, many employers question the continued use of formal background screens in the hiring process. Some employers even abide by the notion that candidates and employees, alike, are less likely to apply for positions if they know that a background screen may disqualify them.

However, despite the growing number of resources available to the general public, background screening in our current, high-tech and internet-savvy climate is more important than ever before. These days, applicants are familiarizing themselves with screening processes and employer requirements very early on. In doing so, the number of applicants learning to manipulate employers and information to their benefit, is growing at an alarming rate, and is even contributing to the overall increase in document and information falsification. Such falsification and manipulation poses major risks to employers including, but not limited to:

  • Ruined reputations
  • Lack of workplace safety
    Violations of state/federal laws
  • Lack of job competence in employees
  • Costly lawsuits, legal issues and litigation
  • Higher employee turnover/lower retention rates
  • Occurrences of workplace theft
  • Company policy violations

Formal background screens performed by providers like A-Check Global, help to mitigate these risks by operating with teams consisting of and led by highly-skilled and rigorously-trained industry experts whose expertise is aimed at keeping employers safe and compliant at all times.

Additionally, background screens yield a wealth of information that spans far beyond what the general internet and local records may provide; including multi-jurisdictional records, accurate employment and education verifications that rely on more than just phone numbers, accurate address history, sex offender records, international records, motor vehicle records, professional license/certification verifications and various other types of information.

By conducting formal background screens with a provider, employers also typically have access to information, resources and expertise curated to ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws/ guidelines, and mitigate legal risks.

So, although times are changing and public information is seemingly more accessible, the use of background screens is still the most well-rounded, effective, time-efficient and compliant method for screening applicants and employees.

For more information on background screening, or to implement a screening process for your company, Contact  A-Check Global at 877-345-2021 today.

Are You Prepared? Changes to Form I-9 Coming This November

Are You Prepared? Changes to Form I-9 Coming This November

The Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification is a standard industry document for employers throughout the U.S. Used to verify an employee’s identity and employment authorization, this form is required of all employers and their employees by federal law. The current Form I-9 has been utilized since 2013 to determine identity and eligibility, but a recent announcement from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) noted that revisions are coming soon. Continue reading “Are You Prepared? Changes to Form I-9 Coming This November”

Product Spotlight: Electronic I-9 and E-Verify Services

The Electronic Form I-9 feature of RAPID I-9 simplifies and improves the efficiency of the Form I-9 process by removing paper-based document management responsibilities and intelligently eliminating room for error. Electronic I-9 offers a compliant, paperless electronic Form I-9 submission, confirmation and retrieval process, complete with E-Signature, secure supporting document upload and document management.

A-Check’s Electronic I-9 complies with all Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN) requirements, including:

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Drug Screening and Marijuana Legalization

Drug Screening and Marijuana Legalization

Should I continue to test my applicants for marijuana?

Across the nation marijuana laws are changing rapidly. Since California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, public perception of the drug for recreational and compassionate use has also been shifting quickly.
Since California’s legalization vote, voters and legislatures in twenty-two additional states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for compassionate use. Four of these states have also decriminalized marijuana for recreational use.
Questions concerning the efficacy of marijuana for medical purposes, or the economic impact of legalizing the drug for recreational purposes could be raised in regards to legalization, but in the world of human resources and talent acquisition only one question really matters: Should I continue to test my applicants for marijuana?

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