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Top 10 Background Screening Predictions 2021

Hire Image’s Top Ten Background Screening Predictions for 2021

1. Background Screening Challenges Continue as a Result of COVID-19 Various government, business, and education closures have been a necessary, but concerning, effect of the pandemic. These closures have had broad implications across many different industries, including background screening. And there is little doubt these implications will continue into 2021. Court closures remain in jurisdictions …

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The EEOC is Cracking Down on Employers with Pre-Employment Physical Ability Tests

The EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) focuses, in part, on eliminating class-based recruitment and hiring practices that discriminate against racial, ethnic and religious groups, older workers, women, and people with disabilities. Since issuing the SEP, the agency has filed lawsuits against employers to ensure that there is a level playing field for women and individuals …

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Long-Awaited Decision in California Clarifies Interpretation of Two State Statutes Affecting Background Screeners

On August 20, 2018, the Supreme Court of California held that the state’s Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (“ICRAA”) was not unconstitutionally vague as applied to employer background checks, despite some overlap with another state statute, the Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (“CCRAA”).  In Connor v. First Student, Inc., a conflict between two courts of appeal …

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6 Simple Steps for Ensuring Background Screening Compliance

Take even just a quick glance at the Hire Image newsfeed, and you won’t be able to miss the barrage of stories about employers with class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to newer and more restrictive state, county, or city-specific laws that impose additional responsibilities during the hiring process. …

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Background Screening: Best Practices for Written Communications in the HR Process

One often overlooked but critically important step in the recruitment and hiring process is proper written communication. From the interview to the offer, issues can arise from not doing what is required in a consistent, fair manner and “to the letter of the law.” Improper or untimely communications can impact compliance with laws, rules and …

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Healthcare Screening: Keeping Patients Safe and Your Organization Compliant

If your organization provides healthcare services, you already know that the nature of your business makes it inherently risky.  Whether we’re talking about a delicate medical procedure or billing for services rendered, danger exists. If you employ or contract with the wrong people the consequences could be costly.  A comprehensive healthcare-enhanced background screening program will …

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Top 10 Background Screening Predictions for 2016

When it comes to background screening, drug testing and employment verification, human resource professionals and employment attorneys must keep pace with ever-changing rules, regulations, laws and more. What are the trends facing the industry for 2016, and what will have the greatest impact on the practice of human resources and employment law? Here are Hire …

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Drug Screening Policies: How to keep your company out of trouble

Can a drug screening policy keep a company out of legal hot water? What should be included in such a policy in order to ensure a company – and its employees – are protected from lawsuits or harm? All human resource policies are created to protect employees and companies from unsafe and discriminatory actions, and …

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Hire Image Guide to Getting Your Drug Testing Program Off to the Right Start

If you’ve been contemplating whether a drug screening program is the right choice for your company, the results of a recent study by Quest Diagnostics may help in your decision making process. Analysis of the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index (DTI) revealed that the percentage of American workers testing positive for drugs such as marijuana, …

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What Constitutes a Thorough Criminal Background Check?

Contrary to popular belief, there are no foolproof background searches or “national database” searches that cover the entire country. As a matter of fact, many states don’t submit criminal records to national databases, and many that do submit information only provide incarceration records. With the absence of a true national criminal database, the best option …

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