Understanding Reference Checks vs. Background Checks

A job applicant meets with a manager following her pre-employment screening.

A reference check and background check are used as part of the employee screening process and are equally crucial in comprehensive hiring policies.   The two are pretty different, though, and provide employers with unique information about a potential employee. Knowing the difference between a background check and reference check processes will allow you to…

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What’s the Difference Between State and Federal FCRA Laws?

Federal courtroom representing federal FCRA laws.

Background screenings are often complicated enough without even considering state and federal regulations around consumer protections as part of the hiring process. However, the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and FCRA laws are essential considerations as employers move through background screenings. Navigating federal laws is further complicated by state laws that may add to…

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Should Your Company Be Using This Popular Type of Background Check?

Overhead shot of employer using a laptop to search a job applicant's social media as part of a background check.

Human resource departments know that conducting background checks can be one of the most helpful aspects of the hiring process. While potential employees put their best foot forward in resumes, applications, and interviews, these portions only provide a limited scope of information about a candidate. Performing external reviews and finding extra data helps construct a…

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Should Your Industry Run Background Checks?

People interviewing for a job

An increasing number of employers are requiring job applicants to complete a background check before they can be hired. For many employers, the background check is the last step of the hiring process. Making sure that the applicant is qualified, and is who they claim to be, is important to a business for a variety…

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Consider the Fair Chance Act When Hiring for Your Business

It is estimated that 70 million Americans have a criminal record. Since they have a record, many of these offenders have limited options when it comes to employment. By considering the Fair Chance Act, employers can help those who have made mistakes in their past by integrating them into society. This increases the chance that…

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Should You Do Periodic Background Checks on Current Employees?

Businesses lose millions of dollars each year due to employees who have a negative change in their behavior. Most companies perform an employment background check before hiring an individual. At the time of hire, the employee’s record might be clean, but it could change as time goes on.  A background check at the time of…

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Federal Background Check Expectations and Disqualifiers

What is a Federal Background Check? A federal background check is more thorough than a standard employment check. It is designed to ensure that the hired person is reliable, trustworthy, and of good character. Federal and multi-state background checks are often used for federal positions, those that require a high-security clearance, are at a high…

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