Background Screening Resources

Sometimes it’s fun to sit back and read about why background screening is so awesome! Or maybe you just need some forms, reference guides or industry links all in one place. Well guess what we have for you?

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The Future of Background Screening

The Future of Background Screening

Background screening has been in and out of the spotlight since becoming commonplace decades ago,...

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2016: A Year of Thanks @ChoiceScreening

2016: A Year of Thanks @ChoiceScreening

Do you find yourself enjoying the crisp chill in the air daydreaming about background checks…

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Talk to a Human: Background Screening @ChoiceScreening

Talk to a Human: Background Screening @ChoiceScreening

In early 2016, we launched our new website – same address (choicescreening.com), totally different...

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Choice Screening News: Going Green in 2016

Choice Screening News: Going Green in 2016

Last year, we were tasked with making notable green changes… and we’re in full swing now! Choice...

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Bobbing for Bad Apples – Apple rescinds policy not to hire felons

Bobbing for Bad Apples – Apple rescinds policy not to hire felons

In April 2015, Apple found the bad apple in the bucket and didn’t like the taste. The corporation...

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NY City Law Impacts Criminal Records & Credit Reports for Hiring

NY City Law Impacts Criminal Records & Credit Reports for Hiring

Are you a New York City employer? If so, you have some important updates for your hiring...

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4th Circuit Decision in EEOC v. Freeman Background Screening Lawsuit

4th Circuit Decision in EEOC v. Freeman Background Screening Lawsuit

In February 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a summary judgment ruling...

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Why NY let 8% of Pre-K Employees Go after Background Screening

Why NY let 8% of Pre-K Employees Go after Background Screening

Running a background screen on current employees is just as valuable as running them on new hires....

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Ban-The-Box: and New Jersey Makes 13 (…plus 60 some odd cities)

Ban-The-Box: and New Jersey Makes 13 (…plus 60 some odd cities)

Ban-The-Box is a growing trend with no signs of stopping.  There are similarities among the...

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Urban Legends of Background Screening

Urban Legends of Background Screening

The girls looked on, eyes wide in horror as their friend walked to the mirror.

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An Employer’s Guide to Arrest Records and Conviction Records

An Employer’s Guide to Arrest Records and Conviction Records

Employers, Are You Up To Date on Current Background Screening Laws?

Employers, Are You Up To Date on Current Background Screening Laws?

The National Sex Offender Search, an Instrumental Safeguard

The National Sex Offender Search, an Instrumental Safeguard

If you are not already running The National Sex Offender Search, you should start.   It is our...

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Why Professional License Verification is Essential for a Comprehensive Background Check

Why Professional License Verification is Essential for a Comprehensive Background Check

Whenever a license impacts employment, Professional License Verifications are an essential part of...

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Regulations, Acts and Agencies: Background Screening Glossary Essentials

Regulations, Acts and Agencies: Background Screening Glossary Essentials

Looking for an essential list of background screening terminology that will help keep you compliant?

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The Future of Background Screening

The Future of Background Screening

Background screening has been in and out of the spotlight since becoming commonplace decades ago,...

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How to use a Professional Reference Check in the Hiring Process

How to use a Professional Reference Check in the Hiring Process

Why spend time on calling a professional reference when hiring a new employee?

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Drug Testing: Background Screening Glossary Essentials

Drug Testing: Background Screening Glossary Essentials

In the past several years, drug screening has become increasingly complex.

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Why Social Security Number is Important in Background Screening

Why Social Security Number is Important in Background Screening

Here’s a confusing one: SSN is one of the least common identifiers found during research, such as...

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2016: A Year of Thanks @ChoiceScreening

2016: A Year of Thanks @ChoiceScreening

Do you find yourself enjoying the crisp chill in the air daydreaming about background checks…

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Criminal & Civil: Background Screening Glossary Essentials

Criminal & Civil: Background Screening Glossary Essentials

Do you need definitions for criminal record background checks and civil background searches all in...

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What is an "Employment Eligibility" Verification?

Employers use Employment Eligibility Verification to confirm the identity of a new employee and...

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The Employer’s Obligations under the FCRA

The Employer’s Obligations under the FCRA

An employer’s obligations under the FCRA carry many responsibilities from which a business may...

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Background Screening Glossary Essentials: Form I-9 & E-Verify

Background Screening Glossary Essentials: Form I-9 & E-Verify

You have a couple options to get a list of definitions for Form I9 and E-Verify…

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Dear HR Generalist: We need to talk about your background checks

Dear HR Generalist: We need to talk about your background checks

HR is central to such much of a business' success. Your background checks fit in there too...

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The Employer’s Choice: Screening Your Employees Online

The Employer’s Choice: Screening Your Employees Online

Employers have a choice of who to hire and who not to hire. They also have a choice in how their...

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Background Screening Glossary: Essentials

Background Screening Glossary: Essentials

There is a trick to background screening: know the essentials!

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Comprehensive Background Checks: The National Wants & Warrants Search

Comprehensive Background Checks: The National Wants & Warrants Search

The Wants and Warrants Search uncovers information that may not be included in regular criminal...

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What is OIG?

What is OIG?

The Office of the Inspector General, or OIG, is essential for healthcare employers.

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Tenant Screening: Taking Adverse Action

Tenant Screening: Taking Adverse Action

When something unfavorable is returned on your tenant’s background report, what do you do?

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The Most “Stolen” SSN of All Time

The Most “Stolen” SSN of All Time

SSN Verification is a fundamental service in the comprehensive background screen.

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White Collar Crime and the Federal Criminal Search

White Collar Crime and the Federal Criminal Search

Bankruptcy. Fraud. Insider trading. What could be lurking in your employee’s past?

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What is the Difference between a Background Check and E-Verify?

What is the Difference between a Background Check and E-Verify?

The difference between a background check and E-Verify is based on the purpose of each and...

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Criminal Record Definitions for Background Checks

Criminal Record Definitions for Background Checks

What is a common mistake employers make when using criminal record background checks?

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Colorado eliminates supplement to Form I-9

Colorado eliminates supplement to Form I-9

On August 10, 2016, Colorado employers will have one less requirement when hiring new employees –...

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Address History in background checks [INFOGRAPHIC]

Address History in background checks [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why run an Address History background check? 

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Talk to a Human: Background Screening @ChoiceScreening

Talk to a Human: Background Screening @ChoiceScreening

In early 2016, we launched our new website – same address (choicescreening.com), totally different...

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What is a comprehensive background check?

What is a comprehensive background check?

A comprehensive background check provides complete and accurate information about an applicant,...

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What is the point of a consent form?

What is the point of a consent form?

Have you ever asked yourself, “What is the point of a consent form?”

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Names: You could say they impact the entire background check

Names: You could say they impact the entire background check

Who would have thought there’s so much to write about your applicant’s (or employee’s) name and...

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How to Dispute a Background Check [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Dispute a Background Check [INFOGRAPHIC]

When your applicant tells you something is wrong on their background report, what should you do?

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What is the Impact of Drugs and Alcohol at Work?

What is the Impact of Drugs and Alcohol at Work?

Employers who implement and enforce a Drug-Free Workplace Policy will statistically see increased...

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How Long Does a Background Check Take?

How Long Does a Background Check Take?

As an employer, waiting on the results of a background check can test your patience. Certain...

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How to Get Better, Faster Background Check Results!

How to Get Better, Faster Background Check Results!

This job market is crazy competitive! The best, most qualified applicants are easy to lose if you...

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Background Screening for Online Retailers

Background Screening for Online Retailers

Does the online, eCommerce movement mean the end of retail jobs?

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7 Impactful (and Common) Background Screening Oversights

7 Impactful (and Common) Background Screening Oversights

When running a background check, it may be surprising what has great impact on the results of your...

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What goes into a Compliant Background Screen?

What goes into a Compliant Background Screen?

Background screening compliance is a hot topic as of late – mostly because of the continued...

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Adverse Action Letters: Background Screening Compliance Series

Adverse Action Letters: Background Screening Compliance Series

Whenever an employer uses a background check to make a decision that is not in favor of the...

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The Consent Form: Background Screening Compliance Series

The Consent Form: Background Screening Compliance Series

Background screening compliance starts with the Consent Form. Ignoring this important requirement...

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Choice Screening News: Going Green in 2016

Choice Screening News: Going Green in 2016

Last year, we were tasked with making notable green changes… and we’re in full swing now! Choice...

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Background Screening is like a Cheeseburger

Background Screening is like a Cheeseburger

I once heard a meteorologist describe our atmosphere like a cheeseburger – the bread, the toppings...

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Back to the Future Background Checks

Back to the Future Background Checks

October 21, 2015. The day we’ve all been waiting for – when Marty and Doc Brown arrive in our...

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Bobbing for Bad Apples – Apple rescinds policy not to hire felons

Bobbing for Bad Apples – Apple rescinds policy not to hire felons

In April 2015, Apple found the bad apple in the bucket and didn’t like the taste. The corporation...

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Seasonal Hiring for Retail: Why Background Screening is Important

Seasonal Hiring for Retail: Why Background Screening is Important

The most common type of retail theft is, arguably, also the most avoidable – internal. I could...

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Avoid Being Duped by a Fake Degree: Insight into Diploma Mills

Avoid Being Duped by a Fake Degree: Insight into Diploma Mills

I was driving home the a while back, waiting to turn left at an obscenely long light. Suddenly,...

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NY City Law Impacts Criminal Records & Credit Reports for Hiring

NY City Law Impacts Criminal Records & Credit Reports for Hiring

Are you a New York City employer? If so, you have some important updates for your hiring...

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4th Circuit Decision in EEOC v. Freeman Background Screening Lawsuit

4th Circuit Decision in EEOC v. Freeman Background Screening Lawsuit

In February 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a summary judgment ruling...

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How to Find Amazing Employment Background Screening Companies & Select the Right Services

How to Find Amazing Employment Background Screening Companies & Select the Right Services

Employee background checks play an important role in the hiring process. It’s important to partner...

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Why Property Managers Should Background Screen Employees

Why Property Managers Should Background Screen Employees

A property manager and landlord’s responsibility is threefold: protect the tenant, protect the...

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Current Address: A HUGE Impact on your Background Screening Results

Current Address: A HUGE Impact on your Background Screening Results

Have you ever wondered why Choice Screening asks for your applicant’s current address if you’re...

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Background Screening Myth: SSN’s and Criminal Records

Background Screening Myth: SSN’s and Criminal Records

Do you know one of the most common misconceptions about criminal record identifiers?

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Social Media Recruiting & Background Screening: A Warning

Social Media Recruiting & Background Screening: A Warning

Using Social Media, such as LinkedIn to find, recruit and review applicants may seem like a good...

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Healthcare Staffing: Develop an Effective Background Check Program

Healthcare Staffing: Develop an Effective Background Check Program

Healthcare Staffing Agencies keep the heartbeat of a hospital, facility and doctor’s office...

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The Consent Form: What is the Cost of Non-Compliance?

The Consent Form: What is the Cost of Non-Compliance?

Publix settled for $6.8 Million - is this the cost of one non-compliant sentence in their...

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Seasonal Background Screening: Who Did You Hire?

Seasonal Background Screening: Who Did You Hire?

For those of us who hire seasonal employees, we're getting into one of two modes at the office: (1)...

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How to Manage Background Checks for Mass Hiring

How to Manage Background Checks for Mass Hiring

Hiring surges and rapid expansion is a daunting process considering everything that has to fall...

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5 Tips: Better Background Screen Results

5 Tips: Better Background Screen Results

As an end user, you have a lot of impact when it comes to getting a background screen request off...

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Why NY let 8% of Pre-K Employees Go after Background Screening

Why NY let 8% of Pre-K Employees Go after Background Screening

Running a background screen on current employees is just as valuable as running them on new hires....

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Names: a HUGE impact on your background screen results!

Names: a HUGE impact on your background screen results!

Have you ever submitted a background request and noticed a typo afterward?  What did you do?  Do...

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Ban-The-Box: and New Jersey Makes 13 (…plus 60 some odd cities)

Ban-The-Box: and New Jersey Makes 13 (…plus 60 some odd cities)

Ban-The-Box is a growing trend with no signs of stopping.  There are similarities among the...

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How To Deal with a Dispute

How To Deal with a Dispute

Your applicant just told you something was incorrect on their report.  Is it true or are they just...

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Things you might not know about Form I-9 and E-Verify

Things you might not know about Form I-9 and E-Verify

While developing Choice Screening I-9 ComplyTM, we came across some interesting info that we...

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What is the difference between a SSN Trace & Employment Eligibility?

What is the difference between a SSN Trace & Employment Eligibility?

Remember thinking “How am I going to learn all this?!” when you got your first 600-page text book?...

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Beef Up Your Background Screening - Part III: Current Employees

Beef Up Your Background Screening - Part III: Current Employees

You’ve verified the applicant has a clean record, completed their education, is fully licensed,...

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Beef Up Your Background Screening - Part II: Resume Verifications

Beef Up Your Background Screening - Part II: Resume Verifications

It’s important to review your current background screening program at regular intervals, focusing...

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Beef Up Your Background Screening - Part I: Criminal

Beef Up Your Background Screening - Part I: Criminal

What goes into a typical pre-employment background screen?  Criminal History, Verifications, and...

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A Complete Background Screening Program: The Re-Screen

A Complete Background Screening Program: The Re-Screen

A well-established program to background screen existing employees is important to any company.

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Making the Decision: My Candidate Has a Hit

Making the Decision: My Candidate Has a Hit

Blanket policies and Criminal History checkboxes result with more and more employers defending...

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Adverse Action Letters: Is it time to review your policy?

Adverse Action Letters: Is it time to review your policy?

ad-verse ac-tion \ad-'vers 'ak-shən\ verb: In terms of background checks, an action that denies an...

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5 Common background screening myths… plus one for good luck!

5 Common background screening myths… plus one for good luck!

Conducting a background check can sometimes seem like an intimidating process. However, employers...

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Why using a professional agency for pre-employment background screening is best practice

Why using a professional agency for pre-employment background screening is best practice

By investigating an applicant’s history during the pre-employment background screening process,...

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What are the key components of comprehensive criminal background checks for pre-employment screening?

What are the key components of comprehensive criminal background checks for pre-employment screening?

The goal of conducting background checks on job applicants is to investigate an applicant’s...

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The Candidate Experience: Keep high standards for background checks

The Candidate Experience: Keep high standards for background checks

Job candidates can be the prime vocal advocates or detractors of a company’s brand.

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Why is it important to run a social security number validation and address history validation on all applicants?

Why is it important to run a social security number validation and address history validation on all applicants?

Using a social security number validation is considered to be one of the most effective ways to...

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Best hiring practices: The important role of background screening

Best hiring practices: The important role of background screening

Performing background checks on employees should be an important aspect of any businesses hiring...

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Do comprehensive background checks avoid negligent hiring?

Do comprehensive background checks avoid negligent hiring?

One of the easiest and most effective ways a company can protect itself and its assets against...

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What is the best pre-employment screening process for staffing?

What is the best pre-employment screening process for staffing?

Pre-employment screening is one of the most important processes any staffing company can use to...

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What is included in criminal background checks for pre-employment screening?

What is included in criminal background checks for pre-employment screening?

Many employers as a rule will conduct pre-employment screenings on job applicants. Throughout this...

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Criminal Background Checks: Pre-Employment Screening in the Finance Industry

Criminal Background Checks: Pre-Employment Screening in the Finance Industry

Everyone involved in the financial services industry is keenly aware of the wide-ranging effects...

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What is included in a National Criminal Database search?

What is included in a National Criminal Database search?

A National Criminal Database Search helps to fill in the gaps in the employment screening process....

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Essential criminal background checks

Essential criminal background checks

A comprehensive criminal background check can range from the verification of an applicant’s social...

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Background Screening Glossary of Terms

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Form I-9 Internal Self Audit Guide Download

Form I-9 Internal Self Audit Guide

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Professional Background Screening Guide

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