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Top 10 Background Screening Blogs of 2020

By: Vanessa Mitchell Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Top 10 Background Screening Blogs of 2020

2020 was a great year for Choice Screening. A year of recognition, development, and education, of new laws and regulations, and of course, many informative background screening blogs. We’ve complied the 10 best so you can review and prepare your organization for better hiring practices in 2021!


5 Reasons Why Employers Should Conduct Background Checks

Nearly 96% of all employers as stated in this PBSA survey acknowledged their organization conducts employment background screening. Which is great! These organizations understand the importance of background screening and the impact they have. But what about the 4% of employers not performing employment background screening? Which is why, we have come up with 5 substantial reasons why every employer should perform a background screen on employees and applicants…


Background Checks for Seasonal Hiring

You may already be gearing up to hire your seasonal staff, reviewing applications, setting interviews, and rushing to train. Because of the fast, bulk onboard and short-term employment of seasonal hires, it’s easy to forgo your standard rigorous pre-employment background checks

Seasonal employees have access to the same funds, merchandise, and sensitive information as the rest of your employees. Do not skip the screen; perform a comprehensive background check on all seasonal employees.


Mitigate Negligent Hiring Through Comprehensive Background Screening

Negligent Hiring according to US Legal: “is a claim made by an injured party against an employer based on the theory that the employer knew or should have known about the employee's background which, if known, indicates a dangerous or untrustworthy character.” Essentially, if you hire an employee with a criminal record (without first running a background check, or running an inadequate background check), and they are convicted of a workplace crime, you may be subject to a negligent hiring claim.


Account Set-Up…Easy as 1-2-3!

At Choice Screening, we understand your time is valuable. We have created a host of solutions aimed at saving you time, including: integrations, consent forms, auto-order options, adverse action letter service, Form I-9 management, and much more! But we don't stop there, from inception our goal is to keep things simple and that includes account set-up. It's as easy as 1-2-3! 


Background Screening Turnaround Time

The average Choice Screening pre-employment background check will usually take anywhere from 24-72 hours depending on the services ordered. But not all CRA’s (Consumer Reporting Agencies) are equal when it comes to turnaround times. A quick internet search reveals the average background check is returned between 3 days and 1 week! A quick turnaround time can be the difference between hiring your top candidate or missing out because they received another offer…sooner.


Background Check Dispute Process

Did you know, Choice Screening has a 99.99% accuracy rate? A remarkably accurate background check is what we strive for...

Your applicant just told you something was incorrect or inconsistent on their background screening report.  Now what?


Resume Fraud

Resume Fraud, also known as resume embellishment, resume misrepresentation, or application fraud, is more common that you think. According to a recent survey performed by The Ladders, almost 30% of people have lied on their resume. That is 5 out of 15 applicants misrepresenting themselves on their resume!


FCRA Compliance

The FCRA (Fair Credit Report Act) is a federal law regulating the collection and reporting of an individual’s background information. A CRA (consumer reporting agency) and employer both have obligations under the FCRA. It also protects the consumer with provisions like: consent must be obtained, the consumer has a right to receive their report, the consumer has a right to dispute information, etc. For more information reference the FCRA here


The Cost of a Bad Hire and How to Prevent It

A bad hire is a new employee who possesses one or more of the following behaviors: consistently negative, not meeting quotas, not producing high quality work, or does not have the skills claimed during recruitment. They could be negatively impacting your organization by decreasing morale and employee engagement, losing customers, or participating in financial crimes like embezzlement or theft.


Federal Criminal Search

Federal crimes cannot be found on a national, county, or state criminal background check. By definition, federal crimes cross state boundaries or are committed on federal property and thus are tried at the highest level of government. These do not include common criminal offenses found in county or state criminal searches.


We hope you've enjoyed the blogs of 2020. Be sure to subscribe to our blog and stay informed in the New Year!

Topics: Background Screening, Choice Screening, Year in Review

Vanessa Mitchell

Vanessa Mitchell

Passionate blogger dedicated to making your life easier when it comes to background screening.