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Background Screening Blog

Oil Spill Disaster

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Gulf Coast spill has been all over the news and will most likely affect the livelihoods of thousands of people in a negative way. As business owners in any venue, we must look out for the well-being of our employees. Twenty years ago, we heard a similar story with the Exxon oil disaster when people who earned their living off the land and sea had careers cut short.

The Gulf oil spill is a déjà vu of the Alaska disaster. Kent Bowen of Park City, Utah had an Alaskan fishing career when it ended with the Exxon oil disaster.

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Employment Screening Blog

NYC recently passed two new amendments that may affect your employment screening processes

Monday, June 29, 2015

On May 6, 2015, New York City passed an amendment to the City’s Human Rights Law (2015/037) which may affect your ability to request or use credit reports as part of the employment screening process.  The intent of this amendment is to prevent discrimination based on credit history.  Although there are exceptions to the amendment, it may impact a majority of employers.

To learn more about this new amendment please visit: http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1709692&GUID=61CC4810-E9ED-4F16-A765-FD1D190CEE6C.

"NOTE" This new amendment will take effect on September 03, 2015.

New York City has joined several other cities and states by adopting a “Ban the Box” initiative.  On June 10, 2015, New York City passed the Fair Chance Act which allows an employer to ask about an applicant’s criminal history and conduct a criminal background check only after extending a conditional offer of employment.

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Integrity Testing Blog

I Feel Your Pain

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As an HR Executive, reviewing candidates for hire, you are faced with the DAUNTING task of navigating the complex landscape of EEOC, FCRA and CFPB requirements, all affecting what you can and can’t do or say... my head hurts just thinking about it. In the end you discover that with all your efforts UNQUALIFIED people still slip through and become employees. WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? HOW DID IT HAPPEN? WHERE DID WE GO WRONG? WHAT DID WE MISS?... and the most important question is HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN?

To start, nothing is 100%! There are however, new ways in which to detect HIGH-RISK candidates whose Background and Drug test come back clear.

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Tenant Screening Blog

Apartment Sector to be Among First to Recover

Friday, August 20, 2010

This morning, in an article (Early Surge Seen in Apartment Demand) published in the Investors Business Daily, the apartment sector is predicted to be among the first to experience recovery. While the labor market remains very unstable and this week's unemployment figures (increasing unemployment) don't bode well, the recovery (when it does finally occur) should visit the apartment sector first.

This is welcome news as multi-family housing has, during the current recession, become an euphemism for younger families losing their homes.

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Identity Theft Blog

How Cybersecurity and Privacy Affect Us All

Friday, June 19, 2015

Data security is a hot topic these days, and with good reason. Whether it’s news of the latest corporate data breach, hackers in foreign countries, or legislation aimed at protecting citizens’ privacy, we’re living in a world that is clamoring to keep up with the technology… and with criminals.

But while we wait for the government to take action and the business world to catch up, there’s no reason we can’t take action ourselves. Cybersecurity all starts with the behaviors that fuel your online activity, and with the right attention to what you share, you can protect yourself from a lot of the threats.

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