Legal

Five Ways to Reduce Risk with Your Background Screening Program

16 July in Articles, Best Practices, Brand Reputation, Business, Careers, Discrimination, Engagement, Human Resources, Legal, Metrics, News Updates, Recruiting, Staffing

Over the past few years, litigation has tripled in employment background screening, due to increased regulations and scrutiny of the background screening process by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and other federal/state and industry-specific auditing agencies.  Recently, employee/candidates have filed...

The GDPR adds a Twist to Staffing and Hiring

04 June in Articles, Business, Human Business, Legal, News Updates, SmartTalks, Staffing

On May 25, 2018, a new privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in the European Union (EU). GDPR expands the privacy rights of EU individuals and places new obligations on all organizations that market, track, or handle EU citizens’ personal...

It’s a Small World: Understanding International Background Screening

05 April in Articles, Best Practices, HR Technology, Human Business, Human Resources, Legal, Recruiting, Staffing

With modern technology linking us humans closer together, the world seems to be shrinking. This affects employers a variety of ways. The good news is they have gained access to a larger pool of job candidates since many positions are no longer bound by geography....

Does Your Company Need a Drug Testing Program?

26 March in Articles, Best Practices, Business, Human Business, Human Resources, Jobs, Legal, Recruiting, Staffing, Well-being, Workplace

There are myriad changes occurring with workplace policies. One of which is if, when, why and how companies conduct drug testing at the time of onboarding new talent. The shortage of talent is one of the factors that is leading employers to rethink if drug...

Webinar Recap: Pitfalls to Avoid in Creating a Background Screening Policy

28 February in Best Practices, Discrimination, Diversity, HR Technology, Human Business, Human Resources, Legal, Recruiting, Staffing, Technology

On February 27, 2018, Alexis Clark and Ian Bellais from Verified First led a SmartSearch SmartPractices webinar on the core concepts of what a well-designed background screening looks like, and what companies need to know about the changing legal landscape for background checks. During the...

Background Screening Policy Helps You Avoid Hiring Pitfalls

22 February in Best Practices, Discrimination, HR Technology, Human Business, Human Resources, Legal, Recruiting, Staffing, Technology, Workplace

Background screening has become almost universally adopted, and according to the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM), more than nine out of 10 companies screen candidates. This rising trend exists for good reason. Failing to make safe hiring decisions not only puts people at risk but...

Legislation Around Candidate Salaries and Your Recruiting Strategy

01 November in Business, Careers, Human Business, Human Resources, Jobs, Legal, News Updates, Recruiting, Staffing

On July 2018, Massachusetts will become the first state to forbid employers from asking candidates about their salary history directly impacting the current employment laws. This ruling will help level the playing field by giving all job seekers the right to expect equal pay for equal work...