Screening Trends and Predictions for 2016

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Making predictions about interesting screening trends for the next year is one of my most fun year-end activities, just marginally less exciting than the plethora of holiday festivities and family gatherings that are about to be unleashed.

With a customer base of tens of thousands of organizations, we at HireRight like to think that we have a fairly keen sense for the trends that are happening in recruiting generally, and background screening in particular.

In 2016, we believe a number of existing screening trends will continue to accelerate:

Background Screening Steps That Can Reduce Your Risk of a Bad Hire

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Thorough background checks are a fundamental measure that employers can take to help minimize the risk of negligent hiring claims and other potential sources of liability that can follow and flow from employee misconduct.

Despite the increase in litigation against employers regarding the technical rules for obtaining background reports and the proliferation of so-called “ban the box” laws, there remain strong reasons for conducting thorough background checks.

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Can an FCRA Amendment Protect You in a Background Check Lawsuit?

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In recent years, there’s been a significant evolution in the regulatory and legal environment of employment background checks. One of these changes is that employers are seeing more lawsuits being filed against them, alleging violations of applicant and employee rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Some of these accusations include inadequate authorization and disclosure […]


What Are Your Obligations Under the FCRA?

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Ordering a background check for a potential employee seems like a fairly straightforward exercise: get the applicant’s information, send it to the background screening company, and receive a detailed background report that lets you know whether the applicant is clear to hire. In reality, procuring a background check on a prospective employee is decidedly more […]