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    How to Make It To The Top in Tech: Clare Hart Interview in Inc.

    Posted 05/17/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Clare Hart, CEO of Sterling Talent Solutions, recently spoke with Wanda Thibodeaux for Inc.com to share tips about how to "make it" in the technology industry. They spoke about a variety of topics from mentoring to the importance of people and striving for balance in a world of technology.

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    Checklist for Selecting the Perfect Background Screening Platform

    Posted 05/15/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Running an HR department is not an easy task. Shifting priorities, employee demands, recruiting changes and new technologies demand more and more attention of today's HR professionals. These internal issues do not even take into account the changing applicant demands in a candidate-driven job market. As the battle for high-performing talent increases, employers can no longer afford to have anything less than a consistent, personalized and seamless experience for their candidates. Great hiring experiences start with the technology used in an organization's background screening and onboarding platform.

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    Budgeting Tips for a Background Screening and Onboarding Platform

    Posted 05/11/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Today, HR professionals are burdened with a variety of both internal and external demands, technology upgrades and changes to the job market as applicants demand a transparent and personalized candidate experience. As the battle for high-performing talent increases, employers can no longer afford to have anything less than a consistent and personalized experience for their candidates. Great hiring experiences start with the technology used in an organization's background screening and onboarding platform.

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    Questions to Consider When Assessing a New Background Screening Platform

    Posted 05/08/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Today, HR professionals have continually shifting priorities, internal demands, technology upgrades and changes to the job market as applicants demand a transparent, personalized and seamless candidate experience from the moment they hit your career page to their first day in the office. As the battle for high-performing talent increases, employers can no longer afford to have anything less than a consistent and personalized experience for their candidates. Great hiring experiences start with the technology used in an organization's background screening and onboarding platform.

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    The Ingredients of the Perfect Background Screening Platform

    Posted 05/04/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    A great cook can make a signature dish by adding a dash of one ingredient and a pinch of another. Combining tastes and styles of cooking from a basic recipe is what takes a chef to the next level of culinary experiences. HR professionals combine people skills, technology and day-to-day management to make the hiring process as seamless as possible and create a positive candidate experience. Two different industries, but both strive to have the best outcome.

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    Ban the Box: Where Are We Now?

    Posted 05/03/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    You hear it in the news every day…everyone has an opinion about what is going on in the country and there seems to be a complete split between political parties on pretty much every issue. But, there is one law that is getting bi-partisan support across the country: Ban the Box laws. These laws started going into effect in 1998 and have exploded in popularity in the last three years. Sterling Talent Solutions hosted a webinar entitled "Ban the Box" in 2017: Where Are We Now? William Greenbaum and Julie Levinson Werner of Lowenstein Sandler, LLP discussed the latest information on state and local ban the box legislation.

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    Privacy Shield Certification

    Posted 05/02/2017 by Josh Bryant, Marketing Communications Coordinator

    Sterling Talent Solutions, the world's largest background screening and HR solutions company, is pleased to announce its certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The Privacy Shield certification – which replaces Safe Harbor – allows Sterling's U.S. business to receive data originating from the European Economic Area with greater speed and safety.

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    HR in the Stoned Age: Marijuana and the Law

    Posted 04/28/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Based on an October 2016 Gallup Poll, support for legal marijuana use has risen steadily since the late 1960's. Today, the support rate is at 60%. This is the highest percentage of support recorded in the 47 years since Gallup started asking about the trend. The support for legalization of marijuana is up across all age and socio/economic groups.

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    New Form I-9 Review Needed after USCIS Found Glitch

    Posted 04/25/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    On November 14, 2016, the USCIS published a revised version of the Form I-9. At the time, employers were given a choice to use the new revised version (v.11/16/2016 N) of Form I-9, or they could use the previous version of Form I-9 dated 03/08/2013 N through January 21, 2017. Effective January 22, 2017, all employers must use the new revised Form I-9 for employment verification purposes. Copies of the revised Form I-9 and instructions are available in English and Spanish and can be directly downloaded on I-9 Central.

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    Your FCRA Questions Answered

    Posted 04/21/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Before I started at Sterling Talent Solutions, I didn't know much about background screening. I'm still learning the ins and outs of the processes, but I have come to realize that screening is a critical part of the hiring process. I also learned that background screening is a very highly regulated industry. And while it's just one step in the hiring process, it's a very important one. Businesses want to make sure that they are hiring the right people for their company. Employment screening gives employers peace of mind that they are hiring the right candidate for the job with as quick of turnaround as possible.

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    Culture Corner: How to Host a Culture Workshop

    Posted 04/20/2017 by Julia Mair, Chief Marketing Officer

    We all aspire to work for a company that values our work and treats us like grown-ups. But what else do you want from the place where you spend the majority of your waking life?

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    Get to Know Sterling Talent Solutions

    Posted 04/19/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Sterling Talent Solutions is excited to share our new global brand video, "Get to Know Sterling Talent Solutions." The video showcases our focus to put our clients in the best possible position when hiring new employees. Sterling's services are just one of the many layers in the hiring process which provides our clients with the peace of mind they need to know that they are hiring the right employees for their company. The video was filmed with employees in our Manila, Mumbai, New York and Seattle offices.

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    CTRL.ATL.HACK: Sterling Talent Solutions in Atlanta Hosted Its First Technology Hackathon

    Posted 04/13/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Have you heard of a hackathon? If you were a computer programmer, you know all about what this word means and you even might have participated in a few for fun (or for business) in your college years and business career.

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    What’s New for FCRA Compliance?

    Posted 04/12/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    For those that are not familiar or are new to the background screening industry, there is a lot to learn. First and foremost, background screening is a highly regulated industry. Candidates are protected under various local, state and federal laws. Employers need to be familiar and compliant with these regulations when hiring new employees. Sterling Talent Solutions conducts a quarterly FCRA Compliance webinar series to keep attendees current on the latest FCRA Compliance updates.

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    Sterling Talent Solutions Welcomes Tom Burke as COO

    Posted 04/11/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Sterling Talent Solutions is pleased to welcome Tom Burke as our new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Clare Hart, CEO of Sterling shared in the announcement to the company, “The role of COO is increasingly critical to our success as we look to strengthen, automate and innovate our organization everywhere. Tom brings both operational excellence and decisive leadership experience to Sterling. His energetic and collaborative style will help us break down silos and realize our ambitious goals more quickly.”

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    Deceptive Degrees: What Are Diploma Mills?

    Posted 04/10/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    A resume is how potential employers get a first impression of your skills, experiences and qualifications before they meet you in person. Job hunters use a variety of resume types and styles to sell themselves, their education and their past work.

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    HR Professionals Voice Strong Support for Mandated Form I-9 & E-Verify Systems

    Posted 04/07/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    It's the first day of a new job. You are already nervous about starting at a new job, finding your way around a new office, meeting new people and taking on new challenges. It might just be me, but one of my biggest worries was making sure that I had my "documentation" (My driver's license, passport or social security card) with me to prove that I am eligible to work in the United States. I was always afraid if I didn't give this to the hiring or HR manager, I wouldn't be able to work. I always wondered if there was a way to make this process less stressful!

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    The "Official" Start to Brexit in the UK

    Posted 04/06/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    UK Prime Minister, Theresa May officially signaled Britain's exit from the European Union (EU) on March 29, 2017, nine months after the UK citizens voted for Brexit. This action starts in motion a series of negotiations between the UK and the remaining 27 European Union (EU) Member States, represented by the European Commission. There is a two-year deadline for these negotiations, which will cover everything from trade to immigration to employment laws. If no agreements are made and no decisions are taken to extend negotiations, the UK's trade relationship with the EU will revert to the rules of the World Trade Organization, which could greatly affect Britain's current trading position. Regardless of the agreement process, the impact will be significantly felt by many UK employers, with global corporations in the United States watching what happens especially closely.

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    SterlingONE Brings Ease to Background Screening

    Posted 03/30/2017 by Debbie Lamb Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Employee screening and onboarding new hires can be complex and time-consuming. With regulatory landscapes and the need to get good candidates in the door faster-streamlined, agile technology and processes are a daily requirement. Sterling Talent Solutions offers bundled solutions that are designed to meet the screening and onboarding needs for your company. From the essentials, including criminal background checks, drug and health screening and easy-to-navigate candidate and employee portals and workflows, to ultimate solutions including Form I-9, new hire and custom forms we have the hiring process covered from end-to-end.

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    Overcoming the Challenges of Background Screening for the Staffing Industry

    Posted 03/28/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communication Manager

    The rise of the contingent or temporary workforce is upon us and will continue to grow as the economy continues to change. The temporary workforce is a major driver in the gig economy, a growing economic force which accounted for 30% of new jobs and created income sources for 2.1 million people in the U.S. between 2010 and 2014. Intuit forecasted that the gig economy would reach 7.6 million people by 2020. The US economy has changed dramatically over the last 50 years from employment in large organizations to an increased reliance on temporary or contracted labor.

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    Hit a Home Run with Background Screening

    Posted 03/24/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    PLAY BALL! After a long winter, baseball fans have been patiently (or some impatiently) to hear the umpire say those two words. It is time for the boys of summer to hit the diamonds for the return of the summer classic. Opening Day of baseball brings hope and anticipation for any baseball fan. It is the day when very record resets and each player and team starts fresh with dreams of winning the World Series in their heads. In some cities, Opening Day is considered a city holiday. For this life-long Cleveland Indians fan, it is a time to celebrate being American League Champions and the amazing World Series against the Chicago Cubs and hope for a championship for the 2017 season.

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    Leveraging Technology for The Continually Changing Regulatory Landscape

    Posted 03/22/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    The background screening industry is highly regulated by rules which protect both prospective candidates and the background screening companies. The industry is regulated by legislation on all levels of government from federal to state to local districts. The variety of rules can be overwhelming to an employer, and if regulations are not complied with properly, an organization might have to deal with penalties. To ensure the rights of applicants and employees are respected, organizations should be aware of their obligations and develop background checking policies that take into account their particular needs, risk tolerance and legal obligations. The key to minimizing the legal risk associated with background screening checks, especially criminal record checks, is having a well-thought out hiring policy in place that accounts for applicable legislation and guidance from rules under the Federal Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

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    Complexities of Employee Screening and Onboarding

    Posted 03/20/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Have you had to get a background check? I hadn't until I was hired by Sterling Talent Solutions last year. To be honest, I was nervous, not because there was anything in my background that would have a red flag, but because I didn't know the background screening process and what was needed to complete the background check. I had many questions swirling around my head: What paperwork would I need? Did I have enough reference information? How could I get hiring or payroll documentation from a company that is now closed? How do you get a drug test? How long will the process start? If I didn't have the information would it delay my hiring?

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    Real-Time Recruiting via Social Media and Candidate Experience

    Posted 03/16/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    There are ways to define candidate experience. It covers many areas of the hiring process from filing out an application to filling out paperwork on day one. Many HR influencers have taken a stab at defining what candidate experience entails and they often share similar views. In a 2013 blog post for the Huffington Post, Rayanne Thorn of Technomedia simply defines candidate experience as, "What a job seeker/applicant/candidate goes through during the hiring process." With the job market being more candidate-driven than ever before, candidate experience will continue to be a major topic for companies and organizations to come.

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    Sterling Talent Solutions to Sponsor and Exhibit at Ultimate Software’s Customer Conference

    Posted 03/15/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    As Ultimate Software’s background screening and drug testing partner, Sterling Talent Solutions is excited to be a sponsor and exhibitor of their annual customer conference - Connections at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 21-24. Connections 2017 is the Ultimate Software’s (a partner of Sterling) annual tradeshow.

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