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    FBI's Rap Back Program Provides On-Going Status Updates

    Posted 02/24/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    A company invests a lot of time and money into hiring the right candidate and finding the person with the right fit for the company. What happens when the employee has worked for a few years? Is it worthwhile to perform ongoing screening to prevent a bad hire situation? Yes, it is! A routine background screening check will give an employer a one-time "snapshot" of their employee's past criminal history. The FBI has a background check program that has been running updated checks on a company that participates in the program. The FBI's Rap Back Program has been providing organizations enrolled in their program real-time notifications and updates of employees’ current arrests and charges.

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    Screen Now, Save Later

    Posted 02/23/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Despite all the hiring committees, phone screening, in-person interviews, tests and other vetting methods, employers and recruiters can make bad hiring decisions. Finding the perfect candidate can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. For many employers, it's tempting to hire people without performing due diligence or background checks on the applicant. Yet, what happens if the job candidates turn out to be different from what you originally thought during the interview and hiring process? It is essential that you identify a bad hire before she or he becomes your new hire.

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    NAPBS to File Amicus Brief for NY Court of Appeals Case

    Posted 02/21/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    The background screening industry is regulated by local, state and federal laws. These laws are continuously being created and revised across the country on all levels. For example, the city of Los Angeles enacted the Fair Chance Initiative on January 1, 2017 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated the guidance on National Origin Discrimination. Decisions made by lower and appellate courts can also affect aspects of the background screening industry. Sterling Talent Solutions is a member of many associations and organizations that keep an eye on court rulings that could impact the background screening industry. Sterling is an accredited member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a non-profit trade association representing the interest of companies offering employment background screening services.

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    Share Your Thoughts on Background Screening

    Posted 02/01/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    You're reading this blog, so clearly you’re interested in employment background screening. Would you be willing to share your expertise and insights with us?

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    Five EEOC Lessons Employers Need to Know

    Posted 01/20/2017 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 they respect the rights of applicants and employees, 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 the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

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    Culture Corner: 5 Tips For Leading Culture Change

    Posted 01/18/2017 by Julia Mair, CMO

    Over the past two years, we’ve acquired four companies. As a result, our company has more than doubled in size and with this kind of growth comes positive change. We’ve added hundreds of new colleagues, ramped up our technology stack and have rethought our internal processes to ensure customers are getting the best service possible. And while bringing multiple companies together is no easy task, we’ve continued to increase revenue, invest in our technology and create a thriving, sustainable organization from our robust organic and acquisitive strategy.

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    Background Checks in Politics: Just as Important as in Business

    Posted 01/16/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Background checks are used by employers to look at a job candidate's past work and educational performance to identify potential hiring risks for safety and security reasons. There are many elements to background checks, but the basics include criminal background checks, drug testing and education and employment verification. Every company has a different approach, preference and requirement for conducting background checks. However, employers in all areas are looking for the most comprehensive picture of their candidates. When recruiting new employees, companies need additional information to help them verify they are making informed hiring decisions. In this way, performing proper due diligence in hiring includes screening potential employees.

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    Social Media Screening: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    Posted 01/11/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    Social networking is one of the most popular online activities with high user engagement rates and expanding mobile possibilities. According to estimates, the number of worldwide social media users reached 1.96 billion and is expected to grow to at least 2.5 billion by 2018. North America leads the way with the largest penetration of social media users at 59% followed by South America and Western Europe. Pew Research Center discovered that in the U.S., women and men use social media at similar rates and where you live no longer plays a large role in using social media. It is estimated that US social media users spend 216 weeks on social media on their smartphone, 53 weekly minutes on PC and 50 minutes per week on accessing social networks via tablet devices. With this in mind, it probably comes as no surprise that social media is playing an increasingly significant role in the recruitment process. How much should employers depend on these networks to source and screen potential employees?

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    EEOC Updates National Origin Discrimination Guidance

    Posted 01/09/2017 by Angela Preston, Senior Vice President and Counsel, Corporate Ethics and Compliance

    The American workforce is progressively becoming more diverse. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the largest percentages of immigrants to the U.S. are now from Asia and Latin America. Immigrant workers are represented in every occupation in the U.S. Because of this increasing diversity, the EEOC recently issued an updated guidance to inform employers and employees how it interprets, approves and/or disapproves of court interpretations of national origin discrimination cases. This is the EEOC's first update on the national origin guidances since 2002 and reflects the EEOC's strategic plan for the next four years, which will focus on protecting vulnerable workers, including immigrant, migrant workers and underserved communities with discrimination.

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    What Could 2017 Bring to the Background Screening Industry?

    Posted 01/03/2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communication Manager

    It has been quite the year at Sterling Talent Solutions! We started off 2016 as SterlingBackcheck and ended the year as Sterling Talent Solutions after a successful merger with TalentWise in the beginning of the year. We acquired RISQ Group and Verified Person and grew to 20 offices in 9 countries with over 3,900 employees. Sterling is now trusted by over 50,000 clients worldwide, including 25% of the Fortune 100, screening 12 million candidates annually with more than 80 million searches.

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    Keep It Legal: Tips for Criminal Record Check Compliance

    Posted 12/16/2016 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    From the Hippocratic Oath to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, every industry adheres to their own rules and regulations. The background screening industry is highly regulated as it has rules which protect both prospective candidates and the background screening companies. The industry is governed by legislation on all levels of government from federal to state to local districts. The bevy of rules can be overwhelming to an employer and if a regulation isn't followed properly, companies might have to deal with penalties. But background screening is not a nightmare some make it out to be - 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 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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    The Top Five Blog Posts For 2016

    Posted 12/15/2016 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

    As 2016 comes to a close, I find myself asking, "Where did the year go?" Between the meetings, acquisitions and mergers and product updates, we've had a packed year - oftentimes reflected in our company blog. We have shared the exciting news of our merger with TalentWise in the beginning of the year to rebranding our name to Sterling Talent Solutions in June to sharing the latest human resources and background screening industry information all year long. We compiled a list of the top five most popular and highly read blog posts (in no particular order) of the past year just in case you missed them.

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  • Americans Desire Safety This Election Season

    Posted 11/01/2016 by Debbie Lamb, Jr. MarComm Manager

    Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th can’t come soon enough. We are down the stretch of this crazy and unpredictable presidential campaign season. The country continues to be as divided as ever and will be throughout the election process.

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  • California Bans Employers from Asking for Juvenile Criminal Records

    Posted 10/20/2016 by Debbie Lamb, Junior MarComm Manager

    If you are applying for a job in California, you should be aware that there are many laws and regulations protecting personal and criminal history under both federal and state laws. California employment background checks are performed differently than in the other 49 states. Along with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which regulates the background screening industry, employers in California must comply with other unique regulations or risk up to $10,000 in penalties. A new amendment to the California Labor Code was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in late September. This amendment, A. B. 1843, prohibits employers from considering certain juvenile records for employment purposes.

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    Corporate Event Screening & Survival Guide

    Posted 10/17/2016 by Debbie Lamb, Jr. MarComm Manager

    There is always something to plan for in the business world from in-house events, product launches or tradeshows to big holiday parties. Being able to put together events, both large and small, requires a lot of talent, patience and organizational skills. If you are a corporate planner, you know that you require help from many aspects of your company from hiring the right event staff to marketing the event. Being organized is the key component for having any big event become a success. Just imagine how organized the event planners for a worldwide event, like the recent Rio Olympics had to be! From big events to small, knowing organizational essentials is critical for an event planner.

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  • Fingerprints vs. Name-Branded Background Checks

    Fingerprints vs. Name-Branded Background Checks

    Posted 10/12/2016 by Debbie Lamb, Jr. MarComm Manager

    There have been a lot of conversations about the use of fingerprinting screening in the ride-sharing industry, particularly with the recent announcement from Uber that they are requiring their drivers to take selfies for added security and by recent laws passed in California requiring stricter criminal background check requirements. Fingerprinting has always been considered the best solution for criminal background check information, but it has many limitations for employee screening. Comprehensive name-based background checks are a better alternative for a more thorough, wide-reaching and up-to-date screening process.

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  • California Enacts Tough Ride-Sharing Screening Laws

    California Enacts Tough Ride-Sharing Screening Laws

    Posted 10/04/2016 by Debbie Lamb, Jr. MarComm Manager

    Do you feel safe while driving in a ride-sharing vehicle? I personally felt just as safe in a ride-sharing vehicle as I felt in riding a taxi. As more and more people are using ride-sharing services, more laws and regulations are enacted to protect passengers as well as drivers. Uber has recently enacted a law requiring drivers to take selfies to upload to the Uber app as an additional safety precaution for both the driver and rider. Background screening for ride-sharing applications has been evolving ever since the services have been launched a few years ago. Each state has different requirements and verifications for background screening for the drivers.

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    Background Screening 101

    Posted 09/19/2016 by Debbie Lamb - Jr. MarComm Manager

    New employees are one of the biggest investments a business can make. With each new hire companies invest time, training, money, resources and the years of experience they have acquired. When recruiting new employees, companies need additional information to help them verify they are making informed hiring decisions.

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  • A New DEA Report Confirms Marijuana Usage is Not Conducive to Workplace Safety

    A New DEA Report Confirms Marijuana Usage is Not Conducive to Workplace Safety

    Posted 09/16/2016 by Debbie Lamb-Jr. MarComm Manager

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a report in August 2016, affirming the Schedule 1 Controlled Substance classification of marijuana defined by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS concluded the following about marijuana:

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  • Ban the Box Laws Could Lead to Hiring Discrimination

    New Research Suggests Ban the Box Laws Could Lead to Hiring Discrimination

    Posted 09/01/2016 by Nick Fishman, Vice President - Communications

    Since the concept of Ban the Box legislation was introduced, I’ve often wondered whether these laws actually accomplished their intended goal – which is to give those with convictions on their record a fair chance of finding employment. As a quick review Ban the Box laws mandate employers remove the question on their job applications asking candidates to divulge if they’ve been convicted of criminal activity. The thesis behind these laws is that minorities are convicted at a higher rate than the rest of the population and that asking the question leads to disparate impact in hiring decisions.

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  • “Ban The Box: Where Are We Now?” Register for our webinar to find out.

    Posted 05/25/2016 by Nick Fishman, Vice President of Communications

    If you’re unfamiliar with Ban the Box – it’s quite simple. It’s a movement to eliminate asking if one of your potential candidates has been convicted of a crime until after you extend an offer. In fact, more than 100 US cities have embraced this practice – making it critical that hiring companies are remaining compliant and following the law.

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  • Fingerprints vs. Name-Based Background Checks: And the Winner Is…

    Posted 05/10/2016 by Angela Preston, Senior Vice President and Counsel, Corporate Ethics and Compliance

    Many legislators and employers view FBI and state fingerprint checks as the gold standard of background screening, but our new report reveals this to be a misconception.

    The report, “Fingerprints vs. Name-Based Background Checks: And the Winner Is…,” details flaws with fingerprint background checks that negatively impact both employers and applicants. In fact, it says these well-documented flaws are so significant that fingerprint checks should not be an employer’s sole method for identifying whether job applicants have criminal records.

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  • Two Key Ways to Improve FCRA Compliance and Limit Lawsuit Exposure

    Posted 03/31/2016 by SterlingBackcheck

    It seems a day doesn't go by without seeing yet another employer caught up in the turmoil of a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class action lawsuit. Following these stories we see many of the same purported violations again and again. Most commonly, these allegations focus on the employers' disclosure and authorization or adverse action practices. And unfortunately getting it wrong in one of these areas can lead to large class sizes as employers repeat the same steps over and over while screening their candidates, totally unaware something in their process is amiss.

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  • Has Your State Banned the Box?

    Posted 03/30/2016 by SterlingBackcheck

    Nearly half of employers (48%) believe ban the box laws—which outlaw the checkbox on job applications that asks candidates if they’ve ever been convicted of a crime—are unfair to them, according to our "Employment Screening 2015: Background Screening Trends & Practices" survey of more than 500 individuals.

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  • Confident Hiring Decisions: Complete Criminal Locator

    Posted 03/16/2016 by David Dickson, SVP of Product Management

    At this point, HR professionals are well aware of the perils of hiring employees without conducting criminal background checks. Failure to do so puts your employees, customers, financial health and your brand at significant risk.

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