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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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