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Buffalo Niagara Partnership Releases 2020 Guide To Background Screening Compliance


Finding talented employees is a challenge. And just when you discover the right candidate, it's time to move on to the hiring process. This may involve background checks, credit reports, drug screenings, driving records and more. Are you starting to feel overwhelmed? Don't worry. Here's a quick overview of commonly asked questions related to workplace compliance.


Many positions don't require sex offender registry searches. Nevertheless, it's generally better to take the extra precautions. In the end, you want to keep your customers, your workers and the public safe. Plus, companies can be responsible even if they should have known an employee was a threat. Although Megan's Law allows anyone to view their state's Public Registry of Sex Offenders, be careful about running searches on your own. State records are not necessarily complete as offenders may move from one place to another and fail to re-register. Besides, federal and state laws dictate how you can use the information you find. Just because someone shows up on a list doesn't mean you can automatically eliminate them from consideration.

What Does a Credit Report Say About a Potential Hire?

Most businesses run credit reports on employees who will be handling company and/or other people's money. Some organizations include credit reports as part of their overall screening program. Credit reports can confirm a person's identity as well as demonstrate their reliability. If someone makes sound financial decisions in their personal life, they are more likely to make good decisions in the workplace too. However, look at general trends rather than zeroing in on minor mistakes. To be fair, most of us have at least one overdue payment in our past.


Why Should you Conduct Employment Verification Before Hiring a Candidate?

Employment verification confirms dates of employment, job titles, professional responsibilities, salary information and reasons for termination. So, why is this information important when you're hiring a candidate? Unfortunately, people sometimes stretch the truth or tell outright lies. In fact, according to a 2017 benchmark report, 85% of employers caught applicants fibbing on their resumes! Employment verification ensures your organization is adding qualified, honest and reputable people to your team.

What Documentation will I Receive After Conducting a Pre-Employment Drug Screen on a Job Applicant?

Often, drug screening is a mandatory part of the hiring process. However, you may be wondering how to interpret the results. Normally, urine screens are the most common. And, depending on the panels you request, you may receive information on anything from cocaine and marijuana to prescription drugs. Keep in mind, urine screens use a biochemical test or immunoassay. This means instead of measuring for the presence of the drug itself, the test is looking for a specific response from the body's immune system. The antibodies produced can signal the presence of a given drug. Results are in nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) with a cutoff concentration. If the number is below the cutoff, the result is considered negative (drugs not detected). FULL ARTICLE

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