Negligent hiring and background checks – who wants to roll the dice?

Not all background checks are created equal.  This is something we talk to our clients about daily.  While you may have certain requirements set by your licensing authority, client, or franchise; do those checks guard against a negligent hiring claim?   That all depends on what background checks you have conducted. First let’s look at the [...]

By | June 22nd, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on Negligent hiring and background checks – who wants to roll the dice?

Have you changed the way you hire?

Today, finding and recruiting candidates is an entirely new ball game. Thanks to social media and online recruiting sites, corporations and hiring staff have a plethora of resources to leverage in the hiring process. Naturally this means that having a highly-functioning hiring procedure is more important than ever. It’s overwhelming (we know the feeling), and [...]

By | November 16th, 2021|Blog, Employer Resources|Comments Off on Have you changed the way you hire?

Partnering with a CRA

If you are responsible for hiring at your company or organization, partnering with a background screening company to help find the best candidate for your open positions will most likely be a decision you will not regret; unless you don’t do your research.  A reputable consumer reporting agency (CRA) will deliver speedy, precise, and inclusive [...]

By | November 2nd, 2021|Blog, Employer Resources|Comments Off on Partnering with a CRA

Why Cancel Culture Misses the Point

As the digital era gives way to internet mob psychology, companies endure exponentially more pressure when managing a public relations crisis. As a result, an employee’s risk of being fired for problematic social media content has increased. In a world where anyone from high-profile celebrities to politicians’ staffers to doctors and nurses could get “cancelled” for something as simple as a [...]

By | October 19th, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on Why Cancel Culture Misses the Point

6 Common Misconceptions About Social Media Background Checks

Approximately 80% of employers conduct some type of pre-employment background checks on job candidates. Those reports typically include criminal checks, but many organizations are starting to look at an applicant's social media too. In fact, CareerBuilder found that the process of using social media when screening job candidates has grown by 500% over the past 10 years. As more and [...]

By | October 5th, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on 6 Common Misconceptions About Social Media Background Checks

Toxic Hires Are Costly

Companies save an average of $12,000 per hire by avoiding toxic hires. By coupling social media screening with traditional background checks, employers have a higher chance of identifying individuals who could easily tank a company's productivity and morale. Take this opportunity to strengthen the possibilities of a successful hire and include social media screening in [...]

By | September 21st, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on Toxic Hires Are Costly

Avoid Employee Theft

A recent survey conducted by a University of Cincinnati criminal researcher found that 64 percent of small business owners reported experiencing employee theft. The theft of cash was the most common and the amount varied from $5 to $2 million. Eighteen percent was theft of product, 8 percent was theft of tools, 6 percent was [...]

By | September 9th, 2021|Blog, Employer Resources|Comments Off on Avoid Employee Theft

The Benefits of Monitoring: What Happens After the Hiring Process Is Over?

It’s a great question to ask: what happens after the hiring process is over? Presumably, you’ve knuckled your way through fall hiring season (good job you!), screened your candidates, written the offer letters, and sent your brand-new employees off to onboarding. This hiring and training process is a significant investment of you and your company’s [...]

By | August 24th, 2021|Blog, Employer Resources|Comments Off on The Benefits of Monitoring: What Happens After the Hiring Process Is Over?

Holistic Screening: How Social Media Screening Complements Your Background Screening Workflow

Businessman holding a globe made of people - Social media networks concept As the landscape of social media increases, employers are evolving their ways to account for online content in the hiring process. While changes to traditional background screening procedures are slow to come, a new approach to screening is emerging: holistic screening. [...]

By | August 10th, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on Holistic Screening: How Social Media Screening Complements Your Background Screening Workflow

Are you getting the best turnaround time on background checks?

Essential Screens has an industry-leading turnaround time for background checks. However, depending on the nature and scope of the requested background check, that time could take longer for a variety of reasons. For example, if there is a holiday, if the courts are backlogged, if the information has not been completed in full, if additional [...]

By | July 27th, 2021|Blog, Employer Resources|Comments Off on Are you getting the best turnaround time on background checks?