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| Criminal Record Checks
February 27, 2019
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Guidance on "best practice" background checks

What are considered the best practice guidelines when conducting background checks and what is the Fair Credit Reporting Act?  HR Dive Associate Editor Katie Clarey discusses best practices and how to avoid violating FCRA and local laws.
 
What steps should an organisation take to ensure compliance? From candidate consent to analysing the background report this article helps outline what steps organisations and HR professionals need to take. Ensuring your candidate is informed of your intention to conduct a background check (with this information alone in the document to avoid confusion) and that they give their written consent, is of utmost importance, as several law suits have involved companies that failed to do this first. Then if a conviction comes up in the check, this must be shown to the candidate and they must be given their rights, before being told of any decision.
 
Ensuring managers communicate to candidates via HR is also advised, rather than directly about any decision, and getting HR to check the forms to ensure they are in line with ever-changing new or local laws, is also highly recommended.

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| Recruitment
February 22, 2019
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Boss loses £1m due to poor hire

A recruitment boss has admitted that he squandered a million pounds in poor hiring decisions, paying people who "essentially delivered no value to the business".

A poor hire can cost a company a lot, in money and resources, especially if the new employee causes damage to the organisation. Research by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found that UK businesses are making bad choices for two out of five new roles.

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February 15, 2019
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Focus on screening over brexit uncertainty

Pinkerton, a risk management company, is encouraging UK businesses to tighten up on employee screening prior to Brexit in light of the commercial uncertainty.

The company operates in security and risk, and sees Brexit as a reason to ensure the security, compliance and and reputation of UK businesses across all sectors.  As the company says, workers are a company’s most important asset, yet that person walking through the door every day is potentially also one of the biggest risks to electronic information, physical and human security, and reputation, if not vigorously vetted prior to placement.

There are more than 500 million people in the EU. Those of working age and with relevant skills are still free to travel and apply for jobs in the UK, at least until the end of March 2019. This poses challenges for employers verifying potential employees’ movements, backgrounds, and right to work whilst demonstrating regulatory compliance and maintaining efficient processes during employee onboarding.

As a result they encourage UK businesses to tighten up on employee screening in light of the commercial uncertainty over Brexit

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