The Reliable Blog2021-08-18T07:34:03+00:00


Industry news, helpful tips, and valuable insight from the Reliable Background Screening Team.

Remote Workers and the Changing Background Screening Landscape

With employees stuck at home due to the pandemic, companies had to quickly find solutions to make remote work a viable alternative to the office. As organizations adapted, many realized that with technological advances and an increasing amount of work that can be done at any location, overhead costs decreased significantly, and employees achieved a greater work-life balance. It’s undeniable that remote work is more prevalent than ever. Not only is it common to interact with colleagues virtually, it now is also common to select a new employee, volunteer, franchisee, or member virtually, without ever having met the individual in [...]

December 15, 2021|

Private Clubs’ Growth During Pandemic Spurs Membership Background Checks

The Covid Pandemic has affected the economy in disparate ways. One area that has seen steady growth is interest and membership in private clubs, be they country clubs, yacht clubs, golf clubs, investment clubs or an array of newly configured private clubs that are sprouting all over the country. The limited supply of open membership slots, coupled with the high demand for them has made membership background checks an increasingly important component of the membership application process. Even with barriers to entry such as expensive initial membership fees — often in the multiples of five figures, with some initial fees [...]

November 8, 2021|

Changing Marijuana Laws Are Impacting Employers

Marijuana continues to be illegal under federal law, as it is considered a Schedule I Drug ‒ the most stringently banned category of drugs ‒ under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.  However, 18 states plus the District of Columbia have thus far legalized marijuana for recreational use, while a total of 36 states have legalized it for medical purposes. It is not surprising that the federal government does not actively pursue criminal convictions for marijuana use, which is also known as cannabis.  According to a research study from April 2021 by a highly respected market research company, 91% of [...]

October 18, 2021|

The Importance of County Background Searches

Many employers assume that their pre-employment background checks include all criminal records associated with the applicant in question, but did you know that no criminal database exists that covers the entire country. Even the “FBI files” only have about fifty percent of all crimes in the country. Further, the original source of all crimes is typically the county courthouse criminal record. Of most importance, the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) requires that any record found in a criminal database be verified by the original source, i.e., a county criminal records search, before any adverse action can be taken. While certain [...]

September 20, 2021|





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