The Reliable Blog2023-12-26T23:34:33-07:00


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

Mitigating Payroll Risk – The Power of Continuous Criminal Monitoring

Payroll management is a critical aspect of any business, ensuring employees are compensated accurately and on time. However, with the increasing complexity of regulatory compliance and the evolving nature of the workforce, payroll-related risks have become more pronounced. One area that demands careful attention is the risk associated with employing individuals either with existing criminal backgrounds and/or having employees who commit criminal acts subsequent to being hired. To address this concern, businesses are turning to continuous criminal monitoring as a proactive and effective solution. Understanding Payroll Risk Payroll risk is multifaceted, encompassing errors, fraud, and compliance issues. One significant but often overlooked [...]

January 11, 2024|

Background Checks – Trends to Watch for 2024

As 2023 is coming to a close, there are certain trends in the background screening space that will likely continue to present themselves as challenges and opportunities.  Four of the most significant areas are: Redaction of dates of birth (DOB) on county criminal records, and the concomitant reality of longer delays with county criminal records searches. Continuous Criminal Monitoring becoming more prevalent, as organizations seek to mitigate risk and safeguard their brands. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) mission to ensure that tenant screening practices are in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) will be unabated, in order to monitor [...]

December 13, 2023|

NLRB Final Joint Employer Rule – Unwelcome News for Franchisors and Other Businesses

Late last month, the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) released its final rule defining its new standard for joint-employer status.  This ruling reverses the franchise-friendlier rule that was adopted in 2020 and replaces it with a franchise-adverse rule that will likely negatively impact the franchise industry model, as well as other industries, including staffing agencies. The NLRB has provided “an exhaustive list of seven categories of terms or conditions of employment that will be considered essential for the purposes of the joint-employer inquiry. These are: (1) wages, benefits, and other compensation; (2) hours of work and scheduling; (3) the assignment of duties to be [...]

November 14, 2023|

Member Background Checks – A Country Club Benefit For Which Applicants Will Pay

At first glance, the concept of country club member applicants welcoming the opportunity to pay for their member background checks may seem implausible.  However, when positioned properly by country club staff and the Club’s marketing materials, country club member background checks can be viewed as a valuable benefit by prospective club members for many reasons. While some members might initially hesitate at the prospect of paying for these checks, when appropriately educated, these applicants will recognize the long-term advantages and added value that such checks provide, particularly when the average cost of a thorough member background check still pales in comparison to [...]

October 13, 2023|


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