The Reliable Blog2022-03-25T18:26:54-07:00

RELIABLE BACKGROUND SCREENING INDUSTRY NEWS AND ARTICLES

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

The Impact of Removing D.O.B. from Public Records

REMOVING DATE OF BIRTH IMPERILS CRIMINAL RECORDS SEARCHES Did you know that certain states and counties are considering removing or redacting dates of birth (DOB) from public court records, which will make it nearly impossible to verify an individual’s criminal history? This is because criminal records typically have no social security numbers (SSN) attached to them. Without a date of birth as an additional identifier, it becomes extremely problematic to verify whether a particular criminal record, with a name match only, is your applicant's. This is placing companies and organizations at significantly greater risk. In Michigan, for example, a 2019 decision by [...]

August 23, 2021|

Adverse Action Notices Become More Complex with Employee Screening

Adverse Action Notices Become More Complex with Employee Screening Adverse Action | An FCRA Requirement The FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act – the federal law that governs background checks) requires Adverse Action Notices for all types of background checks – whether it is tenant screening, volunteer screening, country club membership screening, franchisee screening or employee screening background checks.  However, the FCRA places its most onerous regulations upon employee screening, both with its initial disclosure and authorization requirements, as well as with its Adverse Action Notices rules. What is Adverse Action? Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Adverse Action is defined as: A [...]

July 20, 2021|

IF YOU COULD HAVE KNOWN, YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN®

IF YOU COULD HAVE KNOWN, YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN® Earlier this month, Hawaii's Department of Health Services came under scrutiny for hiring a convicted murderer into a role that directly interacts with young victims of domestic violence. The individual in question was found guilty of murder and was later paroled before relocating to the state of Hawaii. While reviewing the candidate’s application for a position within the Child Welfare Services division, Hawaii’s Department of Health Services neglected to complete an extensive background check, instead only checking local records for past criminal history. Hawaii’s Department of Health Services is fortunate their negligence was [...]

June 23, 2021|

Top Five Reasons to Screen Franchisees

What is the true value of franchisee background screening? It only takes one or two poor experiences at a franchisee location to change the public's perception of your franchise brand. Aside from building and maintaining a credible brand reputation, franchisors must ensure that their customer experience is consistent from location to location. Allowing the wrong individual to be a franchisee can undo years of building your franchise brand, operational standards, and reputation.  However, the franchisor isn’t the only one with skin in the game. The typical franchisee applicant is investing a substantial amount of their personal wealth, often approaching $500,000 to $1 [...]

May 27, 2021|

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