Why More American Employees are 'Quiet Quitting'

American workers of all ages are actively disengaging from their jobs in a recent trend called "Quiet Quitting." In simple terms, the trend reveals that employees and independent contractors alike are putting down boundaries and no longer going above and beyond for their employers. Also called "acting your wage" or staying in scope, workers are seeking more work/life balance, especially if they're not being rewarded for the extra work. Let's look at why more employees are quiet quitting. As we

What is an FCRA-Compliant Background Check?

One of the most important responsibilities of HR is to protect their employers. They must verify that candidates are vetted as a good fit for the company because the cost of employee turnover is high. When vetting candidates, they must also comply with federal and state regulations, including FCRA compliance. FCRA-compliant background checks protect employers by saving money and reducing risk. What is an FCRA-compliant background check? What Does the FCRA Do? The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FC

How Does HR Work with Background Check Companies?

When hiring managers need to know more about their job applicants or employees, they'll seek out information through an employment background check. Human resources managers have the option to search for the information online via a data aggregator, seek out a screening company offering a deal, or partner with a background check company. Of course, we recommend the last option to reduce risk, reduce costs and turnaround times, and receive trusted information in return. How does HR work with bac

Support the Workforce with a Trauma-Informed HR

The past few years have done a number on American workers. Between social injustice protests, an ongoing pandemic, and demands to return to the office, over three-quarters of employees are reporting at least one symptom of a mental health condition. It's up to human resources and leadership to help their workforce feel encouraged. A trauma-informed HR is necessary to support a struggling workforce. Here's how. Effects of Trauma in the Workplace In a relatively short period of time, individual

Supporting Families Victimized By Gun Violence

After the 27th school shooting of 2022 so far and more mass shootings than days of the year, we're at a loss for words. We've discussed how to support mental health concerns and how to prevent violence in the workplace already on this blog. It doesn't seem appropriate to write about much else so today, we're doing something different. Here's how to support families victimized by gun violence. While VeriFirst does supply background checks for employers, businesses and property owners, we do no

Felons Have the Right to Work Too: Job Related Background Screening

Conducting background checks on prospective employees, contractors and volunteers have become standard operating procedure for organizations across the United States. With the number of screenings and outdated screening policies, there has been a natural rise in litigation and punitive fines being paid by employers. It is imperative that background check policies are updated to honor an individual's right to work in this country. Use these background screening best practices and sample template

Does Your Organization Welcome Activism?

Activism isn't new. Companies and organizations speaking out, however, is a relatively recent phenomenon. As younger generations are entering the workforce and others are re-entering after the pandemic, they're expecting more from their employers. Take the month of March, for example. With social media posts going around about Women's History Month and International Women's Day, it begs the question: Are organizations walking their talk? Is leadership aware of what they're inviting inside their

Employment, Hiring and Background Screening Trends for 2022

As is our annual tradition, we look back over the previous year to predict future trends for the new year. Employers and hiring managers have had a rough two years and are looking for the light at the end of a very long tunnel. Without further ado... The Top Ten Posts of 2021: Employment, Hiring and Background Screening Trends for 2022. #10: What Do Candidates Expect from Employers Post-Pandemic? As employers sought to increase recruitment efforts, it's no surprise that this topic would be in

How Vaccines Are Affecting Hiring and Recruiting

Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically altered where and how we work, but it has also affected hiring and recruiting. Consider the following questions: Do candidates need to reveal their vaccination status when they apply for a job? Are hiring managers background screening for vaccinations before considering an applicant? How are COVID vaccines affecting hiring and recruiting for employers? As of this writing, employers from Amtrak to the Washington Post have mandated COVID vaccinatio

How Positive is Your Workplace Culture?

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) published a study in 2019 revealing that toxic workplace cultures cost businesses $223B in five years. Since that time, employers and their workforce have been navigating a pandemic, learning how to work remotely and often, leaving their jobs. Quite simply, employees have higher expectations than they did before. A 2021 SHRM study reveals that positive workplace culture was what mattered most to those employees who stayed with their employers thro

Go For Gold πŸŽ–οΈ with These HR Hiring Tips

It's Olympics time and we have some winning tips for HR professionals and hiring managers. Going for the gold doesn't mean beating yourself down to cross the finish line. It means keeping a steady, efficient pace, making the right decisions, and saving some gold πŸ’° along the way. Use these top hiring tips so your HR team finishes best! Finding the right candidate for the job starts with identifying what the job will be. Start by talking with those who will be working directly with the new emplo

Take πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆPRIDE In Your Workplace LGBTQ+ Representation

LGBTQ+ employees rate lower satisfaction at work compared to their non-LGBTQ+ colleagues, according to an analysis of reviews on Glassdoor. The Trevor Project reports that one in three LGBTQ+ young adults faces workplace discrimination. And according to Investopedia, trans adults are less likely to hold management roles and are six times less likely to receive a job offer. Most of these challenges start with representation in leadership, opportunities, and benefits. In tribute to Pride month, w

How to Reduce Anti-Asian Bullying in the Workplace

Hate incidents against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have risen since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a February press release from Stop AAPI Hate, there have been over 2,808 firsthand accounts of anti-Asian racism and discrimination incidents around the United States since March 19, 2020. Some of these assaults were verbal or physical harassment. Others were workplace discrimination and refusal of service at businesses. Whether your employees are being bullied o

Can Employers Fire Someone For their Social Media?

Yesterday it was reported that Gina Carano was fired from her role in Lucasfilm's The Mandalorian. According to a spokesperson for the company, Carano's social media posts were in question and lead to her termination from the show. Over the past few years, there have been social media posts or tweets that have lead to consequences from employers. Do employers have the right to do this? Can employers fire someone for their social media? Fired for Having an Unpopular Opinion? Some disgruntled f

How 2020 and the Pandemic Affected Background Checks

Since 2012, the VeriFirst Background Screening blog has measured the pulse of the background check community. Our posts have reflected changes in employment laws, employer concerns and helped to guide the best screening practices for human resources professionals. One of the ways we're able to determine our topics is to look back at the most popular posts of the year. 2020 was challenging in so many ways and the pandemic fueled much of what was read. Our top 10 blog posts of 2020 reveal that th

Background Screening and the Legalization of Marijuana

*Note: This post has been updated from its original post date of November 10, 2016. As of the November 2020 election, 15 states and Washington D.C. have passed broad legislation for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use and 34 states for medical use. States that now allow adult citizens to smoke weed include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont and Washington. Washington D.C. and

Why An Employee Would Quit Your Company during COVID-19

It's no secret that company culture is important for retaining good employees. The COVID-19 pandemic has also put a large amount of stress on working parents, causing many to leave their jobs to take care of their kids who are schooling from home. According to new research from the Census Bureau, one fifth of working adults, mostly mothers, have chosen unemployment because the virus affected their available childcare choices. If you're wondering why an employee would quit your company, read on

COVID-19 Testing As Part of Employment Background Checks

If you're looking for COVID-19 testing for your employees or prospective job candidates, VeriFirst can help. Our employee background screening services already include pre and post employment screening plus urinalysis drug screening. We have leveraged our current relationships with laboratories to offer virus testing to help keep your staff safe and healthy. Results will be delivered securely and in compliance with federal regulations. Read to learn more about COVID-19 testing as part of an em

How to Attract and Support LGBTQ Employees in the Workplace 🌈

In 2018, the Human Rights Campaign reported that nearly 50% of LGBTQ workers remain in the closet at their place of employment. The report revealed that these workers are told to dress more masculine or feminine or have heard others tell offensive jokes about being gay or lesbian. They're afraid to come out because they don't feel that they would be supported, they would face discrimination and it would ruin relationships with their co-workers. These fears lead to feelings of depression, exhaust

How Retailers Hire Quickly During a Pandemic

Mass layoffs, store and restaurant closures have left many hourly workers concerned about income and insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Retailers, such as Amazon, Instacart and Domino's Pizza, are taking advantage of an expanded talent pool to hire nearly a half a million employees. It's important that these employers hire efficiently as the situation and customer demand calls for it. Can employers hire quickly and still protect their interests? Here are best practices retailers are using
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