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How Employers Use Background Checks

Sending out resume after resume, but not getting any calls back for interviews? Wondering why your stellar experience and qualifications arenít getting you past the initial interview process? If either of these scenarios is familiar, you may want to conduct a background check on yourself - and you may not like what you find.

Effective January 2013, all employers conducting background checks are required by law to disclose their intentions to do so, and to seek written permission from the potential employee. The new guidelines fall under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which is administered by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Employers who fail to abide by the rules of the act are subject to fines from the FTC.

In the digital age, more and more employers are obtaining potential employee's approval, and with their consent conducting background checks before they extend a job offer. Financial companies may, for instance, wish to know if a potential employee has ever been arrested for theft before bringing them into their employ. A business which works with children in any capacity would want to be sure that any potential employee has never been suspected of or convicted of any child-abuse-related crime.

In addition to a background check, employers may search for other information about potential employees. Another popular source of information is a credit report. Like a background check, a credit report can only be conducted with a person's consent and authorization. A potential employer would have to seek your permission before doing it, thereby making you aware that the process is happening.

According to a report issued by EmployeeScreenIQ, 21 percent of the 738 respondents said they conducted credit checks on potential employees Ė a 15 percent increase over the previous year. However, four states now limit the use of credit checks during the hiring process. They are Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon and Washington.

Employers also like to check a personís education and work history to ensure they truly meet the qualifications for the job. With cases of "inflated" resumes on the rise, employers want to be sure that you truly have the education and experience you say you do. However, some states have confidentiality laws which prohibit the release of education records, military service records and medical records without a personís express written permission. If an employer intends to conduct such research, they will be required to seek your permission first.

Preece hopes short track background helps at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Ryan Preece is a rookie struggling to find his rhythm at NASCAR's top level. But as the series shifts to Martinsville Speedway, the first short track on the schedule, Preece ...

Published:  Sat, 23 Mar 2019 20:56:00 GMT



Arizona cattle rancher uses science background to breed better beef

Arizona cattle rancher uses science background to breed better beef Using a mix of gene selection and humane treatment, Chuck Backus is breeding cattle better suited to survive the heat of the Arizona ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Mar 2019 20:44:00 GMT



Background check tech firm Checkr eyes Denver for 'new office'

Startup worker vetting company Checkr has identified Denver on its shortlist of cities for a new office. The San Francisco-based tech company that runs 1 million background checks per month for mostly ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:00:00 GMT



Federal gun background checks fall to lowest monthly level in four years

The number of federal gun background checks fell 12 percent in February to their lowest level for the month in four years, surprising industry analysts who said the numbers indicate the market hasn't ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:47:00 GMT



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I may be in the minority, but I really love Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. It's not my favorite entry in the franchise, but honestly It's pretty close. Chloe and Nadine were an unexpectedly fun pairing, ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:40:00 GMT



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London-born DJ, producer and favourite of Jamz Supernova, Melle Brown is getting ready to release her debut EP, Intersection. The jewel in the EP's crown, "Background Noise", a slow-burning, ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:38:00 GMT



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