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Event:  How to find trustworthy employees

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Looking to hire trustworthy employees? Don't know how to find them?

With 30 years of experience in the background-screening industry, Acxiom Information Security Services provides legally compliant reports including 100 percent in-person/real-time criminal record checks, fingerprinting, drug testing, credit reports, verification services and driving records.

Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, Acxiom Corporation is a global leader in helping companies maximize the value of information. Their innovative information management solutions provide critical insights into consumers that help companies acquire and build stronger, more profitable relationships with their customers.

Acxiom has reduced employee turnover and related costs by up to 50 percent, while also saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in employee theft annually.

On March 5th @ 2PM EST, Jim Dammann, Head of Risk at Acxiom Corp, will be joining the SBOC to answer all your background screening questions. Ask now to ensure he has time to respond. Jim will be able to answer questions such as:
  • Are my current hiring and screening practices legal?
  • How does the Fair Credit Reporting Act fit in with background checks?
  • How many different search methodologies are there and what the pros and cons of each?
  • Do screening standards change?
  • What are the different types of individual screening services available in the market
  • Re: How to find trustworthy employees
    CommunityTeam Novice
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    Hiring the right employee is critical to a successful business. Join us on March 5 as Acxiom Corporation shares with us tips on employee background screening. Post your question now and check back during the event or after for Acxiom's response.
    • Re: How to find trustworthy employees
      andynj38 Newbie
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      this is a very useful topic and i am very much interested in getting more information because i maybe hiring in the nearest future. i will like to be contacted by the organizer of this events.
      andy
      info@vinonagroup.biz
      508-584-4499
      very important to contact me.
      good topic.
  • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
    Howard Novice
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    I run a small family run convenience store and we hired part time help outside our immediate family this fall. We were lucky that it worked out. I would like to free up more of my time and hire another part time worker. This of course gets my wife very nervous. I think we are most concerned about accidently hiring someone who has a history with the law. Are there any free resources I can leverage? Any systems in the library, city, or on the web that ensures who I am hiring isn't a felon? What information would I need from the applicant for this check (that I can obtain legally via employment application)?
    • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
      jdammann1 Newbie
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      Howard,
      Criminal records are public record and you can walk into most court houses in the United States and retrieve criminal information about an individual. Many courts are viewing this as a source of revenue and they are beginning to charge for this information. More courts are also offering free access to the public records but you must be forewarned that many of the searches are typically name and date of birth only which is truthfully not an accurate search because there are possibilities that a person can share the same name and same date of birth. Many courts have removed social security numbers due to identity theft so using free information is not always the most accurate or up to date. When your applicants complete the application you should have name, address, social security number and date of birth to accurately complete a search. Your release form should be separate from the application. Having a separate but conspicuous release form informs your applicant that you are serious!
  • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
    OrganicMix Newbie
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    When you want to screen an employee do you have to tell them? Or have them sign a consent form? Or is it legal to do it without them knowing?
  • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
    devaney Novice
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    What are my rights as an employee? What can or can't an employer request? Or are they at liberty to request any type of information because I am applying to work for their company?
    • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
      jdammann1 Newbie
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      When you apply for a job, the employer must have you sign a release prior to the background investigation. Once the release is signed the employer is at liberty to request any information about you that they can search either via public records or contacting references. The Fair Credit Reporting Act also allows you as an applicant to know your rights under the federal law. The employer should provide to you the specific consumer right documents document that outlines your rights as a consumer. Several States also have specific consumer rights documents that you can get from your employer.
  • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
    SBC Team Master
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    Jim welcome to the Community! To start us off can you tell about why background checks are important?

    Community - feel free to post questions to Jim. And remember to refresh your screens often so you can see his latest response.
    • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
      jdammann1 Newbie
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      Background checks are important because it can reduce poor hiring practices which can lead to loss in productivity, theft and workplace violence indicents. Workplace violence issues can lead to negative press which could lead into damage of a company's reputation and it could impact future company earnings. The latest information on negligent hiring lawsuits show the average lawsuit over two million dollars.
  • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
    Generation4 Novice
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    What do you think about "investigating" a prospective employee by searching Facebook or Myspace. Do you think that would be helpful or reliable? And would you recommend that?
  • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
    jackzee Newbie
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    Is it possible to use these background checking services for "personal" purposes? Such as requests to do a background check on a potential son-in-laws or daughter in-law?
  • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
    SBC Team Master
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    Jim - Employee background screening is a new concept for many so can you describe to the Community the main types of background checks that are available in the industry or from Acxiom?
    • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
      jdammann1 Newbie
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      There are many background checks in our industry. The most common background check begins with the verification of a persons social security number in combination with a criminal record search. The most common criminal record check begins at the county court house. Criminal records at the county courts are public record and most background screening companies will search for criminal records at the county courts where ever a person has lived for the last 7 years. Other commonly used tools to screen people are sex offender databases, drug testing and driving records. Many employers in today's economy don't have the man power to verify information found on resumes and applications so it is a growing trend to outsource the verification of employment and education. Lastly the federal government has required companies to verify if a person can work in the United States through the E-verify program. This is another tool to screen employees.
  • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
    FCPainter Novice
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    Is it legal for me to ask new employees to provide me with written recommendations from other employers
  • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
    simon07 Novice
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    What are the trends in this industry? Increasingly are more companies seeking these types of services?
    • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
      jdammann1 Newbie
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      One of the most increasing trends in the industry is to re-screen employees on an annual basis for criminal records as well as sex offender information. Secondly many employers are now requiring many of the contractors that enter an employer office or work environment to go through the same standard background check that a "new hire" would go through with an employer.
  • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
    start_up Newbie
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    Is it legal to ask a potential employee to let you also run a background check on the rest of the household that they come from. Sometimes, with fraud, I worry more about someone working in partnership with a non-employee partner
  • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
    SBC Team Master
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    Thank you Jim for taking the time today to share your industry expertise with the Community. Members if you'd like more information about background screening services, you can learn more visiting Axciom's website at http://www.acxiom.com
  • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
    SBC Team Master
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    Jim, How does the Fair Credit Reporting Act fit in with background checks?
    • Re: Event Mar. 5:  How to find trustworthy employees
      jdammann1 Newbie
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      The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)was enacted by Congress in 1970 to protect consumers. The Fair Credit Reporting Act was put in place to require consumer reporting agencies like background screening companies and credit bureaus to "adopt reasonable procedures" to protect consumer information. All background screening companies and credit bureaus produce reports that speak of the person's character, mode of living, etc. The FCRA allows for individuals to dispute information on their report with background screening companies and credit bureaus. You can learn more about the Fair Credit Reporting Act at www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/fcra.htm

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