Background Checks, LIARs and Guns on the Job


As the debate over gun control rages, some observers believe letting employees carry guns to work is the answer.

Any employer considering guns at work should have a good background check policy in place first.

Background checks and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In the aftermath of several high-profile workplace shootings, some observers think the answer is arming employees, or allowing workers to bring guns to the job.

Not every employer will accept an armory at the office is the answer. However, before any business even considers allowing guns in the workplace, first they had better have a policy of full and extensive background checks on all employees in place.

Human resources need LIARs

In human resources, the best approach is LIARs—“Look Into All References.”

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Job Seekers! What Human Resources Learn About YOU!


In today’s job environment, job seekers have to hit the ground running. And human resources are always trying to stay one step ahead, to get to the truth about candidates.

Human resources can find a wealth of information about you!One of the first things a job seeker usually does will be to try to clean up their social networking profiles; they will be frantically deleting embarrassing photos, offensive language and information that could make judgment and character an issue with employers.

They hope and pray that this will be enough to protect their online reputation from mistakes that should rightly be buried. Unfortunately, that may not be enough.

Human resources departments now look a little deeper than just a social media footprint when recruiting and hiring job candidates. According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), employers now have the right to request consumer and credit reports before hiring you, even as a contract employee.

What things will a human resources department see when they perform a credit check on you?

In this infographic from LawQA.com, there is now a better answer. It shows you exactly what is and is not counted in these consumer and credit reports, as well as background checks.

Some things they won’t get in these reports:

  • Medical or health records
  • Information, such as taxes and collections, from seven years ago or more (however, that does not include criminal records—they will appear in most background checks!)
  • Purged convictions

Even though, this leaves an enormous chunk of data in the hands of potential employers! Many of this data can be used to make the hiring decision. In a recent report from CBS News, human resources pros often look for five pieces of information from background checks or similar credit and consumer reports:

  • Education
  • Licensing verification
  • Credit history
  • Employment verification
  • Criminal history

By reading this infographic carefully, you can learn exactly what information a human resources department can obtain on you. You can also perform a background check on yourself (Ovation Technologies provides a criminal background check for only $20!), checking for mistakes, erroneous information and other things that can be corrected, before it is too late!

Infographic after the jump…

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You Check Your Credit, Why Not Your Criminal Background? [Infographic]


What will you find in YOUR background check?You hear it everywhere; in the news, advertising in print and on TV.

What’s in YOUR credit report?

With the importance of good credit for your financial condition, it is necessary to check your credit history regularly.

In fact, it is so essential, financial planners recommend you run a check ONCE A YEAR, if not MORE!

People who are smart about their finances do not question the wisdom; so why don’t you do the same for your CRIMINAL BACKGROUND?

Problems appearing in a criminal background check are the same issues that arise in credit histories:

How can you be sure what is in your records is accurate and correct?

Protect your reputation today with your own background check. It’s not only good to know what others—such as possible employers—will discover, but it will give you an opportunity to fix any serious errors.

This infographic from Ovation Technologies outlines how a criminal background check can reveal various errors, the same problems that occur in a credit report.

But there is a difference; in the case of a criminal report, serious errors could send you to JAIL! Arm yourself with the truth; knowledge of what exactly is in your background.

Before it’s too late!

Infographic after the jump…

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Ovation & Simply Hired: Partners for Better Hiring


Ovation Technologies Announces Partnership with SimplyHired and a New Personal Background Check Feature for Job Seekers

Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) November 28, 2012

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Tampa Bay based software company, Ovation Technologies, announced a partnership with SimplyHired that makes it easier for employers to advertise jobs through the Ovation hiring tool.

Ovation helps businesses create professional job posts that attract applicants and then post them to social networks and job boards. It also simplifies the selection process by ranking incoming candidates according to suitability so the best ones stand out.

Ovation actually makes hiring fun!

Job posts powered by SimplyHired.com gives Ovation users the option to reach an even wider range of potential job candidates in order to find the best fit for openings. SimplyHired.com joins Indeed.com and Monster.com and others as job board options for businesses using Ovation.

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Personal Background Checks for Job Seekers

Ovation Technologies also announced that a new feature for job seekers. Personal Background Check is a feature that allows job seekers to run their own personal background screens to discover what employers see when running these checks.

Erroneous background results can cost candidates a job, so the new Personal Background Check option from Ovation Technologies gives job seekers an opportunity to find and fix mistakes. These checks can also help pinpoint identity theft issues, so job candidates will have no reason to worry about what employers are seeing when running a background check.

A recent study by SHRM revealed that 70% of employers check backgrounds; shouldn’t you know what they are seeing?

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Background Checks: Fast and Affordable


Do you know what your background check would reveal?  Future employers will probably find out!

Background Checks are our Specialty!

Why do employers check the background of prospective employees?

Recent SHRM research reports that 69 percent of companies perform background checks on all candidates. Most companies (62 percent) that do background checks only do so after a job offer has been made.

The reasons employers order background checks?

  • 53 percent of job applications include incorrect info.
  • 10 percent of all background checks reveal a significant implication. (Society of Human Resource Professionals)
  • 30 percent of business failures are caused by employee theft. (American Management Association)
  • Costs of a poor hire are about 30 percent of the potential first-year salary. (US Department of Labor)
  • 16 percent of executive resumes contain false academic claims. (Business Week)

Negligent hiring lawsuits are on the rise….

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SHRM Report: Use of Background Checks in Hiring


SHRM Survey Findings: BackgroundChecking—The Use of Criminal BackgroundChecks in Hiring Decisions

Do organizations conduct criminal background checks on job candidates? If they do, how often and under what circumstances?

Courtesy: 2012 backgroundcheck criminal_final from shrm

This study by the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 69 percent of companies claim to conduct criminal background checks on all of their job candidates.

  • Some key highlights:

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