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Statewide Criminal Search Grading Chart

If you have been running employment background checks for a while, you probably know that the most reliable information source for a person’s criminal history is the county criminal search for state / local level offenses. Most criminal databases, either privately owned or even state-run, are not always as reliable as a county criminal search. […]

What is ProxyPics?

If you have a smart phone with a camera and you’re over the age of 18, you can sign up to take photos for ProxyPics, a Gig App that works with appraisers and property managers to get visual updates on real estate. The site pays freelancers between $10 and $125 per job. The cheaper jobs […]

Should You Outsource Social Media Screening?

  This article was authored by Ferretly and reposted with their permission.   It seems as though every day, we hear about someone getting fired for a controversial social media post or a brand getting negative publicity for an offensive post by an employee. While many companies have implemented social media policies, they typically do […]

How To Use Social Media Screening

There are numerous components of a background check that provide insight into a job candidate’s fitness for employment but most only reveal a single perspective. For example, a criminal records search can reveal job-related criminal convictions, but it doesn’t expose information about a candidate’s job experience. Reference and education checks reveal knowledge and job experience […]

Social Media Searches at SafestHires

  Who are you, really? That’s a question most employers want to know the answer to. Beyond your cover letter and resume or CV, what are you about? Are you trustworthy, respectful, responsible? Are you a hard worker? Will you follow through on promises? Because most people are on their best behavior during the interview […]

Top Reasons to Use the SafestHires Talent Suite

  Here are a few reasons to help convince management that a one-time investment of just $36.00 per hire to use the SafestHires Talent Suite is a good business decision. It streamlines and establishes a systematic new-hire process across the company. Includes a job application for your website and job boards, provides all background check […]

SafestHires Offers Social Media Screening

Did you know that most individuals who commit workplace violence such as physical and sexual assault have no criminal past? And that you can be held liable for employee’s online behavior? Employees’ sexual harassment, racist remarks and hate speech, insults and bullying, and threats of violence, represent tremendous reputational and legal risks to your organization. […]

Philadelphia Revises Background Check Law

  Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards (FCRSS) became effective in 2016.  The ordinance bans all employers in the city from inquiring into a candidate’s criminal history and requesting a criminal background check until a conditional offer of employment is made. Employers cannot reject a candidate based on a criminal record unless the conviction “bears such relationship […]

Recent Changes to N.Y. Fair Chance Act

  In 2019, The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act was enacted as part of the federal “ban the box” policy. According to the National Employment Law Project (Nelp), one in three adults have a criminal record. With the law in effect, 700,000 new applicants with records are estimated to have a fairer chance […]

Compliance Alert for Illinois Employers

  On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) that are effective immediately and that will impose significant compliance burdens on Illinois employers who conduct criminal background checks of applicants and employees. The new law limits the extent to which employers can use criminal convictions in hiring and […]


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