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December 14, 2017
Purchasing rental property in a college town can be a lucrative investment. Landlords near colleges and universities benefit from high demand, stable rental markets, and an ample pool of would-be tenants. However, renting to students can also have downsides — such as high turnover, poor treatment of the property, and late rent payments by young ...
December 5, 2017
Background checks serve as an important step in the application process, providing confirmation of candidates’ credentials and peace of mind for employers. In some cases, comprehensive background checks unearth significant errors — both intentional and unintentional. False information on resumes has become increasingly common, and the repercussions can include hiring unqualified or ill-intentioned workers. Sorting ...
November 21, 2017
Making a bad hire can prove costly for your business in wasted resources, damage to your reputation, and lower morale among your team. By conducting a criminal background check for employment as part of your screening process, you reduce the chances of bringing in an employee with a troubling criminal past. All too often, applicants ...
November 14, 2017
Replacing an employee can involve a variety of predictable costs, including recruiting and advertising an open position, travel for interviews, signing bonuses, relocation and training. In addition, high turnover rates can impact your business in unexpected ways, through reduced morale, lost knowledge and lowered productivity. In many cases, smart hiring decisions can help reduce turnover ...
September 6, 2017
Employers, landlords, hiring managers and others who use background information to make decisions about applicants must comply with a variety of federal laws designed to protect the rights of consumers and aid in the prevention of discrimination. One of those laws, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), lays out a number of duties for anyone ...
August 1, 2017
How To Tell When Lease Applicants Lie Or Hide The Truth When you have an opening for a tenant, you want to find someone who is responsible and trustworthy. However, there is a risk that an applicant could lie on an application, misrepresenting himself or herself in an attempt to gain tenancy. Learn common reasons ...
July 28, 2017
Most hiring managers understand the importance of background checks in protecting businesses from unqualified and unscrupulous employees. However, background checks vary significantly in their quality and ability to cause more harm than good. Getting careless when conducting background checks — either through questionable outside agencies or inexperienced in-house personnel — can cause your business to ...
June 14, 2017
If you perform criminal background checks as part of the screening process for new hires, it’s critical that you understand what you’re looking at. Making a decision not to hire a candidate because of information that was misinterpreted could leave your company open to potential legal liability and claims of employment discrimination. Interpreting the Results ...
June 1, 2017
If a rental applicant thinks you discriminated against him or her, the applicant could sue. To protect yourself from a tenant lawsuit and safeguard your property from problem renters, it’s important to screen all tenants. Learn why and how to screen tenants legally every time you advertise an available apartment. Why You Need to Screen ...
May 24, 2017
Thanks to the digital economy, today’s workforce has gone global. For many organizations, hiring international workers with a wide variety of skills has become critical for business success. In 2015, nearly 1.4 million foreign-born people immigrated to the United States. India stood as the top country of origin, followed by China, Mexico, the Philippines and ...
May 3, 2017
Thorough Screenings — The Time Taken Is Time Well Spent It’s tempting to take people at their word: No one is perfect and minor record blemishes may not adequately convey the motivations and character of an applicant. Property and hiring managers also have numerous responsibilities, and it can be difficult to find time to complete ...
April 3, 2017
License verification is necessary to ensure that job applicants are who they say they are, and that they possess the skills and educational experience necessary to perform the tasks required. If a hospital gives surgical privileges to someone who doesn’t have valid credentials, the medical facility could be exposed to lawsuits and sanctions. Colleges and ...