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SRA Screening Insights

Welcome to the inaugural edition of ‘SRA Screening Insights’ our new newsletter! Message from the Editors Our goal is to provide you with entertaining & insightful news, stories, and topics of discussion in the background screening and human resources world to position you to make the best possible hiring decisions. We hope you enjoy our

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Striking the Balance: Achieving Efficient and Accurate Background Checks in Hiring

In today’s competitive job market, organizations across industries strive to fill positions promptly. However, in the pursuit of speed, it’s essential to maintain a balance between efficiency and accuracy in background screening processes. In this blog post, we explore the importance of striking this balance and highlight the key factors to consider when conducting background

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New York’s Clean Slate Deal: Balancing Felony Exemptions in Automatic Sealing and the Impact on Background Checks

June 14, 2023 Introduction: New York’s recent Clean Slate deal has achieved a significant milestone in criminal justice reform, bringing attention to the exemptions for serious felonies in automatic sealing and its implications for background checks. This legislation exemplifies the delicate balance between rehabilitation and public safety. Let’s explore the details of this groundbreaking agreement

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U.S. Legislation That May Impact Background Screening In 2023: Part Three – Pay Transparency Laws Address Wage Equality And Negotiation Empowerment

Forbes Article, June 8, 2013 Introduction: In the realm of background screening practices, 2023 witnesses legislative efforts in the United States to address pay transparency, wage equality, and negotiation empowerment. These measures aim to promote fairness and equality in the workplace by addressing the gender pay gap and empowering employees during salary negotiations. In this

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New Regulations in New York Shape the Application of AI in Hiring Processes

Introduction: New York has recently implemented new regulations aimed at governing the utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) in hiring practices. These regulations come as a response to concerns regarding potential biases and discrimination that may arise from the use of AI algorithms during the hiring process. By establishing guidelines and standards, the state aims to

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Transforming Background Screening: The Implications of AI in the HR Industry

The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies has brought about transformative changes in various sectors, and the human resources (HR) industry is no exception. One area within HR that is significantly impacted by AI is background screening—a critical process for evaluating prospective employees. In this article, we delve into the implications of AI in the

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What is an Employment Background Check?

An employment background check is a thorough investigation conducted by employers to verify and assess the information provided by job applicants. It involves gathering data from various sources to evaluate an individual’s employment history, educational background, criminal records, credit history, and other relevant information. By conducting background checks, employers aim to make informed hiring decisions,

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Remedying the Effects of Identify Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your name, Social Security number, date of birth, or other identifying information, without authority, to commit fraud. For example, someone may have committed identity theft by using your personal information to open a credit card account or get a loan in your name. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

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Did You Know? Hard vs Soft Credit Checks

While you may have heard the terms “hard and soft inquiries” used often when it comes to applying for credit, few people know what they really mean and how they impact credit scores. Hard and soft credit inquiries are both requests to view your credit by retailers, financial institutions, and other lenders. It’s not just

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The Myth About a National Criminal History Search

Anyone who has the responsibility of hiring employees and overseeing employment background screening for their dealership has heard the term “national criminal history” search. Although the title sounds all-encompassing when doing a background search, it really is not, which will be explained later in this article. There are a number of criminal records repositories an

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Background Screening, Access Fees and Pricing

Sometimes your background screening company may charge you something referred to as “access fees.” These fees are nothing more than a tax levied by a particular county or state to access either criminal records or Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) records. These fees are passed along to the client in addition to the fee charged

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Is an Arrest a Conviction?

The average person may not understand the difference between being arrested and being convicted of a crime. As an employer conducting employment background checks, understanding the difference is imperative. An arrest is not a conviction. Also, an arrest does not mean the person is guilty of anything. An individual may have been arrested but may

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