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Top 5 reasons criminal background screening reports are delayed

Alicia Egli
Jul 15, 2021 Background Screening, Compliance,

As a CRA, we understand the importance of turning around criminal reports in a timely manner. However it’s also important for the employer to understand what can cause delays. Working together to achieve the best turn-around time (TAT) possible and getting applicants hired is of the utmost importance. Read More

Background Screening Delays in the COVID-19 Era

Alicia Egli
Apr 27, 2021 Background Screening, Compliance,

The criminal report portion of background checks have been affected by county court closures.  Many of the courts reduced staff, closed operation to the public or closed completely sending their entire staff home affecting our researcher’s availability to access court records in a timely manner. Many states have improved to Read More

RSI is expanding its client service commitments with Kathleen Lapekas – PHR, SHRM-CP

Brad Odil
Jan 25, 2021 RSI Press Releases,

Reference Services, Inc is expanding its client service commitments by adding Kathleen Lapekas - PHR, SHRM-CP to our growing list of background screening professionals. As a professional background screening company, RSI is dedicated to providing quality reports with superior customer service. Now we are prepared to take the next step Read More

Adverse Action: What is it and are you compliant with the law?

Alicia Egli
Jan 04, 2021 Background Screening, Compliance,

The term Adverse Action is explained in Section 603 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act as all business, credit and employment actions affecting consumers that can be considered to have a negative impact. What is an Adverse Action letter? With respect to background checks, an Adverse Action letter is a Read More

Authorization and Disclosure Forms….Are You Compliant?

Alicia Egli
Oct 02, 2020 Background Screening,

As most of you know, under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, an employer who wishes to obtain a consumer report or “background check” for a job applicant or current employee must provide a “clear and conspicuous disclosure” to the individual in order to receive written authorization from them before obtaining Read More

New Marijuana Laws have companies questioning current drug testing policies

Brad Odil
Jul 21, 2020 Background Screening, Drug Testing,

Professional Background Screening firms like Reference Services, Inc (RSI) operate in a controlled, regulated and transparent process in order to adhere to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The FCRA requires RSI to following strict reporting standards and state laws. Our primary responsibility is to protect the consumer by assuring Read More

6 Steps in Understanding the Background Screening process

Marie Hunton
Apr 01, 2020 Background Screening,

Professional Background Screening firms like Reference Services, Inc (RSI) operate in a controlled, regulated and transparent process in order to adhere to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The FCRA requires RSI to following strict reporting standards and state laws. Our primary responsibility is to protect the consumer by assuring Read More

The Ins and Outs of Criminal Reporting Turnaround Time (TAT)

Brad Odil
Mar 19, 2020 Background Screening,

Turnaround time — also referred to as TAT — refers to the length of time it takes for a background check to be completed. In the background screening industry, the general industry average TAT is three to five days for a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) to deliver results to Read More

Easy to Use Applicant Tracking Software – Reference Services, Inc

Marie Hunton
Jan 06, 2020 Applicant Tracking System, Background Screening, RSI Press Releases,

It is time to stop collecting resumes over email. Tracking applicants with spreadsheets is not reliable either. It is time for a change. It is time to optimize your hiring process with our applicant tracking software. Take a look around at how we can help you track your applicants through Read More