First Advantage Blog

Aug 19

The Times They are a-Changin’ for Criminal Record Checks in Canada

Big changes are on the way for criminal record checks in Canada. As proposed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), all checks in the future are to be processed using an individual's fingerprints rather than the current name-based system. If implemented as proposed, this will have significant ramifications for job seekers, volunteers and the organizations they work with. Here we answer key questions about the current process, how it's going to change and what the effects are likely to be.

Aug 12

What Do Consumers Really think about Background Checks?

The consumer point of view is a unique perspective often overlooked in the background screening and human capital management industries.  We know that in a global economy business decisions are made often based on some level of trust. And to gauge that level of confidence, many businesses rely on background screening to provide some intelligence that helps to build a trust foundation. But we wondered what do consumers, individual applicants or candidates feel about having to go through background checks when applying for a new job, a housing lease or volunteer work? We felt it was about time that the consumer's voice was also heard in this process.

Aug 10

Screening Job Candidates on Social Media: The Risk of Learning 'Too Much Information'

The economy is finally turning around and your company is expanding and staffing up to meet the challenge. Job applications come in through multiple channels, including posts on social media sites such as LinkedIn and Instagram. You're feeling the pressure and after narrowing the field of potential candidates, a quick Google search and some clicks on social media sites can yield a wealth of information. But is it accurate and are there legal risks involved? Legal and human resources professionals advise employers to proceed with caution when using social media to screen candidates.

Aug 03

Hack Attacks Impact Staffing: Protecting Data from Insider Threats

Almost every day, the headlines report another cybersecurity breach —Target, Home Depot, Sony Pictures, the Internal Revenue Service,  the U.S. Government, big banks, hotels and supermarkets. And, just recently, a major league baseball team has been accused of hacking a rival team's data in a case of corporate espionage. Nobody seems to be immune. Billions of dollars are lost, reputations are damaged, and business is disrupted. While the big names make the news, small businesses are proving to be equally vulnerable.

Jul 27

Tough at the Top

Recent history provides many examples of great commercial leaders doing great things for their respective companies – Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, to name an obvious few. These leaders have put their high profile status to great effect, creating recognizable, credible and valuable public personas for the organizations they represent. The integrity of Virgin, Microsoft and Apple – and almost every organization – rests heavily on the integrity of those who lead them. Unfortunately, not all high profile executives have withstood scrutiny as well as Branson, Gates and Jobs, and recent history provides many counter-examples of those who have fallen from grace, taking their organization's standing with them.

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