What’s the Hold Up? Why Some Records Take Time.

Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer (growls): “Where’s the results on Danny O’Toole?” Ann (gulps coffee as though her life depended on it): “Let me take a look” (opens database). “We are waiting for the results of searches in San Diego.” Customer: “That’s dumb. San Diego is big Metropolitan City. Why don’t you just…

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Instant and Cheap Aren’t Always the Best Options

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “I have got the BEST DEAL EVER on background checks. It’s the Nationwide Super Search.” Ann (flips through mail): “Mmmm-hmmmmm. Is it cheap?” Customer: “Way cheaper than those court searches you’re so fond of. It’s like pocket change. I can still buy donuts and not miss…

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Don’t Strike Out – Hit Background Check Homeruns

Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “Swing and a miss! Did I sound like Harry Caray?” Ann: “Beg Pardon?” (puts down coffee cup). Customer: “Is there a background screening equivalent of striking out?” Ann (very pointedly): You know there is. Customer: “Lay it on me!” Ann: “We both need to get out more.”  …

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Wisdom from Yogi Berra as it applies to background checks (stay with me here)

Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “You know who I miss?  Yogi Berra.  I bet he would have had something to say about your background checks.” Ann: “Yogi Berra?” Customer: “You know—he was a great catcher, coach and manager, played mostly for the Yankees.” Ann: “Well, yeah, I know who Yogi Berra is.  But…

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “I heard you took in an Angel’s game this weekend.” Ann (tosses baseball cap onto the hatrack): “We did! (Hums “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”) Would you like to know what I saw that reminds me that baseball and background checks are so similar? Customer: “I cannot…

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“Ban-the-Box” Law Comes to New Mexico

On April 3, 2019, Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham signed the “Criminal Offender Employment Act” into law. What this law means: New Mexico is the latest state to adopt statewide legislation prohibiting private employers from making inquiries into an applicant’s criminal history on the initial employment application. The state also enacted legislation prohibiting employers from asking applicants…

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FRCA Procedures – How to Handle the Background Check Results

Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer (proudly): “I have correct paperwork to start the background check! Everything is peach-dory!” Ann: “That’s great! What are you going to do if you get information back that would keep you from hiring your applicant?” Customer: “I sense a trap.” Ann: “Well, not a trap. But there is…

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FCRA Procedures – what you need to know to be compliant

Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer (whining): “You want too much paperwork.” Ann: “While I do have a black belt in paperwork [it’s true—look it up], it’s not me that requires the paperwork. It’s the Federal Trade Commission, they wrote the Fair Credit Reporting Act which governs Consumer Reporting Agencies like Cutting Edge Background…

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Why going with you gut isn’t always the best answer.

Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “I hear a lot going with the word “consistency” in background checks.” Ann (goes to sit, raises chair, assistant who borrowed it last likes to sit in a hole): “It is important. You don’t want to appear discriminatory and get sued for that.” Customer: “But I can save…

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Hiring employees in today’s world can be challenging in many ways. With these simple tips and guidelines, you can learn how to avoid toxic workers in a #MeToo, High-Tech, Active Shooter, Headlines, Juries and Ban the Box world.