Preparing an RFP can be a daunting task. One of the most important issues is to do as much research and preparation up front in order to avoid mistakes that will hold up the process in the end.
Do your research– Do your research to ensure you are up to date on new processes and procedures in the background screening arena. Visit sites such as www.hr.com to read about industry trends and www.nabps.com to understand the background screening industry.
Update your program– Now is the time to run an audit of your current processes and procedures. Know the types of background components you currently perform and those components that you would like to perform on each role in your organization. It is important to understand any new legislation that has passed and find out which background screening providers have been mired in litigation because of cutting corners. Quality is key when it comes to background screening.
Take a lead role in the RFP process– Don’t allow non-HR units run the entire RFP process. Knowing the level of quality you need and the cost associated with that quality is important when selecting a background screening provider. Remember, quality is key when it comes to background screening. Too many companies run the RFP process as a method to reduce cost when ignoring HOW background checks are performed is more important than the cost of the service. There are entities such as the FCRA and the EEOC that audit the background screening programs of companies to ensure compliant processes are in place. With this in mind, you should do business with a background screening partner that is NAPBS accredited and focuses on quality and compliance.
Create a stakeholder committee– Make sure the decision-making committee is made up of stakeholders from multiple areas of the company. Human Resource and Talent Acquisition leaders are a must but you should include hiring managers from different business units to ensure all needs are being addressed.
Ask for differentiators– Most background screening providers think they do something differently than their competitors. Ask what that differentiator is and make sure it aligns with your philosophy.
Review a sample RFP template– Why re-create the wheel? There are sources that provide templates for RFPs (we’ve attached one for you from www.napbs.com) and this is a great way to build the framework of your RFP.
Remember as you go through the RFP process that it is imperative to work with a quality background screening partner in order to keep your company out of harm’s way. Contact CARCO Group to see how we can help you improve your talent acquisition process (through our HR technology) and reduce risk. 1-866-557-5984 or click here.
Employers would no longer be allowed to ask job applicants about their salary histories under a bill introduced in Congress Sept. 14. The bill by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., is designed to even the playing field among men and women and minorities doing substantially the same work.
SHRM Online reported that a spokesperson from Norton’s office projected that the bill would be introduced in the House of Representatives this week. Congress referred the bill to its House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Under the Pay Equity for All Act of 2016 (H.R. 6030), the U.S. Department of Labor would be able to assess fines up to $10,000 against employers who violate the law by asking questions about an applicant’s salary history. Additionally, prospective or current employees would be able to bring a private lawsuit against an employer who violated the law and could receive up to $10,000 in damages plus attorney fees.
On a state level, Massachusetts just signed a pay equity law making it the first state to enact this type of legislation. New York and California have similar laws pending approval.
The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
Effective September 13, 2016, CARCO Group, Inc. is a listed participant and is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework. This certification enables CARCO to effectuate transfers of personal data during the background screening process to the United States from the European Union while ensuring that EU data subjects continue to benefit from effective safeguards and protection as required by European legislation.
“As a major provider of international employment screening and HR related services, it is imperative that the information flowing from the EU to the US be protected,” stated Bruce Berger, CARCO’s Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Berger further stated, “It is imperative that the individual about whom the information relates is comfortable with the manner in which the information is handled and protected, and that there are established procedures in place for the individual to access, verify, dispute, and correct, if necessary, that information. CARCO is extremely concerned about the lives which can be impacted by information handling practices and strives to protect the individual in every possible way. We are extremely proud at our being one of the earliest adopters of the EU Privacy Shield Framework.”
The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework was designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce. On July 12, 2016, the European Commission deemed the Privacy Shield Framework adequate to enable data transfers under EU law (see the adequacy determination).
To view CARCO’s EU US Privacy Shield Privacy Statement, click here.
Employers should note that on Aug. 25, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The revised form must be published by Nov. 22, 2016.
However, employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N until Jan. 21, 2017, at which time all previous versions of Form I-9 will be invalid. In the meantime, USCIS is in the process of getting the new form changes implemented.
We will continue to monitor and report the latest news on the revised Form I-9.
For information on how CARCO’s electronic I-9/E-Verify solution will keep you compliant, click here.