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Advantage February 2012

Feb 2012

From The Top - Rob BassoFebruary 2012 Newsletter

From The Top
By Rob Basso
President, Advantage Payroll Services

At Advantage Payroll Services, we’re committed to providing you with the tools and resources you need to help your business run at top efficiency. Hiring in today’s economy can be a big task, and you want to make sure that your new hire is thoroughly vetted, especially if your staff is working with sensitive or confidential information. That’s why we offer instant and affordable background services. Conveniently located online through our website, we provide you access to complete employment screening solutions.

This not only provides you with secure and affordable access to a web-based national criminal and sex offender directory that includes over 507 million criminal records, it also allows you access to motor vehicle reports, credit reports, county criminal records and much more. Most employer background checks focus on employment history, educational background, credit history, motor vehicle history and criminal background and verify information that employees have provided in resumes and on job applications. Running an employee background check can not only be helpful in better understanding the applicant, but can also be useful in protecting a business from liability so protect yourself and your business.

Background checks can uncover anything from:

  • False or misleading information given by job applicants, estimated by some sources at 30 to 40 percent of all information given on resumes and job applications.
  • Fallout from corporate scandals, such as Enron and WorldCom
  • Negligent hiring lawsuits, where a company is sued because an employee caused harm to someone else.

What type of searches can you run? Use our easy to navigate background screening services to run anything from credit reports to drug tests to driving records or even just verifying a Social Security number. The next time you’re ready to hire, hire smart. Call your Advantage Payroll representative to ask about our easy, comprehensive and affordable background screenings today.

If you have an interesting topic or would like to offer your expertise to fellow business professionals, consider participating in our newsletter. Please contact us with your ideas and suggestions today at newsletter@liadvantage.com, or call Christine Cesarino at (516) 931-8400 ext 17.

Q & A With Melissa Di Diego, Advantage Operations Manager

1. What is the most popular search?
Every client’s background search needs are different so there isn’t one most popular search. One of the best features, however, are the “levels” of searches that we offer. Each ‘level’ includes a different number of searches that would be run on a new hire based on their position. The choices range from administrative to an executive package. It makes much more sense to utilize a level that fits your needs instead of ordering five individual searches and paying double the amount. Many of our customers have commented how convenient the “level” option searches are and how competitively priced it is.

2. How quickly will I get the results of my searches?
Most of the searches give instantaneous results. Since the search is run by the client online, they will get the information they need once they enter the prospective employee’s necessary information. In the case of the County Court Records search, that requires a 48-72 hour turnaround as those records are sealed at the county court. A representative goes to the courts on your behalf to get the information. Once it is in hand, it is forwarded to you immediately.

3. Why are state searches available if there are cheaper national packages that can be selected?
The state searches are there in case more specific or more in-depth information is required. The national packages may show an arrest or a warrant but not what it was for. If you are interested in getting more into detail you can search in the state or even the county that the arrest/warrant took place.

4. I see you have certain packages for different industries. I don’t see what I need in one of those packages, now what?
We have many industry specific searches that can fit your needs. If we don’t offer a package that’s right for your organization, we can work with you to create any type of level or package that you need and require. As a complimentary feature for our clients, we can mix and match any searches needed to suite your needs.

5. I would like to sign up for background screening services. What paperwork do you need from me to set this up?
None! The entire set up process is online. Simply to go: http://liadvantage.nationalcrimesearch.com/ and click on Register Now! It is a 3 step registration process. The billing will be set up through your Advantage client ID so make sure to have that available as well. You can register and then start your search within minutes.

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