Employment Background

A healthy economy means many things for the trucking industry. With business growth comes more to manage: more freight to move, more miles to cover, more vehicles, and more drivers—about 6.2 million as of 2017—to keep everything rolling.

Good news for job hunters can mean hiring headaches for employers. The U.S. unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than 18 years—3.8 percent—according to the Department of Labor.1 And many employers are scrambling to stay fully staffed.

Compliance with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) REAL ID program for driver’s licenses is about more than getting onto airplanes. It also affects access to federal facilities and nuclear power plants, which may apply to anyone doing business with the government or utilities operating nuclear plants.

Affirmation is encouraging, and iiX received it in spades through responses to our annual customer survey. Almost 77% of our customers were likely to recommend us to a colleague, and a quarter rated our service as “superior,”1 thanks to prompt and personal attention, great results, and ease of use.

The recent Equifax data breach has potentially compromised the personal data of some 143 million Americans–or half the U.S. adult population. In what is thought to be the largest-recorded cyber breach ever, the names, birth dates, addresses, and Social Security and driver’s license numbers of consumers were compromised by unauthorized individuals. Some credit card information may also have been breached.

So, you want to know more about the people spending 8-plus hours working alongside you... Do a Google search for “background screening” and you’ll retrieve 11 million results. Search for “background screening companies” and the result is a paltry 6.5 million links.

Driving a truck or delivery van is a demanding job. Fatigue and the risk of falling asleep (drowsiness) behind the wheel are just two dangers truck drivers face on the road, and those risks are keeping fleet owners awake at night.

A new analysis by iiX finds that motor vehicle report (MVR) fees have increased an average of almost 50 percent during the past ten years. Nationwide, as of January 1, 2016, the average MVR fee will stand at $9.50, compared with $6.48 in 2005.

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