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Staffing up safely

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.

As companies compete for the best candidates, it’s tempting but potentially dangerous to be satisfied simply with filling vacancies. The situation is ripe for bad hires if employers don’t have the right tools to screen their applicants.

Even in a tight labor market, the basics are important:

  • Does the driver you’re hiring have a clean record? Motor vehicle reports (MVRs) hold many of the answers, if you have quick access to them.
  • Does your applicant have a criminal history, an entry on a government watch list, or someone else’s Social Security number? Criminal background checks can help you have peace of mind.
  • Is your candidate telling the truth about past jobs and education? Verification searches confirm the truth and reveal false claims.
  • Are you complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by telling applicants about screening results? Streamlined handling of Adverse Action Notices can help you follow the rules.

At iiX, we’ve been helping employers make the right hires—and keep the best people—for more than 30 years. If you’ve been with us on this journey, thanks. And please let us know how we can serve you better. If you’re not a customer yet, we’d love to talk with you about how we can help make hiring and managing people easier.

Robby Hobbs

Robby Hobbs is general manager of iiX, a Verisk business, and can be reached at

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