Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Best Online DIY Background

After much research and analysis of employee background check services, we recommend BackgroundReport.com as the best online DIY background check website. We chose BackgroundReport.com from a pool of the dozens of background check services we considered. To read our full methodology and for a more comprehensive list of background-check services, visit our best picks roundup page here. If you’re still trying to get an understanding of what kind of background check service you need, check out our guide on how to choose a background check service.  Why BackgroundReport.com? BackgroundReport.com is an affordable, do-it-yourself online service that provides instant results and complies with federal background check laws. FCRA Compliant What makes BackgroundReport.com such an attractive option is that, since it complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), it is one of the few online background check websites that legally allows you to conduct pre-employment job screening. The key differentiator between the websites that don’t follow the FCRA laws and BackgroundReport.com is that this service actively involves the job candidate during the screening process. Each time you use this service to run a background check, the job candidate is notified by email that it’s being conducted and is given a copy of the report to review when the check is finished.

Many of the websites we investigated allowed you to run instant searches on anyone, without their consent. The problem with these types of searches is that besides being illegal for employment-screening purposes, the information is often inaccurate and the job candidate has no chance to respond to what’s found. We like that this website ensures that, if any adverse information is discovered, the job candidate has the opportunity to provide an explanation before a decision is made on whether or not that person is hired.  Additionally, websites that aren’t FCRA-compliant have specific wording in their “terms of use,” specifying that the service should not be used for pre-employment screening. If you take the risk and use one of these services and a job candidate finds out, you could potentially be facing a hiring lawsuit, which typically comes with significantly hefty fines. – See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7637-best-online-background-check-site.html#sthash.Kd9KaFqv.dpuf

Check Service for Very Small Business

After much research and analysis of employee background check services, we recommend GoodHire as the best background check service for very small businesses. We chose GoodHire from a pool of the dozens of background check services we considered. To read our full methodology and for a more comprehensive list of background check services, visit our best picks roundup page here. If you’re still trying to get an understanding of what kind of background check service you need, check out our guide on how to choose a background check service.

Why GoodHire?

GoodHire offers three levels of background checks that can be purchased on an individual basis. It has an easy-to-use online portal and provides outstanding customer service.

Services and Cost

Out of all of the background check services we examined, GoodHire had some of the most affordable prices for the services provided. The company offers three different background check plans, as well as add-on services that can be tacked on to each package.

What makes GoodHire so appealing to very small businesses is that background checks can be ordered one at a time and there is no minimum amount that must be purchased. Here is a breakdown of the company’s plans:

Basic

  • Cost: $29.99 per report:
  • Includes: A social security number trace and address locator for that social security number, a national criminal database search and a sex-offender list check.

Standard

  • Cost: $54.99 per report
  • Includes: A social security number trace and address locator for that social security number, a national criminal database search, a sex-offender list check, a domestic terrorist watchlist check and a seven-year county criminal court check for up to three counties. (County court searches are conducted in person.)

Premium

  • Cost: $79.99 per report
  • Includes: A social security number trace and address locator for that social security number, a national criminal database search, a sex-offender list check, a domestic terrorist watchlist check, a seven-year county criminal court check for up to three counties, and employee and education verifications. (County court searches are conducted in person.)

Add-on services

  • Motor vehicle records check: $14.99 each
  • Drug screening: $59.99 to $74.99 each. Test for the use of amphetamines, phencyclidine, cocaine, opiates, marijuana, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, methaqualone and propoxyphene.
  • Employment credit reports: $14.99 each. GoodHire representatives call the employers listed on a resume to verify employment dates, the position candidates held and their salaries.
  • Education verification: $14.99 each. This validates school attendance, major and degrees received.
  • Professional license verification: $14.99 each. Verifies an applicant’s professional license and whether the license is in good standing.
  • Global terrorist watchlist check: $14.99 each. This is an expanded most-wanted search to international criminal and terrorist databases.

What is The Benefits of Paperless Payroll

unduhan-52No longer does running payroll require you to print out and maintain mountains of paperwork. Today’s online payroll systems help small business make the process completely paperless.

Rather than having to print out payroll reports, pay employees with paper checks, and record time and attendance via a paper time sheet, online payroll programs let you handle all of these tasks electronically.

“Paperless payroll is a term that describes how an entire payroll can be processed without generating any paper,” Eric Wade, a paperless payroll expert for payroll system provider Paychex, told Business News Daily.

While having all of these tasks completed online might make some small business owners nervous, there are a variety of benefits to running a paperless payroll. Most notably, it is an extremely green practice, Wade said.

“Switching to paperless payroll is environmentally friendly, requiring less paper and printing resources,” he said.

The benefits, however, are far from limited to environmental advantages. There are also tremendous cost savings.  Wade said research from the Electronics Payments Association and the American Payroll Association (APA) found that businesses save between $2.87 and $3.15 per pay run by paying employees electronically, such as via direct deposit, instead of via paper check. Businesses save another $1.20 by providing pay stubs online, the research found.

“In addition, the APA indicates that if a check is lost and needs to be replaced, there can be an additional cost savings of $8 to $10 per replacement check,” Wade said.

Paperless payroll systems also help ensure small business owners are paying and filing their taxes on time, said Tomer London, co-founder and chief product officer for the payroll system provider Gusto. Paperless payroll programs file all local, state and federal taxes automatically, so business owners no longer have to remember to send in forms or make payments, London said.

“Running payroll manually is a time-consuming, complicated and error-prone process,” London said. “As a result, one-third of small business owners get fined every year for filing or paying their payroll taxes incorrectly.”

Wade pointed to several other benefits of paperless payroll:

  • It saves time – Employers save the time they would have spent preparing checks, delivering checks to employees, resolving lost and undelivered checks, fixing check-cashing problems, and dealing with fraud issues. Businesses also save the time they would have spent answering employee questions that the employees could resolve by viewing their information online.
  • Reliability – Employers are able to pay employees on time regardless of holidays or unexpected events, such as bad weather or natural disasters. Employees know they will be paid on time and will not need to come into work to pick up their checks or wait for their checks to be delivered.
  • Accessibility – Employers have convenient access to their payroll data online or via a mobile device. Employees also have convenient access to their payroll data, which often includes personal information, direct-deposit information, paystubs and W-2s.