InfoMart’s Top HR & Background Screening Blogs of 2019

Tammy Cohen, PHR, SHRM-CP

December 17 2019

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to look back and reflect. InfoMart not only provides accurate results and excellent service, we also produce a variety of content to keep our clients up to date on the happenings in the industry.

Throughout 2019, I’ve used this blog as a platform to educate, inform, and improve employers’ and candidates’ understanding of background screening. InfoMart’s expertise is as varied as our clients, so without further ado, here are five of InfoMart’s top blogs from 2019.  

Busting 7 Myths About Background Screening

The background screening industry has seen a few moments of bad press. Inaccurate background checks can negatively impact both jobseekers and employers. Thorough and compliant processes are key to minimizing risk, and a comprehensive applicant support system is necessary to rectify errors quickly.

In this blog, I detail some of the myths that have plagued the screening industry and present the InfoMart reality. Keep reading to learn more about the realities of background screening.


How New Pre-Employment Marijuana Drug Test Laws Will Impact Your Screening Program

Marijuana continues to be one of the hottest topics regarding background checks. Many states are loosening their restrictions on medical and recreational cannabis. As a result, employers are often left in the dark on how they should handle potential employee marijuana use. This blog details the latest major updates from New York and Nevada and what it means for employers operating in those states.

Employers should be sure to review their drug screening policies and make any necessary updates prior to January 1, 2020. InfoMart always recommends consulting your legal counsel before making any changes to your employment screening practices.

As your dedicated partner in drug testing and pre-employment background checks, InfoMart assists employers in keeping compliant with this regulation and others as they become law. Keep reading to learn more about pre-employment marijuana drug testing laws.


What HR Technology Will Benefit Your SMB Most?

Most small businesses in America have an HR department of one. This means that small and mid-sized companies need to be strategic about which HR technology they utilize.

In this blog, I detail my recommendations for HR technology that SMBs can benefit from. There are many options to choose from; some systems are all-encompassing, while others handle only one facet of HR processes. It all depends on your business’s current (and future!) needs.

For example, hiring new talent is exciting for any business. But it also brings its own set of security risks. A bad hire can devastate a growing company, something savvy business-owners know all too well. With a variety of screening tools to choose from, it can be difficult to tell which one is right for your SMB. An identity verification tool like ASAP ID™ verifies candidate information before initiating a background check—and your candidate can do it all from their smartphone. Keep reading to learn more about HR technology for SMBs and growing businesses.


Best Practices for Hiring in the Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries in America. As a result, many healthcare employers employ a strict screening regimen to ensure the safety of their staff and patients. But the demand for healthcare workers isn’t going down. Employment in the industry is expecting to rise 18% by 2026, creating around 2.4 million jobs that healthcare facilities will need to fill.

In this blog, I detail how healthcare facilities of all kinds can redouble their recruiting and employment efforts without sacrificing on security. Background checks, for example, are a necessity in the healthcare industry. In addition to the risk mitigation benefits, healthcare background checks and regular post-hire screening are beneficial to your bottom line.

Vetting your talent for quality pre-hire lessens the heavy cost of recruiting, onboarding, and attrition. Keep reading to learn more about hiring and background screening for the healthcare industry.


Answering the Top 5 Questions Your Talent Has About Background Checks

Those who work in the staffing industry face no shortage of questions from candidates and employers alike. This blog was written as a guide for recruiters to help their talent through that final phase: background checks. After 30 years of providing millions of pre-employment background checks to staffing companies, I have a good grasp of the most common points of confusion for recruiters and their candidates.

The guide covers everything from turnaround time, to where to get a staffing background check, to drug testing, and more. One of the most common questions recruiters receive is “what happens if I fail my background check?” This answer depends entirely on your client. EEOC guidelines require employers to evaluate the relevance of past criminal convictions before taking adverse action, and each business evaluates candidates differently. Keep reading to learn how to answer that questions and others.


Let’s Get Acquainted

InfoMart is an expert in pre-employment and post-hire background checks, and we have decades of experience building screening programs for a variety of industries. If you’ve enjoyed these blogs, make sure you check out our complete list of resources—and bookmark us for your 2020 reading.

About Tammy Cohen

Tammy Cohen, an industry pioneer and expert in identity and employment screening, founded InfoMart 30 years ago. Deemed the “Queen of Screen,” she’s been a force behind industry-leading innovations. She was most recently the first-to-market with a fully compliant sanctions search, as well as a suite of identity services that modernizes talent onboarding. Tammy revolutionized the screening industry when she stepped into the field, developing the first client-facing application and a due diligence criminal search that has since become standard for all background screening companies. Cohen has received national awards and honors for her business and civic involvement, including Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 25 Women-Owned Firms in Atlanta, Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year award, the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s Kathryn Woods Racial Justice Award, and a commendation in the 152nd Congressional Record.

About InfoMart

InfoMart has been revolutionizing the global background and identity screening industry for 30 years, providing businesses the information they need to make informed hiring decisions. They develop innovative technology that modernizes talent onboarding, including a first-to-market biometric identity authentication application and a verified sanctions search. The WBENC-certified company is a founding member of the Professional Background Screening Association, and they have achieved PBSA accreditation in recognition of their consistent business practices and commitment to compliance with the FCRA. The company is dedicated to customer service, speed, and accuracy, and it has been recognized for its success, workplace culture, and corporate citizenship with over 45 industry awards. To Get the Whole Story on InfoMart, please visit, follow @InfoMartUSA, or call (770) 984-2727.

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