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California Redaction Laws Stall CRAs in Performing Background Checks

As many of you know by now, the 4th Appellate Court in the state of California made a ruling in All of Us or None – Riverside Chapter vs. W. Samuel Hamrick, which among other things instructed all Superior Courts in the state to remove the dates of ...

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PBSA 2021: A barometer for the new normal for CRAs?

PBSA 2021 just happened. Perhaps you noticed? Perhaps not. SJV was there. While attendance was down about 50% from prior years, those at the show were highly engaged and interested to share and learn ...

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[Podcast] Background Screening Compliance Update with Scott Paler

    In this episode, we are joined by Scott Paler, partner and attorney at DeWitt LLP. Scott serves as Chair of the Firm’s Background Screening Practice Group and Past-Chair of the Firm’s Employment ...

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Get the Most Out of Your Experience at PBSA 2021

It's been two long years since we've all gotten together for the Annual PBSA Conference and we can't wait to see everyone. The conference provides background screening companies and consumer ...

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PBSA Panel Discussion: What’s Going to Disrupt the Market for Employee Verification Automation?

SJV Data Solutions, the largest independent wholesale data provider in the background screening industry, will host a panel discussion at PBSA in Anaheim, CA at 1:00 pm PT on September 14, 2021 on ...

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5 Reasons Your CRA’s National Criminal Database Solution Is So Frustrating

All background screening companies and consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) require a national criminal database solution. A national database search is an essential element of a comprehensive ...

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Introducing SJV's Revolutionary National Criminal Database Solution

Over the years CRAs like you asked why SJV Data Solutions didn’t offer a National Criminal Database solution. They told us that they just didn’t love what was out in the market, that enterprise CRAs ...

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PBSA 2021: SJV Sets A New Tempo for the Background Screening Industry from Supersized Booth #202

For the employment background screening industry, PBSA 2021 marks a turning point. Unlike 2020 which was mired in uncertainty about nearly everything, the past 8 months have been all about growth in ...

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SJV Data Solutions Welcomes Industry Executive, Alicia Jones

Today is a very exciting day for all of us at SJV Data Solutions, where we announced the creation of our strategic data framework and the hiring of industry veteran Alicia Jones as Senior Director of ...

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Avoid the "B" Word: SJV Expands Verifications Capacity

It’s no secret that background screening companies are struggling to keep up with the flood of employment verifications coming their way and avoid the dreaded “B” word: Backlogs.

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18 States Have Now Legalized Recreational Marijuana: What CRAs Need to Know

Over the past several months, five states — New Jersey, New York, Virginia, New Mexico, and Connecticut — have joined the growing list of states where possession and, or use of marijuana is legal.

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How SJV Is Solving the Employment Verification Crisis for CRAs

Depending on your perspective, the current employment market (as of summer 2021) represents a crisis, an opportunity, or a mix of both.

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2021 Employment Background Screening Analysis

If you’re still waiting for the employment landscape to go “back to normal” at the tail-end of the COVID-19 pandemic, you better make yourself comfortable. It’s going to be a while.

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[Podcast] Michigan moves to redact PII from court records

  The state of Michigan has issued a rulemaking that requires redaction of date of birth (DOB) from public records effective July 1, 2021. As we know dates of birth in public records are essential as ...

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The Great Resignation: How Is the Job Churn Pandemic Affecting the Employment Screening Industry?

The end of the great pandemic of 2020 and 2021 is finally in sight. You’ve seen the help wanted signs outside almost every business. Businesses throughout America are reopening their doors, recalling ...

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[Podcast] Unprecedented Verification Demand Forces CRAs to Think Differently to Meet Turn-Around-Time Expectation

  The "Great Resignation" and post-pandemic churn in the job market are stretching CRAs with unprecedented levels of employment verification requests.

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The Single Most Important Decision Facing a CRA That Wants to Remain Competitive in 2021

As a CRA trying to grow your business in today’s competitive landscape, the single most important decision you must make is your choice of a background screening data provider. To understand why, it ...

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The Secret to Building the Best Background Screening Data Business

It’s humbling (and a little bit funny) to think about what we considered cutting-edge technology just two decades ago when our company got started. Back at the dawn of the 21st century, we relied on ...

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[Podcast] Technology must be the core of background screening programs

  SJV has a guiding philosophy when it comes to our technology investments: continuous improvement, developer-friendly APIs, and scalable platforms. We're joined today by Nick Kelland, our Chief ...

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How SJV’s Proprietary Criminal Records Research Network Outclasses the Rest

Let’s talk about people. We humans are, for better or for worse, a flawed species. We can make mistakes. We get tired and distracted. We can easily find ourselves out of our depth. Sometimes, we’re ...

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[Podcast] Background Screening Has a Middleman Problem

  Years ago, we could sense where the background screening industry was going: towards intense competitiveness and consolidation, which would require constant optimization (and cost reduction).

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Webinar: Direct Source Data - The Key to Background Screening Success

As background screeners, we focus all of our energy and efforts on building and maintaining the most efficient and effective methods of processing orders without sacrificing quality. We employ entire ...

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SJV Gets You Closer to the Data. What Does That Mean, Anyway?

If you’ve been reading our articles lately or even just skimmed our homepage, you’ve probably noticed we use the phrases “close to the data” and “closer to the data” quite a bit. It has almost become ...

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Background Checks Matter, Your Choice of Data Provider Is Critical

Criminal incidents can happen anywhere, but as a consumer reporting agency (CRA), you do not have the resources to dispatch your own researchers to every single court in the country. You must rely on ...

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5 KPIs Your CRA Must Hit to Beat the Competition in 2021

Most of us would rather forget 2020 even happened, but unfortunately, it did, with implications for the economy as a whole, nationwide hiring, and the employment background screening industry, in ...

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The Next Great Disruption in Employment Background Screening

At SJV we strive to bring you the most innovative and comprehensive data. We've revolutionized the background screening industry through relentless, but responsible innovation and exhaustive ...

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PBSA Mid-Year Conference: Moving Forward in 2021

The 2021 Professional Background Screeners Association (PBSA) Mid-Year Legislative Conference is taking place live (from your PC or laptop) April 19-20 and SJV Data Solutions is proud to be ...

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How We Quadrupled the Size of Our Verifications Team in Six Weeks

One thing strikes fear in the hearts of all consumer reporting agencies (CRAs): an unpredictable verifications avalanche. Now, imagine it happening during a pandemic. Not really a far stretch since ...

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[Podcast] Can employers require the vaccine? Is remote work here to stay? Our expert panel weighs in.

  The remote work era is upon us.  Or is it? Now that the vaccines are here and we're ramping up to 30% of the population vaccinated and beyond, top of mind for everyone are two specific questions: ...

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Interview With SJV’s R&D Department: What We’re Working on With Verifications

The team at SJV Data Solutions is constantly innovating with technology, processes, and people to optimize employment verification. The goal is nothing short of the fastest, most accurate ...

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Toby from The Office Invites You to Download SJV's New eBook

How do you choose an outsourced resume verifications partner? Our new guide will help. Are you a fan of The Office? You're in luck! Toby Flenderson, America's HR Representative, has invited you to ...

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AI & Natural Language Processing: The Next Frontier of Resume Verifications

The turn of the New Year has got us thinking about where our industry might be headed in the next decade. It’s also got us looking back. It’s amazing how far call center technology has come since the ...

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SJV Data Solutions Announces New Promotions and Hires for 2021

As we look forward to 2021, we see the market for background screening services continuing to rebound. In fact, traditionally quiet periods in the 4th quarter of 2020 showed exceptional activity as ...

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Supercharge Background Check Effectiveness: 5 Strategies

According to The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the average organization loses five percent of its annual revenues to occupational fraud. This is an amount that exceeds $3 trillion ...

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Do Verifications Drive You Verifiably Insane?

  You know that feeling you get when you call, and you call, and you email, and you call, and you email, and you check online, and you call, and you still can’t complete that verification request? 

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Webinar: Resume Verifications - Relieve 80% of Your Headaches

Universally, everyone agrees that resume verifications are 20% of your revenue and 80% of your headaches. They take forever. They are frequently delayed. And following the highly-particular ...

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How Automated Background Checks Work

Way back before the world became as connected as it is today, there was no mystery as to how criminal background checks were conducted. Researchers would go in person to courts to access information ...

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The Five Fundamentals of Automated Background Checks

Automation is transforming the criminal background screening industry, helping consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) complete more reports, in less time, with fewer researchers, and for lower costs than ...

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8 Questions Every Background Screening Company Should Be Able to Answer

As one of the leading data providers to background screening companies across the United States, we get to see and hear first hand the hot issues that drive the industry. This is a competitive ...

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35 and 3: How 35% of Verification Automation Is Done With 3% of Your Labor

  One factor consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) consistently overlook when calculating their costs for performing employment verifications is the difference between automated verifications and those ...

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Employment Verifications: 20% of Your Revenue and 80% of Your Headaches

Employment verification is for some consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) both a blessing and a curse. It’s clearly a service that clients want. Even when the economy suffers and hiring declines, the ...

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SJV Data Solutions Names Barry Wabler as Chief Financial Officer

Today, we are excited to announce the expansion of our leadership team with the hiring of Barry Wabler as our new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

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Employment Verifications and Headcount: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

We’ll admit that this article’s title is slightly on the whimsical side for a background check provider. But if you hear us out, we think you’ll understand why we think employment verifications and ...

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[Podcast] Looking back, looking forward, and giving thanks.

    It's been a crazy year around the world. Luckily, we have vaccines on the way and something else that is just what the doctor ordered: a holiday season. We're excited to put 2020 behind us, but ...

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Things to Be Grateful For Amid the Chaos of 2020: Thanksgiving Edition

We (okay, I) love Thanksgiving more than the average bear and I always look forward to writing an annual post around the third week of November on what I am thankful for. Clearly, I had to dig deep ...

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3 Advantages and 4 Disadvantages of DIY Background Check Automation

  Consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) that consider automating some or all of their criminal background screening research face a choice: build their own automation solution or partner with an ...

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Why Outsource Employment and Resume Verifications?

  The idea of outsourcing employment verification work may seem like a foreign concept to some consumer reporting agencies (CRAs). After all, you’ve recruited and trained an in-house team of ...

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Resources and Articles for Military Spouses #1

You may have learned recently that SJV has decided to focus on hiring military spouses for many of our core roles. This has been an exciting time!  If you missed that update, here are some key links: ...

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Automated Criminal Background Checks: The 4 Best Features

Automated criminal background check technology has been growing in prominence over the last several years. As more and more vendors add automated court research to their services, companies that sell ...

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2020 Baker's Dozen List of Top Background Screening Companies

  It’s that time of year again folks. HRO Today has released their Baker’s Dozen list of the top-rated background screening companies based on their client satisfaction survey results and we wanted ...

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Webinar: Scaling Your CRA via Automation Without Sacrificing Quality

At SJV Data Solutions, we’ve embraced automation in criminal background screening enthusiastically  and unapologetically because we’ve seen how it can help CRAs get more done with fewer researchers ...

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[Podcast] All About SJV’s Military Spouse Hiring Program

  Here at SJV, we have been quietly filling more of our core research roles with military spouses. Recently, we’ve decided to make this official: going forward, we plan to focus on ilitary spouses as ...

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SJV Data Solutions Launches Initiative for Hiring of Military Spouses

Today, SJV Data Solutions launched an initiative to hire military spouses for many of our court data research and resume verification roles. Employment Challenges for Military Spouses Military ...

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Jefferson County, KY Court Access: The Perfect Storm

By now you may have heard that the background screening industry has run into a proverbial iceberg in Jefferson County, Kentucky (Louisville) due to a confluence of events including the COVID-19 ...

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Breaking Down SJV’s Background Check Automation: An Overview

If you’ve been reading our blog lately, you’ll know that we firmly believe automated background checks is one of the keys to unlocking the growth potential of your consumer reporting agency (CRA).

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PBSA Conference Recap: The Background Screening Industry is Strong

The 2020 Annual PBSA Conference is in the books and I think it's fair to say that we'll never forget this one. While the conference was virtual, it was great to see all of our industry friends ...

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How Well Do You Know Your Background Screening Data?

As we get ready to kick off the 2020 Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) Annual Conference, we were asked to create a short video for our virtual booth. So we decided to do away with ...

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David Hasselhoff Invites You to Join SJV's PBSA Happy Hour- Literally!

Well we did it. We hassled the Hoff. And for our troubles, he (the real David Hasselhoff) sent you a very special invitation to SJV Data Solutions' virtual Professional Background Screeners ...

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[Podcast] Getting People Back to Work Safely with EvidentID CEO David Thomas and Merryck's Coretha Rushing

    For CRAs, the primary goal should be to help your customers stay informed and provide leadership that recognizes the “new normal” and emphasizes safety for everyone on their team as they rebuild ...

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4 Reasons Background Check Companies Struggle to Scale

  If you were to take a 20,000-foot view of the background screening industry, you would notice that many companies are stuck in a holding pattern. They have the work, and they’re bringing in ...

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PBSA’s Annual Conference is Upon Us. Why This One Really Matters

It’s been quite a roller coaster ride since the COVID-19 pandemic set in last March. This crisis has tested all of us both personally and professionally from the start and forced us to adapt quickly ...

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[Podcast] Motor Vehicle Record Checks in Puerto Rico: What You Need to Know

    Welcome to another episode of the SJV Data Solutions podcast! The topic of the day: Puerto Rico.  And it’s good news.  Puerto Rico has plagued CRAs and end-users for as long as I can remember. ...

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Webinar: Getting CRAs and End Users Back to Work Safely

As businesses look to re-open and rebuild their workforces safely, owners and managers—your customers—face perplexing issues: widespread testing and contact tracing are still behind schedule, and a ...

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What to Look for in a Background Screening Automation Vendor

If you’ve been paying attention to our blog lately, you’ll know we’re big advocates for automating criminal background checks and court research where the quality matches or exceeds in-person ...

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Is Your Consumer Reporting Agency Growing? Time for Background Check Automation

Congratulations, you have a growing Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA)! Your digital presence is up to date, you’re bringing on more salespeople, and those new salespeople are bringing in more business. ...

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Podcast: New Tech Enabling NJ Courts to Reopen

  Today, we’re joined by a gaggle of glitterati. We’ve got SJV President and CEO Scott Vanek, Vince Brodt (VP of Client Experience), Bill Wilder (COO) and Matt Hodges our Director of Research. We’ll ...

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Webinar: New Jersey Court Research is Back. What You Need to Know

The state of New Jersey has finally reopened their judicial system for court research via remote access to their PROMIS/Gavel System and SJV Data Solutions is among the first approved to utilize the ...

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New Jersey Courts Finally Reopen for Criminal Background Checks

If you conduct criminal background checks in New Jersey,  you know that it has been nearly impossible to complete any court research in the state since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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Offering Continuous Criminal Monitoring: Can You Afford to Wait?

  Anyone who follows the background screening industry knows that Continuous Criminal Monitoring is the way forward for consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) looking to break out of the cycle of churn ...

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Continuous Monitoring: Industry Analysis by Security Magazine

For many years, analysts at places like SHRM, HR Technologist, and Forbes have been discussing and evaluating real-time continuous monitoring such as the Continuous Criminal Monitoring solution from ...

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5 Background Screening Trends to Follow Over the Next Decade

The first two decades of the 21st century witnessed radical growth in the background screening industry. As concerns about safety and liability came to the fore, more and more organizations made ...

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Infographic: Why Real-Time Criminal Monitoring Matters

Real-time criminal monitoring matters, and we make the case in our new infographic. Check it out. You can also share this on your own website using the simple embed code we provide at the bottom.

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Podcast: TazWorks CEO Barton Taylor joins us to discuss what CRAs have been hearing and observing over the last 120 days

    Today, the team here at SJV is joined by Barton Taylor, CEO of TazWorks. We’ve been getting a lot of input and insights from CRAs and industry consultants over the past few months, so we thought ...

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A Proven Sales Strategy for Convincing Clients They Need Continuous Criminal Monitoring

There are times when ignorance is bliss. But when an employee gets incarcerated, what employers don’t know can be disastrous. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to convince potential clients for ...

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The #1 Growth Opportunity for Background Screening Firms

You would be hard-pressed these days to find an employer that doesn’t conduct a criminal background check on new hires. Criminal background screening has become a rite of passage for most job ...

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The courts are open, sort of. What "open" really means. [Pictures]

  For the better part of a month, courts around the nation have been reopening after suspending operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is great news for consumer reporting agencies that are ...

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Podcast: The New Normal with Jason Morris and Nick Fishman

    In today’s podcast, Scott Vanek and I sat down with Jason Morris and Nick Fishman of Morris Group Consulting, a consultancy focused specifically on background screening companies.  These two have ...

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Counterpoint: After COVID, CRAs Should Pivot to Essential Industries

This is the second article in a new point/counterpoint series here on the SJV blog. In this series, we will debate both sides of an issue to provide CRAs with some clarity. For this debate, we’re ...

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COVID-19 and CRAs: The Case for Industry Diversification

This is the first article of a new point/counterpoint series here on the SJV blog. In this series, we will debate both sides of an issue to provide CRAs with some clarity. For this first entry, the ...

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4 Ways Continuous Criminal Monitoring Helps CRAs Grow

The background screening industry is both highly profitable and intensely competitive. As of this writing, the market for pre-employment  background checks has grown by nearly 5% each year for the ...

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Podcast: Barry Nixon on the Confluence of Workplace Violence and Continuous Criminal Monitoring

  COVID-19 has been a tough time for many of us. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all bad. We’ve seen communities come together in a way we haven’t seen for many years; families are getting more time ...

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4 Untapped Revenue Streams for CRAs

  Put yourself in the shoes of an employer. Would you be able to tell the difference between one criminal background check provider and another? And if you could, would it matter? According to ...

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On-Demand Webinar: Getting Back to Business and Persevering Through Crisis

We hosted a webinar last Friday, with nearly 100 CRAs in attendance. The topic: helping CRAs prepare for the "getting back to business" phase of COVID-19. Things seem to be changing around the nation ...

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Podcast: Courts Are Reopening: How to Manage Expectations

  We’re two months into shutdowns, and I’ll tell you this: I’ll take the positive news when we can get it. Over recent days, we’ve seen more and more courts begin to reopen, often with enhanced ...

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U.S. Courts Are Reopening and SJV is On It

Are we feeling the same way? There’s an overwhelming desire to get back to business, and some governors and mayors are moving to gradually reopen their cities, states, and their courts. So now is a ...

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Webinar: Getting Back to Business and Persevering Through Crisis

Are you ready to turn the page on COVID-19 and get back to the background screening business at hand? We certainly are at SJV Data Solutions, and we're proactively communicating with courts to ensure ...

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Podcast: Why the COVID-19 Crisis May Accelerate Adoption for Continuous Criminal Monitoring

Over the last few episodes of our SJV podcast, the topic has been the one that’s top-of-mind for everyone in the world right now: COVID-19. We have been focused on diagnosis and impact; specifically, ...

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How Does Continuous Criminal Monitoring Work?

One-time-only pre-employment criminal background checks are becoming a commodity. As the number of background screening providers in the U.S. climbs toward 2,000, Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) ...

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Continuous Monitoring: Elixir for Early Release, Limited Prosecutions

As the background screening industry continues to work through how to best support their end-users during the COVID-19 crisis, I thought made sense to shift to more forward thinking about some of the ...

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Podcast: Hanging Out with Background Screening Expert Kim Kerr

We started the SJV Hangout podcast last month to discuss how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting background screening companies, offer tips and suggestions for how they can maintain efficiency and ...

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Real Solutions for CRAs to Process More Orders and Invoice Now

Who’s in your corner? Rather than sit on our hands for the duration of this crisis, we are actively developing solutions background screening companies like yours can use to help your end-user ...

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Podcast: Alternate Research Methods, Compliance and Early Release

At SJV Data Solutions, we recognize that the background screening industry is facing unprecedented adversity at this time, so we challenged ourselves to develop helpful resources for CRAs to manage ...

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SJV Launches Industry’s Most Extensive Court Availability Resource

Two weeks ago, as it become clear our industry would endure unprecedented adversity for an extended period, we challenged our technology team to innovate new tools to help you access the information ...

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Podcast: Scott Vanek, Vince Brodt on COVID-19 and Its Effect on CRAs

Just one month ago, SJV Data Solutions held its annual Kick-Off meeting to share their 2020 plans and get everyone excited about some of most impactful initiatives on their product and technology ...

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E-Book: Close More, Churn Less Through Continuous Criminal Monitoring

Today, SJV Data Solutions is pleased to share our latest e-book, “Close More, Churn Less and Create Subscription Revenue Through Continuous Criminal Monitoring”. Prior to this month, the industry was ...

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Helping Hands, The Cure for Unprecedented Background Screening Challenges

Government mandates, overwhelming demand, contingency plans. Circumstances are unprecedented for every business as we all face the COVID-19 crisis. Staff is being stretched. Uncertainty is ...

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PBSA Background Screening Conference Cancelled, Now What?

On Wednesday, March 18th 2020, the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) announced that they had to make the difficult decision to cancel its Mid-Year Legislative and Regulatory ...

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