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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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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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[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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[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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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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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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[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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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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Details Really Matter When Defining Real Continuous Criminal Monitoring

It’s been a little over a month since we launched the industry’s first Continuous Criminal Monitoring solution for CRAs. Interest has been off the charts. We’re drinking from the firehose and ...

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Continuous Criminal Monitoring: Your Billion Dollar Opportunity Awaits

Today, I'm thinking a lot about Continuous Criminal Monitoring and the value it can create for your Consumer Reporting Agency.

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Florida Bill Requires Delivery Co's to Monitor Employees for Arrests

There’s an interesting new law that was recently filed in the Florida House of Representatives that would place stringent new requirements on companies who hire and employ delivery service workers.

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Day with DISA – Adverse Action Speaking Engagement

As the background screening industry evolves from a compliance standpoint (among others) and certain charges are being decriminalized across the United States, it’s important to stay up to date on ...

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