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Many businesses haven’t changed their hiring procedures much in recent years. “If it works, why mess with it?” is an oft-heard refrain. While there is a convenience in doing the old-fashioned way, new rules have come into play that may limit how companies can conduct background checks on prospective employees. What is “Ban the Box?”…

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Employers today have a wide variety of screening tools at their disposal. It helps that potential employees, like most Americans, regularly publish information about themselves. More and more companies are using this information – most of it accessible by social media – to pre-check candidates before they put out a job offer. According to a…

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Most employers conduct background checks on job applicants as part of the hiring process. A background check can uncover important information such as criminal convictions and can allow an employer to verify an applicant’s education and previous employment. Some employers also check candidates’ credit if they would be working in positions that involve handling money.…

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Many children of all ages participate in youth sports through their schools or community organizations. Parents enroll their kids in sports to develop their athletic abilities and to teach values like teamwork and social skills. Parents expect their children to be safe and to be trained and supervised by people who are responsible and trustworthy.…

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Many companies conduct background checks on job applicants before making offers of employment. The Federal Trade Commission enforces the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the federal law that governs employment-related background checks. The law explains what information can be obtained, how it can be used, and what protections job applicants have. An employer may ask for…

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Government oversight of the background check industry is expected to increase in 2016. Federal agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will increase emphasis on accuracy in background checks, especially related to criminal records. Regulators, legislators, and advocacy groups are concerned about false positives, in which a criminal record is reported without sufficient indicators…

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health has created a comprehensive program to check the backgrounds of employees at long-term care facilities. The new program is intended to better protect elderly and disabled residents by helping providers identify applicants with criminal convictions or histories of patient abuse or neglect. It applies to nursing homes, residential care…

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There is hope that a new law in one state will help protect seniors from the unregulated areas of the home health care industry. The new law in Arizona requires non-medical in-home caregiver agencies to disclose information to consumers about background checks, training, cost of service and hiring and firing policies. This supply of information…

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