Clearance Before Clearance

A background check does no one any good if the background check is not completed. The subject of incomplete background checks came up in California a few months ago. A local TV station discovered the state was allegedly giving out letters, clearing people for work before past arrests were investigated. Some of the arrests were…

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A Background Check Pilot Program

One local pilot program dealing with background checks is expanding on a national level. Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration expanded a Philadelphia-area pilot program nationally in hopes of baring criminals from controlling benefits on behalf of the elderly and disabled. The program was launched in Pennsylvania nearly two years ago after four mentally…

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Another Discussion on Background Checks

Background checks remain in the news. It seems there is always some reason we are reading about background checks. It’s often because of an ongoing debate or discussion. Lawmakers in New Hampshire are taking a good, hard look at background checks. House lawmakers in the granite state will be voting on whether to require background…

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Survey on Background Checks

Are most companies handling criminal background check appropriately? Maybe not, according to one recent survey. The consulting firm PeopleG2 recently released the findings of a survey it conducted earlier this fall. It found that 94 percent of the executives questioned in the survey said their firms are in compliance with the 2012 Equal Employment Opportunity…

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Background Checks for Long-Term Care Workers

Background checks can be a touchy subject at times. In one state, a new background check procedure is being proposed. Yet, some are resisting the idea, because of the cost associated with the new plan. Kentucky is looking at establishing a multi-state background check program for workers in long-term care settings. The new regulation would…

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Rhode Island May be Next to Pass “Ban The Box” Legislation

In a perfect employment situation for a former convict, a company looking at his application would conduct a background check first and then, if his past crimes are irrelevant to the job description, make a hire on his skills. Instead, a common although illegal practice is asking about criminal history upfront and then eliminating all…

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Seattle Getting Closer to Passing Background Check-Restricting Legislation

Back in September 2012, Seattle proposed legislation, now known as Council Bill No. 117583, that would restrict use of criminal background checks in employment. Still a draft ordinance at the time, the bill proposed businesses delay criminal background checks until a conditional offer of employment is made. The bill once in law, additionally, would prevent…

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Confusion Regarding New 2012 EEOC Background Check Guidelines

EEOC’s new background check guidelines, detailed in April 2012, have caused confusion for employers, particularly when it comes to making hiring decisions on criminal history. With the guidelines, which are not legally binding, mind you, but can be used if a former employee or candidate takes a company to court for discrimination, were not revised…

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N.C. School Board to Start Employee Background Checks

For many industries, employee background checks – also called “routine background screenings” – may seem excessive. However, in certain industries in which money is handled or in which children, the elderly, or the disabled are given care or supervision, employee background checks create a safer, more dependable workforce. As a result of this notion, the…

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Faculty at Florida University Question Background Check Policy

At the end of November, it was reported that the Florida Gulf Coast University faculty was speaking out against the recent background check policy. According to the Eagle News, the new policy, which went into effect on September 18, requires all current and applying employees to pass a “level 2” background check involving fingerprints. The…

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