Why Screening Candidates Using Google Searches Is Not Risk Free

February 7th, 2012 by admin

Employee Background Check GoogleThe internet provides a convenient venue for you to dig up dirt on candidates who want a job with your company. This rise in popularity of social networks – and most people’s failure to alter privacy settings – can provide you with a trove of information you may never learn from an application, resume or interview. Relying on the internet as an employee screening method, however, is not without its dangers and drawbacks. Read the rest of this entry »

Safe Hiring Practices: What Employers Should Include in their Hiring Overview Document

February 6th, 2012 by admin

Safety in the workplace is a top priority. In addition to the well-being of your staff, safety includes maintaining the company’s financial goals, integrity, ethics and culture. When conducting a pre-employment background check, communicating your company’s goals and safe hiring practices to prospective employees can help reduce the risk of a regrettable hiring decision. In turn, you will also reduce employee turnover – and the cost of retraining new hires – as well as reduce the risk of a devastating incidental cost. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of Screening Potential Health Care Staff

February 3rd, 2012 by admin

Cool Mint FingerprintEvery time a patient visits your facility, they and their family members place their trust in your staff. With health care workers in short supply and high demand, it is tempting to welcome personable prospective staff members who look good on paper. Without a thorough healthcare professional screening, however, you may put your patients at risk of suffering from unforeseen injuries and expose your office to significant penalties for breaking state and federal laws.

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Registered Sex-Offender & BP Clean-Up Worker Accused of Raping Colleague

August 16th, 2010 by erika

Rundy Charles Robertson supervised a group of people who were hired to clean up oil from the beaches of Pascagoula, Mississippi.  One day in June he offered one of his workers a ride home, then asked to use the restroom in her motel room.  When he emerged from the bathroom, the victim states he raped her.

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A New Law Requires More Stringent Screening for Florida Care Providers

June 1st, 2010 by erika

According to a new Florida law, which will take effect August 1, employees of day care centers, assisted living facilities, home health care agencies and others working with vulnerable adults and children will have to pass a nationwide background check before they can begin working.  The law was passed unanimously by the Florida Legislature.

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Avoiding Diploma Mills and Fake Online Degrees

April 19th, 2010 by erika

Former West Linn Mayor Patti Galle

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Mass murderer’s violent past missed by regional database background check

February 17th, 2010 by erika

University of Alabama-Huntsville neurobiology professor Amy Bishop shot six of her colleagues on Friday, killing three.  It appears this truly appalling situation might have been avoided if the University had protected itself with the services of a professional background screening company. The Christian Science Monitor reported today that Bishop had a violent past of which it appears the University of Alabama-Huntsville was unaware, including shooting and killing her brother in 1986. Although the death of Bishop’s brother appears to have been mishandled by the police at the time and could not have been found by a background check, she was charged with assault and given probation after a 2002 altercation in a fast food restaurant. This charge would have certainly been found by a professional background check.  It appears that the University of Alabama-Huntsville was unaware of this charge because it only used a regional database search, which obviously would not catch any charges and convictions in Bishop’s former state of residence, Massachusetts.

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New background screening iPhone apps are negligent and harmful

January 20th, 2010 by erika

There are new apps for the iPhone, Droid and Blackberry that have personally gotten me all fired up.  With these apps, people are entitled to “free background checks”, or unlimited searches for a monthly fee.  It’s companies like these that harm the integrity and reputation of all legitimate background companies.  There is no such thing as a “free criminal background check”.  This entire app and process is negligent on so many levels.  This sort of “instant background checking” is not FCRA compliant and violates people’s privacy. 

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OUR VIEW: Background checks must be thorough, or else …

March 19th, 2009 by erika

A recently filed civil lawsuit alleges that a Culpeper man working as a counselor had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor and that he had fraudulent credentials that left him unqualified for the job. Records show he has an arrest history that includes convictions for being drunk in public, making threats over the phone and failure to appear in court. School officials are examining their background checking policy to understand how the records were overlooked.

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The Criminal At Your Door

March 17th, 2009 by erika

According to an investigation conducted by a local journalist, convicted criminals could be passing undetected through residents’ front doors as sub-contractors. Current laws do not require companies to perform criminal background checks on people in this position. At the same time, subcontractors are widely used because of the costs saved to the companies.

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