Archive for February 2011

Man sues after false background check

John Shelby is trying to clear his name after being wrongly declared as a felon on background checks for 13 years. Over a decade ago, after being offered a job to run three casino bars, that offer was revoked when a background check showed he was a felon, and he was supposed to be in…

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Jury duty may result in a Facebook background check

So not only are job applicants and online daters subject to Facebook background checks, but members of the public who are being considered for jury duty may also have their Facebook profile investigated. Some lawyers are “Facebook-ing the jury” as part of a background check in jury duty selection. Through PC Mag, Amber Yearwood, a…

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Should Facebook be used for background checks?

losing a job over a Facebook status, or no longer being considered for a position after an employer viewed their profile. When Facebook first became popular it was considered more of a social tool between friends, and many didn’t think of the ramifications of putting certain things online – where it becomes so visible. It…

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Candidates in Illinois may have to submit to drug tests

A bill has been proposed that would require “candidates for the legislature” to submit to drug tests, which turns the Chandler v Miller case of 1997 on its head. Illinois representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) has introduced HB 1402, to require candidates for the legislature to submit, along with their ballot access petition, the results of…

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Drug testing at Pepsi

I came across this cartoon while browsing the internet for news on drug testing, and I thought it was worth a share. It’s terrible I know, but it gave me a chuckle and I hope it does for you too! Enjoy! ]]>

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'Trusted Traveler' busted for pot

‘trusted traveler’ checks may not be as successful a tactic as was originally assumed, and this story emphasizes exactly that. The driver, who had a SENTRI card, drew the suspicion of a Customs and Border Protection officer during a routine search. According to a Customs and Border Protection press release, posted by KOLD: At approximately…

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Consumers want to ban credit checks from background screening

background screening, according to a recent survey. It’s a hot topic of debate right now, with many states leaning towards banning credit checks as part of a pre-employment background check. The results of the research on employers using credit report background checks found that most consumers agreed that this practice should be banned: -More than…

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Judge rules on NFL Vikings drug testing case

drug testing case, a state appeals judge in Minnesota upheld a lower court ruling that allowed the league to suspend two players on the Vikings – Kevin Williams and Pat Williams – who were found to have taken StarCaps, a supplement that included a banned substance, according to the New York Times. This story dates…

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Credit checks in background screening an issue

As we predicted, credit checks involvement in pre-employment background screening has started to rear it’s head in 2011. Maryland State Delegate Kirill Reznik has introduced House Bill 87 that would prohibit Maryland employers from using a person’s credit report as a background screening tool for hiring and retention decisions. The Job Applicant Fairness Act exempts…

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NAPBS & MYB Part 5: Decision-making

As an employer, the most important part of the background screening process is when it comes to the final decision. What is it, and how does an organization make the decision on the hiring of an applicant? NAPBS explains it like this: Decision-making is the process of judging and evaluating the information gathered and relating…

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