Archive for March 2011

How criminal background checks affect employment

Although advisors are promising that as a country we are recovering from the economic downturn of 2009 and 2010, unemployment is as big an issue as ever. With so many job seekers, companies are in a position where they can really pick and choose who they hire for a vacant position. Part of this is…

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Background checks for college RA's

With calls for background checks on ice-cream vendors, to book a hotel room and on college athletes, we now have a West Tennessee mother wanting background checks on college resident assistants after a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student was accused of placing hidden cameras in dorm rooms, including her daughter’s. On Monday, police arrested…

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Drug testing for Florida state employees

Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Tuesday that will require random drug testing of many current state employees as well as pre-hire testing for applicants, according to the LA Times. “Floridians deserve to know that those in public service, whose salaries are paid with taxpayer dollars, are part of a drug-free workplace,” Scott said.…

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Background check nabs sex offender

A sex offender has been arrested in Collier County, FL, after applying to work at a local fair. Don J. Deputy Jr., 55, of Gibsonton, Fla., was charged earlier this week with failing to register in Florida as a sex offender. Deputy had applied to work at the Collier County fair but, unbeknown to him,…

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Unemployment drug testing bill fails

A bill in Arkansas that was pushing for welfare drug testing has failed – setting a precedent for the handful of other states that are currently considering similar legislation. The Senate Health, Welfare and Labor Committee killed Senate Bill 157 in a Monday vote. Under the bill, recipients would be randomly tested for methamphetamine, cocaine,…

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Half of states receive fail grade in background checks report

A new study by the National Association of Child Care Resource shows that 26 states received a failing grade for child care center regulation and oversight, including their use of background checks, according to Fox News. No one received an ‘A’ grade and only one entity received a ‘B’ – the Department of Defense. Though…

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Background screening for ice-cream vendors: a step too far?

Allentown, PA, has put forward a bill that would require ice-cream vendors to obtain a license – part of which would involve a background check. With background screening becoming an increasingly important social issue in 2011, such a proposal begs the question from some quarters – how far is too far? With students filing lawsuits…

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School being sued over drug testing

Civil rights lawyers are fighting Delaware Valley School District’s drug-testing policy in court on behalf of two students. Drug testing at schools has become more and more prominent in the last year or so, and it seems this is the start of a student backlash against what they believe is an invasion of privacy. As…

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Child Care Protection Act 2011

U.S. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, along with U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), this week introduced the Child Care Protection Act of 2011. The legislation requires comprehensive background checks for child care providers including state and federal fingerprint checks, sex offender registry checks, and a check of child abuse and neglect registries for all…

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