Archive for March 2012

10 things everyone ought to know about employment screening

protect their business. If you’re unsure, here are ten thing everyone ought to know about employment screening – and hopefully these will help you change your mind: According to statistics on drug abuse by American workers, workplace drug and alcohol use costs U.S. businesses an estimated $100 billion each year. Make drug testing a key…

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Background check study shows favor for employers

survey found that more than 90 percent of employers run criminal checks on job applicants, while 60 percent sometimes screen for credit, depending on the position. Black marks on either report can prove fatal for the estimated 65 million U.S. adults with criminal records. What this shows is that, due to the economic downturn and despite…

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Major move for online dating background checks

background checks for their members. It seems that eHarmony and Sparks Networks (operator of JDate and ChristianMingle) will follow suit and also scan the histories of possible clients for sexual assault, identity theft and violence before allowing them access to their sites. The call for online dating background checks seemed to stem from an incident back…

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Background check time arrived for social media

social media background checks in the past, and many companies have been performing them for quite some time, social media background checks seem to have crossed that line from ‘sporadic’ to ‘normality’. Back in 2009, forty-five percent of employers reported in a CareerBuilder survey that they use social networking sites to screen potential employees. Now, that…

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North Carolina ranks 25th for identity theft

North Carolina had 6,287 complaints, or about 66 complaints per 100,000 residents, in 2011, compared to 5,986, or 63 per 100,000 residents in 2010. Theft of government documents or benefits fraud accounted for 21 percent of the identity-theft complaints in North Carolina last year. That was the state’s largest category. Employment-related fraud made up 7…

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Background screening trends for 2012

ESR which compiled the top ten background screening trends for 2012. It was something we wanted to share, and so have compiled the main points below: 1. Criminal Background Checks of Job Applicants by Employers Coming Under Greater Scrutiny by EEOC: With a recent survey showing nine out of ten employers conduct criminal background checks on some…

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Florida passes drug testing for state workers

Scott’s legal team has helped the bill’s House and Senate sponsors persuade lawmakers that the drug screening will be upheld even as they defend the policy in court. The governor is being sued over a drug-testing policy he imposed on state workers last year. After the ACLU and the state workers’ union sued the state, Scott…

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Private sector employment on the increase

February 2012 ADP National Employment Report®, employment in the U.S. private business sector increased by 216,000 jobs  in February, and this increase marks the twenty-fifth consecutive monthly gain in private employment as measured by the ADP report. Of the 216,000 jobs added from January 2012 to February 2012, the February 2012 ADP Report found employment in the…

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Five tips to avoid hiring mistakes

Negligent hiring is something that happens time and time again. If you were to make a hiring mistake, it could cost you in more than in just a financial sense and you could feel the effects for years to come. “As people and professionals, we tend to spend more time researching which cellphone to buy or…

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