Archive for June 2013

Employer's Guide: Drug screening for jobs

17.2 million drug abusers in the US, 12.9 million were employed either full or part time. In addition, 10 to 20% of workers who died on the job tested positive for alcohol or other drugs. And according to statistics on drug abuse by American workers, workplace drug and alcohol use costs U.S. businesses an estimated…

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Couple orders a tie, receives employee social security numbers instead

What the couple actually got in the mail should is a cause for concern for all Gap employees: the confidential files of about 20 former employees, including Social Security numbers and W4 tax forms. “We totally laughed,” Dreyfuss, 29, said on Friday from her home in Cambridge, Mass. She had misgivings about the package as…

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Get started with TWIC background checks

From merchant mariners to port facility employees, long shore workers to truck drivers, anyone requiring unescorted access to secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels regulated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act is required to go through this screening process. Each TWIC applicant undergoes a security threat assessment. This assessment considers convictions, arrest warrants, and…

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Research shows employee theft on the rise

Jack L. Hayes International shows that 71,095 dishonest employees were apprehended in 2012, up 5.5 percent from 2011. In total, more than $50 million was recovered in those cases, up 7 percent from a year earlier. One clear solution to reducing this desperately high number? Pre-employment background checks. “The seriousness of retail theft is a much greater…

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$10 Public Court Record search fee defeated in California Legislature

trailer bill that would have severely limited press and public access to court documents has died in the California Legislature, after widespread editorial condemnation from the state’s newspapers. The defeated proposal was put forward by the Administrative Office of the Courts and would have resulted in a charge of $10 per file to look at…

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EEOC files lawsuits against BMW and Dollar General

Several employees who had worked at BMW’s plant for years as employees of a logistics services company lost their jobs as a result of BMW’s policy. Their employer, UTi Integrated Logistics, only reviewed criminal convictions for the previous seven years. But when UTi ended its contract with BMW, its employees at the facility had to…

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CMS revokes 14,000 Medicare provider licenses since ACA

data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Over the last four years, the Obama administration has recovered over $14.9 billion in healthcare fraud judgments, settlements, and administrative impositions, including record recoveries in 2011 and 2012. Since the Affordable Care Act, CMS has revoked 14,663 providers and suppliers’ ability to bill in…

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Preliminary 2012 crime stats show violent crime on the rise

Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics for 2012 indicate that when compared to data for 2011, the number of violent crimes reported by law enforcement agencies around the country increased 1.2 percent during 2012, while the number of property crimes decreased 0.8 percent. The final UCR statistics—submitted by approximately 18,000 local, state, campus, tribal, and federal…

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Delaware lawmakers look to limit criminal background checks

criminal background and credit history checks in the early stages of the application process. House Bill No. 167, introduced last week, would amend Delaware’s employment code to prevent any employer from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal and credit records until it has tendered a conditional offer of employment, and would exclude consideration of felony convictions…

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