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Archive for January 2014

Delaware gov. creates task force to review child protection laws

Gov. Jack Markell has created a task force to review Delaware’s background check laws and policies, specifically as they pertain to children and their safety when with adult volunteers and employees whose job descriptions may not require a pre-employment background screening. The “Delaware Criminal Background and Child Protection Registry Checks” task force — led by…

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Micro-lenders turn to social media when conducting credit checks

When you need a loan to purchase a car, house or other large investment, banks and credit unions run credit checks to learn your FICO credit score, and how risky an investment you might be. At that point, the bank or lending institution will determine whether you are worthy of receiving a loan, and at…

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Service accused of ‘dumping’ government background checks

U.S. Investigations Services was charged with making false claims and breaching a government contract after it was discovered that more than 665,000 background screenings had been fraudulently labeled as completed. The company allowed approximately 40 percent of their investigations to be “dumped” — or marked “complete” without a thorough screening having been performed  — by…

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Don’t be bamboozled by resume fraud

fired a state drug lab analyst who did not have the chemistry degree her resume claimed. The department says that she underwent a pre-employment background screening, but the falsification was not caught. Which begs the question, if a background check doesn’t turn up anything, how can you be sure that the people you hire have…

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New proposed background screen regulations for gun purchases

Both the federal government and state lawmakers have been working to regulate mental health requirements and background screen requirements for those who wish to purchase firearms. These requirements are expected to protect citizens from injuring themselves or others by preventing the mentally ill or those who have been charged or convicted of a crime from…

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Background screening trends for the new year

credit checks and social media checks, we can expect the landscape of the background check process to look a little bit different this year. These are just a few of the top trends in background screening that you can expect in 2014, and what the implications are for your business. Increased Scrutiny on Cheap Commercial…

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Social media screening down for new hires

introduced bills or passed laws outlawing these types of practices, particularly “shoulder surfing” and requesting passwords. While only about a quarter of companies utilize search engines (and even fewer use social media) for pre-employment screening, this does not mean that employers have stopped looking for information about a potential hire. The small percentage may be…

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Equal Employment bill fights against pre-employment credit checks

47 percent of employers request credit checks prior to hiring new employees. Nine states have already banned credit checks during pre-employment screening. The intent behind the bill is that poor applicants with credit problems may have a harder time finding employment than a similar candidate with good credit, and that sometimes the things one would…

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How to verify a potential employee’s work history

Find a Service The first step in conducting any form on pre-employment screening, such as a  background check, is to choose the service with whom you’ll be working. Wouldn’t simply calling a candidate’s references be easier than hiring a service? Perhaps, but if you do, you run the risk of contacting someone who may have…

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