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Archive for March 2014

Questions to consider when screening renters

Whether you’re leasing an apartment or renting out office space, your job is to fill the openings with tenants that will help you maintain your investment and avoid potential liabilities. If you suspect a potential renter will not pay on time or will cause excessive damage to the property, you have to do what’s in…

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Texas county offers free criminal background checks

the county’s district clerk offers free criminal background checks for the county’s residents. Because the county records are matters of public record, anyone could acquire this information by going to or calling the county clerk’s office. Now, you can simply go to hcdistrictclerk.com and cut out the middleman. The county has records from 1977 onward…

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Screening company disappears, slowing pre-employment process

Maryland fingerprinting company Worldwide Management was hired to provide criminal background checks and fingerprinting services as part of the pre-employment process. The company then vanished from its mall location, leaving those who had paid for screening services in the lurch. In addition, Worldwide Management owed the state of Maryland more than $300,000 for collections and…

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HR: How to deal with ‘revolving door’ employees

The state of employment has changed a lot from previous generations to today’s workforce. It’s no longer expected that a company will choose a candidate to hire right out of high school or college, and that the employee will stay with the company until he or she retires. Rather, today’s college grads are more likely…

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Caretaker background checks extend to pets

It makes perfect sense to have a background check run on a potential candidate when you’re looking for a nanny for your children. Pet Sitters International has taken it a step further, ensuring that all of their pet-sitting professionals undergo annual criminal history screenings so clients can ensure their fur-babies are in the best possible…

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Four reasons to hire a pre employment screening service

Within the past year, Dallas has seen an increase in ride-sharing companies. Similar to taxi services, ride-sharing companies like UberX help commuters get to work or meetings without contributing to clogged highways and stubborn rush-hour traffic, or without wear and tear on their vehicles. However, after it was discovered that one of UberX’s drivers had…

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EEOC and FTC offer joint tips on use of employment background checks

Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know and Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know. According to a press release from the EEOC, the agencies emphasize that employers need written permission from job applicants before getting background reports about them from companies in the business of compiling background information.  Furthermore, they reaffirm that it is…

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February 2014: Dramatic increase in professional services jobs

Bureau of Labor and Statistics — most industries held steady in their employment rates. Only a handful of industries saw great leaps in new jobs. Approximately 10.5 million people remain unemployed. In February, the number of people considered “long term” unemployed — those who have been unemployed for 27 consecutive weeks — increased by 203,000.…

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MYB attends 66th Annual Mardi Gras Ball in Washington D.C.

Members of the Mind Your Business staff headed down to D.C. at the end of February for the 66th Annual Mardi Gras Ball, hosted by the Mystick Krewe of Louisianans. The group first began hosting these annual Mardi Gras celebrations as a means of bringing Louisiana’s heritage and culture to those who had moved from…

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