background checking

Hire Qualified Seasonal Employees with a Certified Background Check

Black Friday 2019 is just weeks away, and retailers across the nation are already searching for qualified seasonal help. Finding good seasonal employees that are dependable, honest, and skilled in customer service means happier customers and larger sales. A worthy goal considering that last year Americans spent over $700 billion during the holiday season! Not…

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‘Fair Chance Act’ may require federal government to ‘ban the box’

Fair Chance Act,” would prevent all three branches of the federal government from asking job applicants questions about their criminal records on a government job application. The Fair Chance Act would prevent background checks from being conducted until the government is ready to offer a position to the applicant. The bill would “ban the box”…

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Best way to prevent company cyber crime? Background screening, says study

In a recent study regarding cyber crime and company security, business professionals were asked what factors they deemed most important when it comes to protecting their companies against hacks, stolen data and other cyber crimes. While survey respondents had the option to choose from a variety of factors — such as physical security, access control…

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Oregon aims to ‘ban the box’

passed a statewide “ban the box” law, which would prevent employers from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record prior to an interview or — sans interview — a conditional offer of employment. Most employers in the state would be required to remove any questions about a candidate’s criminal history from its job…

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EEOC criminal background checks: Will the government organization be forced to disclose its policies?

In October, we published a post about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s current battles with BMW Manufacturing and Dollar General, in which the two companies requested that the government organization share its own policies for conducting EEOC criminal background checks. The EEOC refused, arguing that its own policies have nothing to do with either of…

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Employment Screening: A look back at 2014

INDUSTRY TRENDS The ban-the-box movement continued to gain traction in more cities and states, and 2014 saw Washington D.C., New Jersey and Delaware pass their own versions of state-wide ban-the-box laws. Now, more than 30 states have some type of laws to protect those with criminal backgrounds and help them to find employment without being…

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EEOC refuses to disclose its background checking policies in court

the EEOC refused to disclose. Dollar General, in a similar suit, has also requested the policy to be made public, and the EEOC has responded likewise. The EEOC argues that its own screening policies are irrelevant to the cases it has open against BMW and Dollar General because, according to the Washington Examiner, “[the EEOC…

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Corporate screening services not utilized, resulting in IRS contractor scandal

The Internal Revenue Service became the subject of public scrutiny when a government investigation by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration revealed that the IRS had turned over the names, social security numbers and addresses of more than 1.4 million U.S. residents to a government contractor whose employees had not undergone background checks back…

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Fair fear: employees not screened regularly, consistently

There’s something new to keep in mind when it comes to visiting your state and local fairs this summer and fall, and it’s not your cholesterol after consuming new iterations of unusual fried goodies. Two companies that are hired out to various fairs and carnivals in Washington and Oregon have had problems with hiring criminals…

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