Research Suggests State Medical Boards Fail to Properly Discipline Bad Doctors

One common misconception among medical staff services departments is the assumption that the state medical license boards proactively discipline physicians with a history of misconduct. After all, don’t most boards require criminal background checks before granting licensure? While this is certainly a valid point, various studies have recently indicated that medical license boards are not very efficient in taking action against physicians with misconduct.

Texas Colleges and Universities Allowed to Run Background Checks on Students Living On-Campus

This year, Texas Governor Rick Perry granted colleges and universities across Texas authorization to run background checks on students planning to live on campus. In March 2013, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 146, which Governor Perry recently signed into law on June 14, 2013.

FBI Background Checks: Why Employers Should Use With Caution

According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website, a Criminal History Summary is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submission retained by the FBI in connection with arrests and, in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service.

What Records Will Show Up On My Background Check?

From time to time, we receive inquiries from students, applicants, and the subjects of background checks about the type of criminal history information that will likely appear on their background screening reports. We thought we'd take this opportunity to address this question with a broader audience.

Of the roughly 317 million people living in the United States today, about 12.4 million are arrested every year (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2011). That’s equivalent to almost the entire population of the state of Pennsylvania.

California's Budget Crisis is Not So Golden for Employers Ordering Criminal Background Checks

California’s ongoing budget issues are becoming known to employers even outside of the Golden State as they seek to obtain criminal search results as part of a background check on current or former residents of that fair state.  Unfortunately, these issues are in no position to improve.   In fact, the criminal court experience will only be worsening, looking toward the rest of 2013 and potentially beyond.  According to the website for the California Judicial Branch, the courts “continue to face significant financial challenges

Why Use an NAPBS Accredited Firm as a Background Screening Provider?

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FCRA Compliance: What Employers Need to Know Before Running Background Checks

As an employer relying on a third party to run background checks on job candidates or existing employees, you must follow the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Your responsibilities are detailed in the document entitled “Notice to Users of Consumer Reports: Obligations of Users under the FCRA.” Below is a breakdown of your essential duties under the Act. If you have any questions, consult qualified counsel.

Changes to Georgia Expungement and Restriction of Certain Criminal Records

On May 2, 2012 Governor Nathan Deal signed into law significant changes to O.C.G.A. §35-3-37, the law that governs expungement, restriction, correction and supplementation of criminal records in the state of Georgia. This legislative reform is aimed at removing barriers to employment and housing for individuals with criminal history in order to reduce recidivism rates in the state. The Georgia Justice Project (GJP) focuses its mission on breaking the cycle of poverty and crime. GJP sites that at the time of their arrest, 90% of individuals are considered below the poverty line.

The Basics of the EEOC's Enforcement Guidance

PreCheck's Vice President of Compliance, Vu Do's latest article discussing the implications of the EEOC's Enforcement Guidance on employers' use of criminal records was published in the March/April 2013 issue of Compliance & Ethics Professional. If you do not currently subscribe to this publication of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, you may download the complete article here.

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