Investigating Further

Typically, my blogs are devoted to discussing compliance topics, covering emerging regulations, or highlighting best practices. But today, I’d like to share with our readers some of the true thrills of our job. At PreCheck, we identify ourselves as a “background investigations and credentialing firm.” Our tag line is “investigate further.” All of our employees are licensed private investigators. Hopefully you’ve identified the common denominator.

Criminal Searches Uncovered, Part 1: Criminal Record Basics

At PreCheck, we’re often asked about criminal record searches whether it be how they are obtained, what coverage they offer the clients we work with day in and day out, and other burning questions.  Our clients aren’t alone; we know the world of criminal records can be a confusing one!  Today (and as part of an ongoing series) we hope to set the record straight and shed some light on this mystical topic by sharing a few basics regarding criminal record searches.  Other related topics coming up in this series will be fingerprinting, as well as the threats that currently exist to criminal rec

Earlier this morning, NBC’s Today Show aired a segment about how employment background screening inaccuracies can cost applicants their jobs. While the examples shared during the segment are unfortunate, they do not represent the overall standard of quality in the industry. More importantly, the practices discussed in that segment do not reflect the manner in which PreCheck conducts and reports criminal records to our clients.

We would like to take this opportunity to address some of the issues raised in the Today Show segment:

The Fundamentals of a Social Trace

You've heard the term and you suspect you know what it is, but what exactly is a social trace, and why is it important?

Background Report Basics

The social trace is a fundamental tool and part of most employment background checks. Let's first understand the standard components of a background check to better grasp the function of the social trace.

Typically, an employment background check consists of conducting some or all of the following searches:

Hospitals May Be Running the Right Kinds of Employment Background Checks, but What About the Staffing Firms They Use?

The recent case of David Kwiatkowski, the traveling radiologic technologist who exposed countless patients to Hepatitis C, shines a spotlight on healthcare employment screening practices in general and those of healthcare staffing firms in particular.  Kwiatkowski allegedly stole Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate used as a post-surgery anesthetic, and replaced the syringes with saline where those needles were then used on patients, infecting them with Hepatitis C.  Working for numerous healthcare staffing companies, this serial infector moved from state to state, harming innocent patien

Emerging Laws on Social Media and Sex Offenders

A recent study funded by the U.S. Justice Department and conducted by Utica College found that "an estimated 92,000 of the 570,000 registered sex offenders nationwide are using the internet to live freely and seemingly undetected." With today's widespread use of social media across all ages, this statistic can be a startling one.

Changes in Indiana Law Related to Access and Use of Criminal History in Employment

Effective July 1, 2012, House Bill 1033 (HB 1033) restricts employers and criminal history providers from inquiring about and obtaining certain criminal history information. As a result, employers should be aware that background reports may not provide a complete picture about an applicant or employee given the law's restrictions.

How Your Authorization and Release Form Can Make a Big Difference

As a reputable employer yourself, it probably comes as no surprise that the majority of employers and educational institutions that we contact for verifying applicant history or credentials require that we provide them with an authorization (release) form signed by the applicant before they will provide any information. As people continue to become even more concerned with sensitivity of personal information and maintaining secure data, we are seeing an increasing trend in such requirements.

The Optimal Time To Submit Your Background Check Order

Ever wonder if there's a best time for submitting your background check [email protected] PreCheck recommends a general rule of thumb—the earlier in the day you can send in your request, the better. We don't publish a hard and fast cut-off time because we know that volumes and hiring practices can fluctuate, but we suggest sending in orders during the first half of your day.

Background Checks, Now More Important Than Ever

Did you know that as of February 2012, 8.3% of the population was unemployed according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics? This has created what is known as an "employers market" where there are far more applicants to choose from to fill empty job positions.

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