A Healthcare Employer’s Thoughts on the Recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce Conference on Employment Background Checks

With the ongoing regulatory scrutiny and media coverage criticizing how employment background checks can keep ex-offenders from getting jobs, it’s almost easy these days to overlook the most basic of notions—that background checks provide an essential benefit to employers, co-workers, customers, and patients. As the title of a recent conference hosted at the U.S.

Top 5 Reasons Employers Should Use a Professional Background Screening Provider

Whether you’re a small, medium, or large employer, chances are you’re running background checks on your applicants before you offer them a job.  That’s what approximately 69% of employers are currently doing, according to an industry survey.

7 Key Healthcare Background Screening and Employment Qualification Trends in 2014

While PreCheck may not have a magic crystal ball that we can go to for making this type of predictions, the following trends represent what we’ve seen in the industry as well as what we’ve learned from working with our clients each day. Here’s what healthcare employers can expect in 2014 and beyond.

West Virginia Calls for Student Background Checks

It’s been a few months since I’ve covered the topic of student background checks, when Governor Rick Perry granted schools in Texas authorization to run background checks on students planning to live on campus. With the unfortunate frequency of violent incidents at schools, it makes sense why some states are looking to background screening as means of safeguarding students, faculty and staff.

Criminal Searches Uncovered, Part 2: Is Your Current Criminal Background Check Process Enough to Protect You Long-Term?

In the previous installment of Criminal Searches Uncovered we discussed what can be referred to as Criminal Searches 101, or Basics.  We shared the different types of searches that exist, various methods used to perform searches, and that age-old and ever-important topic, how long do searches take to complete.  For today’s edition, however, we aim to take a deeper dive, going to a dark and scary place for some, although we’re well past Halloween, aren’t we? 

Social Media Employment Screening: 6 Red Flags It Can Help Uncover

I am certain everyone has read or heard somewhere about how significantly the Internet and social media have altered the way we interact with one another. Social media gained prevalence in 2004 when Mark Zuckerberg prescribed us the drug we today call Facebook. Its progressive nature has integrated not only into our daily lives, but it has also extended into our professional lives and transformed the way employers screen and evaluate prospective employees.

[Webinar] Starting the Year Off Right: 5 Essentials for Your HR Background Screening Checklist

On February 4, 2014, PreCheck hosted a webinar presented by Vice President of Compliance, Vu Do, covering 5 background screening best practices for HR. Background screening practices have been placed under increased scrutiny from regulators and it's imperative that healthcare employers have a proactive process in place to mitigate risk and avoid monetary panelaties. This info-packed session can help HR objectively establish or modify employment screening programs to meet industry guidleines. 

Topics Covered in February's Background Check Webinar:

Affordable Care Act Patient Navigators: Why Background Checks are Critical

When it comes to background checks, the State of Texas has been active.

The OIG Calls for Mandatory Background Screening of Child Care Providers

In November 2013, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report that showed deficiencies in the screening of licensed child care providers. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) administers the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), which provides financial assistance for child care each month. In accordance with federal regulations, States must certify that they have in effect, under State or local law, requirements designed to protect the health and safety of children receiving CCDF subsidies and to monitor these requirements.

The Impact of the Government Shutdown on Background Screening

As you may be aware, Congress was unable to reach an agreement on the spending bill, resulting in the government shutting down October 1, 2013 at midnight. As a result, some government services that employers rely on for their pre-employment screening and hiring processes will not be available. This may impact the timeliness and completeness of certain background screening components. It remains to be seen how long the shutdown will continue and what the wider impact will be, but the following are a few points to keep in mind.

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