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.

5 Takeaways for Employers from the 2013 Annual NAPBS Conference

This past weekend, I travelled to Phoenix, Arizona with my colleague Vu Do, PreCheck’s Vice President of Compliance, to participate in the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) tenth anniversary annual conference.  The conference not only covered the evolution of the association but also the background screening profession as well. The following are just a few of my selections from the conference I thought might be of particular interest to employers and our readers.

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.

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.

Colorado and Nevada Restrict Employers' Use of Credit Checks

Colorado’s restriction against employers’ use of credit reports for employment purposes goes into effect on July 1, 2013. Colorado is the ninth state to restrict employers’ use of credit checks in hiring and retention decisions and follows California, Maryland, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, which have all passed similar legislation.

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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