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.

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.

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