Best Employee Screening Articles For October & November 2009

December 2, 2009

In case you missed any of our employee screening articles for October and November, here’s a quick recap of our most popular:

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Kindergarten Teacher With A Criminal Record Teaches For 5 Years

November 6, 2009

Source: wsmv.com

On October 20, 2009, while on her lunch break, a Tennessee kindergarten teacher was cited for shoplifting $62 worth of wrinkle cream from Walmart.  This past summer the teacher was convicted of stealing steaks from a Kroger.  She has three DUIs and a citation for driving on a suspended license for excessive speeding tickets. She also has five aliases and she’s been teaching young children for the past five years.

As of November 5, 2009 she was still in the classroom teaching.  Watch the video.

What’s wrong here?

The state only requires a background check at the time of hire.

This is a good reminder that your organization should have a Post-Hire Screening Program in place.

A Post-Hire Screening Program (also called recurring screening) is considered a best practice for employers. It ensures a safe workplace and helps reduce the risk of a negligent retention lawsuit. Conducting checks on all new hires is essential. Keep in mind, that a lot can happen in the years after a new hire comes aboard. Companies should consider protecting themselves with periodic post-hire criminal checks and drug screening.

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Best Employee Screening Articles For August & September 2009

October 1, 2009

human_resourcesIn case you missed any of our employee screening articles for August and September, here’s a quick recap of our most popular:

Smart, Compliant Hiring Decisions Made Easy

FYI Screening, Inc. is a leading provider of on-demand, easy to use employee screening solutions.

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More Background Checks

September 25, 2009

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It’s not everyday that I see a headline like this  in our local newspaper, The Columbus Dispatch.

Last night the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities voted to require background checks every three years on all their employees.  Previously, background checks were conducted upon hiring and the county relied on the honor system for employees to report any offense after that.

This is a good reminder that your organization should have a Post-Hire Screening Program in place.

A Post-Hire Screening Program (also called recurring screening) is considered a best practice for employers. It ensures a safe workplace and helps reduce the risk of a negligent retention lawsuit. Conducting checks on all new hires is essential. Keep in mind, that a lot can happen in the years after a new hire comes aboard. Companies should consider protecting themselves with periodic post-hire criminal checks and drug screening.

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The Importance Of Accurate Background Checks

July 14, 2009

anonymous_gunLast week I reported how a Post-Hire Background Check could have prevented a terrible crime.

On the front page of this morning’s Dispatch I read…

Rape suspect got 2nd job because of faulty vetting

Weapons charges should have disqualified caregiver

It looks like this suspect was able to get a second job with Goodwill Columbus because of two errors with his background check:

  1. Goodwill ran a background check through the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) which incorrectly showed a weapons charges against him had been dismissed.  Actually, the suspect pleaded guilty in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to reduced misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of a firearm in 2008 — convictions considered to be disqualifying offenses for working among people with developmental disabilities.That information was not on the BCI report, said Margie Pizzuti, president of Goodwill Columbus.
  2. Goodwill ran an additional background check through an online records-search service (I don’t know which company), but that report was confusing and Goodwill staff members apparently did not see that Quintero had been convicted, Pizzuti said.”This instructs us to be even more vigilant in finding out what’s in these reports and making sure we understand them,” she said. “If we had seen that and understood clearly, it probably would have been at least a red flag.”

Read the article here.

CONCLUSION

  • A manual on-site search at the county courthouse by an experienced researcher is often the most accurate, and up-to-date criminal search available.  Goodwill ran a BCI check which is the authorized central repository for all felony records for the state of Ohio.  The bureau relies on police departments, sheriff’s offices, and courts of record to submit arrest and court conviction data to the bureau for record updates.  The bureau did not have the most current information in this case.
  • Your background screening provider needs to provide you with an easy to read report so there is absolutely no question about the status of the person being screened.

FYI Screening, Inc. is a leading global provider of employee screening solutions to corporations, government agencies, healthcare systems and educational institutions.

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Employee Screening Articles For April 2009

May 4, 2009

In case you missed any of our employee screening articles for April, here’s a quick recap of our most popular:

Smart, Compliant Hiring Decisions Made Easy

FYI Screening, Inc. offers a complete portfolio of employee screening services that will help you work smarter while providing the industry’s fastest turnaround and the highest quality results.

This will allow your company to focus on what really matters:

Hiring and Retaining The Best Employees Possible

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E-Verify Supported By Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

April 1, 2009

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said today she supports the controversial employee verification program called E-Verify and wants to see it extended beyond the Sept. 30 expiration date.

In an interview today with Gannett Washington Bureau, Napolitano said the Obama administration hasn’t taken a position on whether or not to make E-Verify mandatory for all U.S. employers.

“It’s all about who gets to work and making sure they’re legally present in our country. And to do that nationally E-verify becomes a key component,’’ she said. “It certainly needs to available, effective and as inexpensive as possible and that employer needs to use it as a tool.

Read the story here.

E-Verify Facts:

- Use of E-Verify is mandatory in 12 states
- 6.6 Million E-Verify queries were run in 2008*
- Over 1000 companies sign up each week*
- More than 100,000 employers use E-Verify today*
- 96% of workers immediately are authorized to work through E-Verify*
- Employees have the right to contest results
- 13% of all new hires were E-Verified in 2008

*Reported by Department of Homeland Security

Advantages of using FYI Screening for E-Verify:

  • As a designated E-Verify service provider, FYI Screening can help you join the growing ranks of those employers who use the E-Verify system to confirm the legal status of workers in the United States.
  • Seamless integration into our online background screening system. When you order a background check on an applicant you can easily order an E-Verify check.
  • Quick, accurate results
  • Confirmation number provides streamlined record-keeping in one convenient online location.  This is great for companies with multiple locations.
  • Reduces liability by providing an electronic trail for auditing.

For more information about E-Verify, please contact us at 1-800-809-2419 or click here.

Employee Screening Articles For February 2009

March 2, 2009

In case you missed any of our employee screening articles for February, here’s a quick recap of our most popular:

Smart, Compliant Hiring Decisions Made Easy

FYI Screening, Inc. is a leading global provider of employee screening solutions to corporations, government agencies, healthcare systems and educational institutions.

  • Contact us for a 10 minute online demo of the easiest, most cost-effective and reliable solution for employee screening.

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The Dangers of Using Social Networks for Employee Screening

February 11, 2009

Employee Screening Through Social Networks is one of the top ten trends in the employee screening industry for 2009.

Jackie Ford, who is a partner in the employment law group at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP, wrote an article about this hot topic in today’s MarketWatch:

Various studies suggest that upwards of 40% of employers have trolled Facebook and other social networking sites for information on potential hires — and that when they find negative information on these sites, more than 80% of the employers factor that information into their hiring decisions.
Given how common the practice is, are employers well advised to use whatever information they can, from wherever they can? Not so fast.

While there is no specific prohibition on checking an applicant’s Facebook page, employers should carefully weigh the potential hazards before entering these waters.

Read four of the biggest traps for the unwary.

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Employee Screening Articles For January 2009

February 2, 2009

In case you missed any of our employee screening articles for January, here’s a quick recap of our most popular:

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