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:

Smart, Compliant Hiring Decisions Made Easy

FYI Screening offers a wide array of customized background screening solutions to meet any need. Human Resources and Loss Prevention Professionals in numerous industries worldwide trust FYI’s screening solutions every day to make smarter, safer and more cost effective hiring decisions.

Florida Lawmakers Pledge Changes To Their Background Screening Program

October 5, 2009

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Last week we reported about Florida’s Flawed Background Screening System and now Florida lawmakers are talking about making changes to the state system.

Laxness, Loopholes In Background Checks Of Child And Elder Care Workers

Source:  South Florida Sun Sentinel

Florida legislators pledged to overhaul state law to require that caregivers for children and the elderly undergo background checks before they begin work and to close loopholes that have let thousands of felons get jobs in day care and nursing homes.

The proposed reforms come after a Sun Sentinel investigative series last week identified disturbing flaws in the background screening system that allow people to work with Florida’s most vulnerable residents before the caregivers have been vetted.

Even people with criminal pasts can qualify for jobs as caregivers by obtaining an exemption. Thousands have sought and won official permission to work despite having records for crimes including rape, child abuse and murder, the newspaper found.

“What you have discovered is something the Legislature needs to get more serious about and get on top of immediately,” state Rep. Ari Porth, D-Coral Springs, told the Sun Sentinel. A state prosecutor, Porth is drafting legislation to require pre-employment checks and put restrictions on who can get exemptions.

George Sheldon, secretary of Florida’s Department of Children & Families, called reforming the system “a legislative priority for a number of agencies.”

“It just makes sense that the public is assured that those people who are dealing with the most vulnerable have been closely screened,” Sheldon said.

As a result of the Sun Sentinel investigation, Sheldon wrote a four-page letter Thursday to state legislators outlining his plan for a “faster, more efficient system to protect our vulnerable citizens.”

Read more here.

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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

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Sex Offenders In Ohio

September 25, 2009

Congratulations to Ohio for being the first state in the country to reach “substantial implementation” of the provisions of a federal law cracking down on sex offenders (FYI Screening, Inc. is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.)

The state is largely in compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which is part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, according to Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush on July 27, 2006.

The legislation organizes sex offenders into three tiers:

  1. Tier 3 offenders (the most serious tier) must update their whereabouts every three months with lifetime registration requirements.
  2. Tier 2 offenders must update their whereabouts every six months with 25 years of registration
  3. Tier 1 offenders (which includes minors as young as 14 years of age) must update their whereabouts every year with 15 years of registration.

Failure to register and update information is a felony under the law. It also created a national sex offender registry and instructs each state and territory to apply identical criteria for posting offender data on the Internet (i.e., offender’s name, address, date of birth, place of employment, photograph, etc.)

States, tribes and territories must “substantially implement” the sex-offender law by July 26, 2010, or face a 10 percent reduction in federal Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funding.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

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New Employee Screening Trend -Second Chance For Ex-Offenders

June 17, 2009

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There is a growing trend in employment screening that places more responsibility on employers to analyze a past criminal record to determine whether there is a business justification not to hire a person.

From The Columbus Dispatch:

Schools Could Hire Former Criminals

Custodians, bus drivers, secretaries and cafeteria workers could work in schools even with a past drug or theft conviction under a new rule being considered by the State Board of Education.

Committing a sex crime, kidnapping and murder still would prevent someone from working in a school. But some people who have committed nonviolent crimes — including robbery, cultivating marijuana or drug trafficking — could show they have been “rehabilitated” under the proposed rule.

The proposal would allow people with those less-serious convictions that occurred well in the past — ranging from five to 20 years, depending on the type of crime — work in a school if they can show evidence that they have walked the straight and narrow since. It would apply to new applicants and current employees.

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Has Your Joe The Plumber Been Checked Out?

November 17, 2008

It’s about time…

CBS 7 reports the State of Texas is now requiring background checks for people who come into your home to make repairs.

A law passed by the state legislature in the last session is aimed at making repair work safer for homeowners.

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Employee Screening Articles For October

October 31, 2008

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

Sex Offenders and Halloween Safety Tips- Part 2

Sex Offenders and Halloween Safety Tips

Pre-Employment Drug Testing For Teachers

Background Checks For The Education Industry

Background Checks For Temporary Employees

Do You Have a Sex Offender Working For You?

Immigration Crackdown – HR Director Indicted

Drug-Free Work Week

Why Gaps In Employment Are A Red Flag

$100 Million For E-Verify

Hiring For Hotels: Why Screening Is Essential

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Sex Offenders and Halloween Safety Tips- Part 2

October 30, 2008

Earlier this week I wrote a post, Sex Offenders and Halloween Safety Tips and I wanted share more information on this topic.
USA Today reports:
“For Halloween this year, more convicted sex offenders must post signs telling trick-or-treaters to stay away or saying “No candy at this residence.”

In Indiana, Maryland, Missouri and New Mexico, some registered sex offenders are required to hang such signs where they live. In Maryland, the sign is a bright orange pumpkin.

The signs are part of expanding efforts to regulate not only where convicted sex offenders live and work but also their movements on Halloween. Many states bar those on probation from giving out candy, wearing costumes or decorating their homes.”

From sheriffalerts.com:

Facts About Sex Offenders

  • In 2003, there were approximately 455,000 registered sex offenders in the United States.
  • Most sex offenders (80- 95%) assault people they know.
  • At least half of convicted child molesters report that they also have sexually assaulted an adult.
  • Over 80% of convicted adult rapists report that they have molested children.
  • Approximately one-third of sex offenders report assaulting both males and females. Research shows that most convicted sex offenders have committed many, many assaults before they are caught.
  • Most sex offenders report that they have committed multiple types of sexual assault (sexual assault crimes include exhibitionism, voyeurism, oral sex, vaginal penetration, attempted penetration, fondling, and incest).
  • Over two-thirds of offenders who reported committing incest also said they assaulted victims outside the family.
  • Some studies of victims have shown less than 30% of sex crimes are reported to law enforcement.
  • Young victims who know or are related to the perpetrator are least likely to report the crime to authorities.

Sex Offender Characteristics

  • Most offenders commit multiple crimes against multiple types of victims with whom they have varying types of relationships (adults, children, male, female, known and unknown). This behavior is known as “crossover”.
  • Sex offenders rarely commit just one type of offense. Many offenders have NO official criminal record or sex crime history of any kind.
  • There is no such thing as a “typical” sex offender; however, all tend to be manipulative, deceptive, and secretive. Sex offenders come from all backgrounds, ages, income levels, and professions.
  • The majority of offenses (80 – 95%) are committed by someone the victim knows.
  • Sexual deviancy often begins in adolescence.
  • Sex offenders usually do not commit their crimes impulsively. They usually carefully plan their crimes.
  • Approximately 4% of sexual assaults are committed by women.

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Sex Offenders and Halloween Safety Tips

October 28, 2008

This morning I received the following Updated Sex Offender Notification via email alert from the Franklin County Sheriff’s office:

You have registered the following address to be monitored for the presence of registered offenders in your area. Our records indicate that the offender (s) shown below have registered a home address within the indicated distance of your address. This email serves as your alert to be aware of the presence of the noted offenders.

It turns out I’ve got a Tier II Sex Offender, that was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, living within 1 mile of my house.  What’s even scarier…according to Watch Systems, which developed an offender management and community notification tool, “80 – 90% of citizens have a registered sex offender living within a one mile radius of their home, children’s school, or place of work.”

Do you know who the sex offenders are in your area?

I did some research and found quite a bit of useful information on sex offenders.  Normally I write about sex offenders in the workplace, but I wanted to share these Halloween Safety Tips from SheriffAlerts.com:

“Halloween can be great fun for our kids, but unfortunately there are people out there who may harm them.  Being prepared is the first step in assuring all goes well.  Make a plan for the night and talk to your kids about how to stay safe.  You can make the difference.”

To keep kids SAFE during Halloween follow these simple rules:

  • BE AWARE of sex offenders in your area.  Use your state sex offender registry or the National Sex Offender Registry. Register for automatic email alerts if available.
  • NEVER let children trick or treat alone
  • ONLY trick-or-treat if houses are well lit
  • NEVER let kids enter homes without parent’s permission

I’ll post more on sex offenders later this week.

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The Importance of Employee Screening for Nonprofits

June 20, 2008

Recently a Cincinnati nonprofit that teaches children hired a volunteer without doing an employment background check.  It turns out the volunteer is a Tier III sex offender – the most dangerous kind.  A Tier III sex offender is required to register every 90 days for life.   The nonprofit only did background checks on the full time staff and not the volunteers.

It is an industry best practice to thoroughly screen all applicants for employment and volunteer positions at nonprofits.

A recent study of nonprofit organizations revealed these key findings:

  • Each day 144 individuals with criminal records applied for employment or a volunteer position with a non profit.
  • Every 11.5 hours, a registered sex offender attempted to obtain a position at a nonprofit.