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Scooby Doo’s Got Nothing on Me: My Neophyte Washington DC Experience

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 “I would suggest to (businesses) that they think long and hard about why they think they need to do a criminal background check”.

John Hendrickson, Regional Attorney for the EEOC’s Chicago District

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Weekly Wrap Up-January 18, 2013

Happy Friday! I hope you enjoyed your week and caught a few of our blog posts in the last few days. If not, luckily for you, all you have to do is read our Weekly Wrap Up! Earlier in the week, we posted on a new law that will strengthen background checks for schools in Massachusetts. We also released our white paper and webinar recording from our latest webinar, How to Select a Background Screening Provider, which you can download and watch here. And I’m sure you’ve been hearing the news on stricter laws when it comes to “national” background checks and gun control. In our most recent blog, Nick highlighted information on the existence or rather lack thereof when it comes to a “National Background Check.” Check out these stories and a couple others we offered this week! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to stay tuned to our blog for the latest news in our industry.

 

Massachusetts Implements Stronger Background Checks in Schoolsschool background check

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Massachusetts Implements Stronger Background Checks in Schools

School Background Checks

Conducting background checks on teachers has become more imperative now than ever it seems. In recent months, additional measures have been taken in various states to improve the background screening process for teachers as well as other school employees and anyone else that works with or around children. In particular, the state of Massachusetts has just passed a law with several changes for the background screening process for teachers. Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill that would require a national criminal history background check as well as fingerprint screening for all teachers. The Associated Press reported that State Rep. Alice Peisch also pushed for the changes and said Massachusetts will “no longer lag behind” other states which have already adopted the national fingerprint background check.

The background checks will extend beyond just teachers and the law requires background screening for school employees, bus drivers and subcontractors. According to the press release, “Prior to this law, school districts and early education providers were allowed only to conduct name-based Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) checks covering criminal history record information for crimes committed in Massachusetts.” The law requires that fingerprints will be submitted to the state police for a state criminal history check and also forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national background check. Under the previous law, fingerprints were not required and only a state check was conducted.

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Weekly Wrap Up-January 11, 2013

Happy (belated) New Year! The year seems to be off to a good start as I write the first weekly wrap of 2013. On Monday, we talked about a new proposal in the state of New York to require background checks for anyone working at senior care facilities. Nick also shared some of his favorite blogs within the industry-check out (Blog) Rolling Out the New Year with Our Faves! for a few great resources. We also posted on yet another media report of background checks gone wrong in 5 Bad Background Checks and 1 Perception Problem (with a few thoughts on how background screening SHOULD go) Lastly, and most importantly, we’re excited that we extended our Annual Background Screening Trends Survey. We’ve gotten a great response and are keeping it open a little longer so we can hear from even more of you! So don’t miss your chance to participate and enter to WIN an iPad mini! Have a great weekend!

New York Proposal to Require Background Checks for Senior Care WorkersSenior Care Employee Background Checks

There are new stories almost every week reporting a company or organization’s failure to conduct background checks on employees working with children or the elderly. We’ve blogged on several stories recently about childcare workers or school employees who were employed with a criminal record, which was discovered after they were already working for the school or daycare. Similarly, recent cases have shown that greater care should also be taken when hiring senior care workers. Background checks for senior care workers are imperative to insuring the safety and happiness of the many parents or grandparents who are placed in their care. Read More

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5 Bad Background Checks and 1 Perception Problem

Criminal Record Background Checks

I guess you can’t blame Huffington Post blogger Erin Steiner for her post entitled “5 Stories of Background Checks Gone Awry” where she highlights five individuals who were adversely affected by inaccurate background checks.  It’s time to acknowledge that we as background screening companies and employers have a perception problem.  The mainstream media continues to highlight instances of inaccurate background checks as they occur.  I think that’s fair.  It shouldn’t happen.

Background screeners have a responsibility to their clients and to their clients’ employees and job candidates to ensure maximum possible accuracy.  That means that they should confirm that the record belongs to the subject of the report before ever reporting the information.  Employers, hiring managers and human resources can’t walk away blameless either.  They have a responsibility to partner with suppliers that are committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure the results are reliable..

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New York Proposal to Require Background Checks for Senior Care Workers

Background Checks for Senior Care Employees

There are new stories almost every week reporting a company or organization’s failure to conduct background checks on employees working with children or the elderly. We’ve blogged on several stories recently about childcare workers or school employees who were employed with a criminal record, which was discovered after they were already working for the school or daycare. Similarly, recent cases have shown that greater care should also be taken when hiring senior care workers. Background checks for senior care workers are imperative to insuring the safety and happiness of the many parents or grandparents who are placed in their care.

In New York, a new state proposal would require employee background checks on anyone applying for a job with a senior care facility. Surprisingly, the current law does not require that a background check be completed on workers in these facilities. However, a background check can be done free of charge for these facilities, so why aren’t they being done?

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Expanding School Background Checks Beyond New Hires

You may feel there is an overload of information when it comes to school background checks lately, but many schools and organizations continue to move in a positive direction. Schools are tightening security by doing background checks on not just teachers but also parents, volunteers and other school employees.

One such school district is Johnston County in North Carolina. They are hoping to change their policy so that not only new hires are screened, but every employee would periodically have a background check done to screen for any recent criminal records since they were first employed. A recent case within the school district was a teacher’s assistant in the district who “was charged with distributing heroin in, on or within 1,000 feet.”

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