Posts Tagged: employment background checks

Illinois Senate Addresses Employment Background Checks for Group Home Workers

The Chicago Tribune recently reported new legislation approved by the Illinois Senate geared toward increasing safety among workers in group home settings. Known as Paul’s Law, the legislation is named for 42 year-old Paul McCann – a resident of a downstate group home who was brutally murdered by an employee at the facility. It passed… Read more »

The Rationale for Pre-Employment Drug Screening and Random Drug Testing

Substance abuse is a widespread problem that affects society and the workplace alike. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports the following alarming statistics about substance abuse in the workplace: 77% of illicit drug users are currently employed. More than 60% of adults know someone who has worked under the influence of alcohol… Read more »

Do Employment Background Checks Take More Effort Than They’re Worth?

As a business owner or hiring manager, you’re likely already using employment background checks or have at least considered using them to screen your applicants and employees. One reason employers neglect to background check their employees is the belief that the process requires more effort than it’s worth. To evaluate this belief it’s important to… Read more »

Alleged Rapist Passed the School District’s Criminal Background Check

The recent story of a school district employee hired with a rape allegation on his record is enough to make us all cringe. We see the headlines and wonder how someone like this can pass a background check? To answer this question we need to examine the numerous ways “criminal background checks” can be performed…. Read more »

Negligent Hiring or Negligent Retention: Is there really a difference?

We frequently read of negligent suits brought on by claimants who contend they were injured in some way by an accused subject whose owed duty of care was not upheld. In other words, individuals, groups, or organizations failing to uphold a legal duty of care while performing an act that could foreseeably cause damage to… Read more »

United Airlines Pilot Grounded for Posing as Cardiologist

You might assume that those who work in high-trust professions, such as medical doctors, would naturally adhere to a strict set of ethics, and therefore may not require the same strict background screening that would apply to a financial advisor or bank teller, for example. The recent story of a United Airlines pilot posing as… Read more »

D.C. Parks and Rec. Fails to Perform Background Checks?

The Washington Times recently reported that the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, after receiving nearly $1 million a year to provide child care services under the federal Head Start program, failed to meet basic background check requirements for its employees. The findings came from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services audit of… Read more »

University of Miami Accused of Racial Discrimination for Rejecting Job Applicants Based on Employment Credit Checks

A lawsuit filed in Miami federal court on November 22, 2010 alleges that the use of employment credit checks by the University of Miami constitutes discriminatory hiring practices, as defined by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. In this potentially ground-breaking class-action lawsuit, Plaintiff Loudy Appolon asserts that employers who use credit history to… Read more »

Free Webinar – Employment Verifications and Reference Checks: “There Must Be a Better Way”

“The throttle for growth for any great company is not the markets, technology, competition or products. It is one thing above all others; the ability to get and keep the right people.” This quote comes from Jim Collins, author of the book Good to Great, and it’s one we tend to frequently repeat around here…. Read more »