Keeping Our Children Safe: The Vital Need to Conduct and Enforce Background Checks for School Bus Drivers

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Commercial truck drivers who deliver vital commodities across the United States must pass thorough background checks and meet stringent safety regulations.

Yet a recent CBS News investigation revealed that many school bus drivers – the people charged with protecting the safety of children on the road to and from schools and summer camps – are not held to the same exacting standards. And the results of such leniency have occasionally proven catastrophic.

According to the article, there are approximately 22,000 bus crashes a year, leaving thousands of students injured. And on average, at least once a week a school bus driver is arrested for driving under the influence, child pornography, or even sexual assault.

Fingerprints – A Touchy Subject

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Is it true that just as each snowflake is different, every leaf is singular, and no one looks exactly like Steve Buscemi, every fingerprint is unique? If they’re used to solve crimes, aren’t they a completely dependable way to base a background check on a job candidate?

And today, not only crimes but smartphones, laptops and many other of our latest and most advanced devices can be secured with a fingerprint, right? Biometric technology, as it’s called, seems unbeatable since fingerprints can’t be duplicated. While you may be able to alter your visage with Photoshop and modify your voice with Audacity, fingerprints can’t be altered. We all know that. And as such, fingerprints can be relied upon as an accurate source for criminal history, correct?

In fact, the facts prove otherwise.

Four Best Practices for Building a Background Screening Program to Comply With a Myriad of Federal and State Laws

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by Paul H. Kehoe and Pamela Quigley Devata, attorneys with Seyfarth Shaw LLP It is critical for businesses to provide a safe environment for their employees and customers, and to protect the company’s interests. Whether you are hiring employees, working with independent contractors, or engaging volunteers, background checks can help make sure you have the […]

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Clarifying the Different Types of Criminal Background Checks

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Conducting criminal background checks provides many benefits to employers and the public including creating a safer workplace, reducing the risk of negligent hiring lawsuits, reducing employee theft, and more. However, determining which type of criminal background checks to conduct can be challenging. In some cases, employers may unknowingly be exposing themselves to risk by not […]

11 Best Practices to Help Meet the Updated EEOC Enforcement Guidance

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently updated its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This update impacts employers that conduct criminal background checks. While criminal background checks are still permitted and remain a valuable tool in hiring the […]