5 Ways Background Screening Providers Help Small Businesses

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As an increasing number of small businesses implement employment background screening, there are several important factors to consider when determining whether to conduct background checks in-house or to utilize an on-demand provider. Determining who conducts your background checks can be a critical factor in the effectiveness of your program. While there may seem to be […]


Form I-9 Audits & Penalties Continue to Intensify

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Maintaining a compliant Form I-9 program continues to be imperative, as fiscal year 2012 saw a record number of audits and enforcement actions by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for non-compliant Form I-9 programs. ICE conducted more than 3,000 audits in fiscal 2012, compared to just 250 in fiscal 2007. Audits of employer’s Form […]

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You Can’t Put a Value on Safety: Running Background Checks on Health Care Volunteers

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The opportunities to volunteer within health care organizations are virtually endless. From assisting with disaster response to chatting with patients, health care volunteers help lower labor costs and fill in service gaps. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between September 2010 and September 2011, there were about 64.3 million volunteers in the U.S. Of […]

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6 Reasons Companies Made Bad Hires in 2012

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A recent study by CareerBuilder reveals how frequently companies choose the wrong candidate when filling job openings and how costly it can be. According to an online survey of 2,494 hiring managers and human resources professionals, 69 percent of their companies experienced costly bad hires in 2012. Just one bad hire can be highly detrimental […]

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DOT Responds to Recently Passed Marijuana Laws

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued a Notice clarifying that state initiatives have no bearing on the DOT regulated drug testing program. This notice emphasized that “marijuana remains a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act” and that it “remains unacceptable for any safety-sensitive employee subject to drug testing under […]