Have Your Employees Been Naughty or Nice?

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In these highly litigious times, employers are trying to protect their reputation, brand, and organization from risk. While it is difficult enough to recruit and hire qualified candidates, organizations also may face potential liability for retaining employees who are (or reasonably should be) known by the employer to be unfit. If the employee is found […]

Acquisitions: What You Need to Remember

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Whether looking for an increase in revenue, improved profitability, expanded market share or an expansion of new products or services, the acquisition of companies is common practice in today's fast-paced business environment. No matter how strategic or opportunistic the acquisition is intended to be, there are always concerns and potential hidden liabilities—especially concerning personnel. Cultural […]

Going Global: Tips for Checking Backgrounds Outside the U.S.

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When interviewing people who were born in one country, educated in another and have lived all over the world – the task of verifying employment, education and criminal backgrounds may seem so overwhelming that some hiring managers may skip the non-U.S. part of the background check altogether – a practice that is expedient, but inconsistent. […]

Temp Agencies Skipping Background Checks, Attracting Unfit Nurses

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An investigation by the Los Angeles Times has discovered that some temp firms that provide nurses to hospitals are taking shortcuts in the background screening process, and may be placing unqualified, incompetent and even convicted criminals as caregivers for patients. High-volume demand driven by the massive nursing shortage, scarce regulation and inadequate systems has resulted […]

Why Check Federal Criminal Records?

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Since the events of September 11, many companies have accepted the fact that conducting criminal background checks on job applicants is a priority. Criminal background checks help employers avoid workplace violence, protect against negligent hiring liability and reduce employee dishonesty losses. Below are some statistics that show why screening for criminal records is a worthwhile […]

Adjudication: You be the Judge

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Hiring a qualified, honest candidate is a goal of every company. But what if one of your short-listed applicants tells you she does not have a clean record? Let's look at the facts… Certain regulations stipulate disqualification if the applicant is an ex-offender/criminal — meaning they may be restricted from employment in industries such as […]