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 […]

Tales of Those Who Tried

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Since the events of September 11, the majority of companies in America have made performing pre-employment background checks standard procedure. However, most educational institutions have not kept the same pace with their employment screening programs, and may not check faculty members for criminal histories. The following excerpt is from a story that was published in […]

Minimizing the Risks of Negligent Hiring, Pre- and Post-Hire

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There has been no shortage of public cases in recent years in which employing organizations have neglected to check the backgrounds of employees prior to hire and have suffered damaging consequences because of it. People get hurt, lawsuits are filed and companies get hit hard with bad press. If you’re reading this article, chances are, […]