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Protect Your Senior Care Facility from Lawsuits and Be Prepared for the Possible Future:Begin Developing Your Nursing Home’s Resident Criminal Background Check Processes

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM

A Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania nursing home is now paying $7.5 million after being held responsible for the sexual assault of one of its patients by a fellow resident. On the surface, that may sound incredibly unfair, but the details of the case highlight a growing problem in the senior care industry. The assailant was a man with a known criminal history of sexual misconduct, and the nursing home knew of his record. 

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Topics: background check services, Criminal records, Baby Boomers, background screen, Background screening

California Employers Subject to New Requirements When Using Criminal History Information

Posted by Jennifer Mora

Mar 2, 2017 1:31:11 PM

Educating our clients on important industry changes and regulations that affect their businesses is one of Data Facts' top goals.

California employers, and companies with branches or divisions in California, should familiarize themselves with the following information. 

*Originally posted on Littler.com by Jennifer Mora. 

In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its long-awaited “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964” (2012 Guidance).  The 2012 EEOC Guidance does not prohibit employers from using criminal records, but outlines best practices that the EEOC advises employers to follow, including a recommendation that employers, among other things: (1) remove from employment applications the question that asks job applicants to self-disclose their criminal record; (2) not make an employment decision based solely on the fact of an arrest record; and (3) conduct an “individualized assessment” before rejecting an applicant or terminating an employee because of a conviction. 

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Topics: EEOC, Criminal records, background check, background screening practices

What Have Your Employees Been Up to Lately? Background Screening Tells You

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 24, 2016 9:11:10 AM

 Pre-employment screening effectively weeds out any "bad" employees forever, right?

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Topics: Employment screening policy, Criminal records, background check, credit reports, Employee theft, post-employment screening, Drug Screening

The 411 on AKA's and Other Background Screening Best Practices

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 11, 2015 9:50:36 AM

Perhaps you are an HR Professional looking to streamline your background screening best practices and increase your successful hiring rate. Or, you have noticed that your background check process still allows unsavory applicants through to your new employee pool.

No matter the reason, it's a good idea to realize hiring is a slippery slope. Prepare for a successful new year by reviewing and revising your company's hiring practices. 

And this means understanding the criminal records search and how it helps get the most out of the background screening process. 

Here are four big DO's to employ in your criminal records search process for 2016. 

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Topics: Background screening, Criminal records, criminal records search, adverse action procedures

Background Screening: Which Applicants Are Registered Sex Offenders?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 24, 2014 10:59:01 AM

Perhaps the biggest obstacles that hiring managers must remember is:

Don’t judge a book by its cover!

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, Employment screening policy, Criminal records, criminal records search

Don't Get Stuck With A Bad Hire! Verify Your Applicants!

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 23, 2014 9:07:00 AM

VERIFY! VERIFY! VERIFY

Employers who do not perform a thorough background check on potential employees are opening themselves to increased risks of choosing a bad hire, hiring lawsuits, and embarrassing public gaffs.

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Topics: Criminal records, Employment Eligibility Verification, Reduce Employee Turnover, education

5 Ways to Protect Your Company From Employee Theft

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 24, 2014 10:08:00 AM

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 75% of employees steal from their employers, with the majority of those doing so repeatedly A typical business loses as much as 5% of revenues due to employee fraud. This margin could be the difference in keeping your doors open or shutting them!

Employees are 15 times more likely to steal than a non-employee (according to the National Federation of Independent Business).

Staggering figures like these may be hard to accept, but unless set policies to minimize theft are in place in advance,your business could be very negatively effected by employees with sticky fingers. 

Why Employee Theft Happens

There are 2 obvious reasons why employee theft is such a prevalent problem.

Opportunity - most  businesses are vulnerable to employee theft. Many business owners delegate day to day bookkeeping, banking, and accounts receivable responsibilities to one or more employees, usually those who are most trusted.

As an owner, you may have a ballpark sense of your banking and accounts receivable information, but for the most part, you concentrate on your work and leave the "number-crunching" to others.

Motive - Once an employee is caught stealing, the motive usually becomes clear. The employee may have an unknown addiction - to gambling, drugs or something else. The employee may simply be living beyond his or her means. Some employees justify stealing by feeling the company owes them something 'more'. 

Often, an employee rationalizes the theft while continuing to steal larger and larger amounts. The employee may have more sinister and specific motives, such as harboring bitterness at being passed over for promotion or being demoted and intent on proving that he or she is too smart to get caught stealing.

Measures should be put into place to protect your company from employee theft. Here are five tips for preventing or stopping employee theft:

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Background screening, Criminal records, 2014 hiring, Good hiring practices, Best Practices, Employee theft

4 Ways Employers Can Reduce Workplace Violence

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 16, 2014 1:06:00 PM

Violence in the workplace is a serious issue for large and small employers alike. 

OSHA defines workplace violence as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors. Homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,547 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2010, 506 were workplace homicides. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a major concern for employers and employees nationwide.

Below, we will discuss 4 ways employers can reduce workplace violence and provide their employees and clients a safe working environment.

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Topics: Background screening, Employment screening policy, Criminal records, background screen, 2014 hiring, Data Facts, Workplace violence

Background Screening News: Louisville Votes to 'Ban The Box'

Posted by Susan McCullah

Apr 9, 2014 9:02:00 AM

Louisville Kentucky is the latest city to move toward prohibiting employers from using applications which ask about a job seekers criminal records and prior convictions. 

The Louisville Metro Council unanimously approved a 'ban the box' ordinance. Under this ordinance, people seeking jobs with the city or with many of the city's vendors would not be required to complete applications asking if they have a criminal conviction, before any type of official background screening process begins.

City lawmakers discussed various issues about the 

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, Background screening, Criminal records, 2014 hiring

Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know Pt 2

Posted by datafactssolutions

Apr 1, 2014 9:53:00 AM

Last week, we discussed several issues that employers needed to be aware of before using background checks in their hiring process. This week, we will expand on that information. (This information was taken from a joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.)

Using Background Information

EEOC
Any background information you receive from any source must not be used to discriminate in violation of federal law. This means that you should:

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, Background screening, Employment screening policy, background screening company, Criminal records, NAPBS, background screen, background check, criminal records search, FCRA, 2014 hiring, wordpress blog, Good hiring practices, EEOC

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~~Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager/ Background Screening Division for Data Facts, Inc, a 25 year old Memphis based company. Data Facts Inc -an NAPBS accredited company- is a leading provider of employment screening solutions. Check out our website for a complete explanation of our services.