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Considering an Applicant With a Criminal Record

According to the U.S Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), over 90 million individuals, approximately 30% of the population in the country, have a criminal record on file in state criminal history repositories.   This statistic does not include traffic infractions (e.g., improper turns, parking violations, failure to stop, some speeding violations, among others) which are the most common […]

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NAPBS Is Now The PBSA

NAPBS Has Evolved Into a Global Organization and Rebranded as the Professional Background Screening Association.  On September 9, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) publicized that its members voted at the 2019 NAPBS Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, to approve the association’s rebrand to the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA).  Established in 2003, PBSA is the only association of […]

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Should You Screen Current Employees?

You’ve hired a new employee. After sending them a job offer, you run a background check to search for any red flags. Their previous employment, education, and criminal history all come back clear. So you’re done with employee screening now, right? Well, not exactly. To continue to have a safe workplace and for your customer’s safety, it […]

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These Important Steps Reduce the Risk of Employee Theft

Employees are given much responsibility and are essential to running a business. That can also create a significant risk. Employee theft is a big issue that small business owners face in the United States.  According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), nearly two-thirds of small businesses fall victim to employee theft and forty percent of employee theft is […]

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Why Background Checks are an Essential Part of Hiring Seasonal Employees

With the weather warming up and students finishing up their school year, businesses are starting to hire temporary employees for the summer. These workers are vital to companies where business grows during certain months of the year.    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, amusement parks, museums, restaurants, spectator sports, and fitness centers, all experience spikes in […]

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New York City Bans Pre-Employment Testing of Marijuana in 2020

New York City will soon prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to submit to testing for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the active ingredient in marijuana.   This bill, Introduction No. 1445-A, was approved by the New York City Council on April 9 and was enacted after the 30-day deadline passed without a signature from the mayor. It will go into effect in a year.   This […]

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Exactly How Accurate Are Fingerprint Background Checks? 

It is commonly thought that a fingerprint background check is an all-encompassing background screening. No two fingerprints are alike, so the background check would be accurate, right? However, the criminal records associated with the fingerprint are sometimes incomplete. We will go into detail explaining what a fingerprint background check is, the industries that use it, […]