Background Screening: When Do Employers Need to Comply With the FCRA?

By Sandra Shinn
August 10, 2017 Category • General

The FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) is a federal law that regulates how Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRA) use consumers information. The Act compels employers to ensure the information they gather and distribute is a fair and accurate summary of a consumers credit history. The law isintendedto protect consumers from misinformation being used against them. As a standard, whenever employers use a third party (like Pre-Check) to conduct background checks on either applicants or employees, the FCRA will apply. The FCRA governs how employers both obtain and handle consumer reports, including a regular background check. Furthermore, and FCRA consumer report is defined as any written, oral or other communication of any information by a CRA bearing on a consumers credit worthiness, credit standing, credit capacity, character, general reputation, personal characteristics or mode of living by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). So, for employees, this would include credit reports, criminal

New Recreational Marijuana Laws: What You Need to Know

By Sandra Shinn
July 25, 2017 Category • General

In recent events, recreational Marijuana laws are changing despite harsher federal laws put back into place or introduced by Jefferson Sessions, Attorney General. Sessions has reintroduced mandatory minimums, directing federal prosecutors to give the most severe penalties possible for crimes, including those that are drug-related. Furthermore, tougher sentences will be given to those growing, selling, or smoking Marijuana, which is a part of The Task Force on Crime Reductions and Public Safetys reassessment report of federal Marijuana policies. The report is expected to release later this week on July 27th. Sessions has been a long-time advocate against Marijuana as he ties the drug together with violent crime. Yet, several states have begun loosening their laws on marijuana. In 2016, up to 8 states lessened their Marijuana laws, while 4 states legalized the use of the drug for those who are 21 years of age and older. What prohibits drug use is quickly and frequently changing after

Make the Smart Hire

By Sandra Shinn
June 08, 2017 Category • General

Make the Smart Hire For small businesses, finding good, quality help seems to be an ongoing challenge. One reason for this is because for many entrepreneurs, there just arent enough hours in the day to properly screen candidates. Pre-Checks Smart Hire system, however, can help add back the time small businesses need to make smart hiring decisions.Learn more abouthow Smart Hire makes recruiting easy by clicking here.

KISS: When it Comes to Disclosures

By Robert Drusendahl
May 25, 2017 Category • General

As a young US Army Lieutenant, I was taught the KISS (keep it simple stupid) method of planning. As General George Patton has been quoted, A good plan today is better than a great plan tomorrow. KISS came to mind at last Marchs National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) convention in Washington DC, where all of the speakers seemed to have the title Esq. after their names (lol). There was much discussion about Serial Plaintiffs who apply for a multitude of positions, not with the intent of getting a job, but with the sole purpose of finding flaws in the employers Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance to extract a monetary payment from the employer ( These professional plaintiffs have managed to extort millions of dollars from potential employers because it is cheaper and minimizes the risk of negative publicity

Drug Use in America: Why Background Screening is Crucial

By Sandra Shinn
May 10, 2017 Category • General

The rise of drug use is unfortunately not uncommon in America. The sad truth is that almost every single person has been affected by drug use either personally or indirectly. Still, drug use continues to rise with each passing year. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015 alone. Opioid addiction seems to be driving this epidemic with over 20,000 deaths related to prescription pain killers. More alarmingly, there is an even larger increase of marijuana and heroin use worldwide. A study conducted in 2014, found that between 2010-2012 alone, deaths from heroin overdose nearly tripled, accounting for nearly 56% of the population using heroin. Most drug overdoses linkedto prescription pain killers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin over the past 20 years are overprescribed, causing addiction, which typically leads toheroinuse as highs lessen over extended use and time. Over 94% of people in the United States have

USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

By Sandra Shinn
May 03, 2017 Category • General

Original Article Source: USCIS.govas relayed by The Pre-Check Company Release Date: April 19, 2017 WASHINGTON U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017. These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features to create cards that are highly secure and more tamper-resistant than the ones currently in use. The new card designs demonstrate USCIS commitment to continue taking a proactive approach against the threat of document tampering and fraud. They are also part of an ongoing effort between USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enhance document security and deter counterfeiting and fraud. The Redesigned Cards The new Green Cards and EADs will: Display

NAPBS Members Head to Capitol Hill

By Robert Drusendahl
April 03, 2017 Category • General

On March 19 through March 22nd, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) had their semi-annual meeting in Washington DC. After the conference on March 23rd, the day before the big vote on health care was scheduled, 110 NAPBS members went to Capitol Hill to speak with congress about various matters that concerned the criminal background screening industry. For a point of reference, background screening companies are called CRAs under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The NAPBS has been working tirelessly to inform and educate federal and state legislatures on consumer protection issues related to the FCRA. A recent survey indicated that 96% of employers surveyed do background checks and that 89% of these same employers did so in an effort to protect their employees for harm. Other matters related to comparing our process of performing background checks, which includes having court researchers physically check county and municipal court records in comparison

The EEOC's New Acting Commissioner: What Employers Need to Know

By Robert Drusendahl
February 27, 2017 Category • General

On January 25th, Victoria Lipnic was appointed the new Acting Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (EEOC) by President Trump. Prior to her appointment, she served on the EEOCs board since 2010. Several of her contributions in the EEOC have given guidance on important workplace issues, including as theuse of leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA,employer-provided wellness programs,harassmentprevention, and the use ofsocial media in the workplaceandbig data in employment. Upon her appointment as Acting Commissioner, Lipnic stated that President Trump claimed her responsibilities were related to Jobs, jobs, jobs. She twice emphasized that the key words in the EEOC were Employment Opportunity. Going forward in 2017, Lipnic states that while Systemic Lawsuits provide broad impact and are important, individual cases still matter. In 2016, there were 91,000 charges with 139 Merit suits being resolved. This is the largest number of charges related to Retaliation,

Helping You Hire the Best!

By Sandra Shinn
January 26, 2017 Category • General

With nearly 25 years of experience, Pre-Check provides you with quality services such as criminal background checks, employment reference checks, drug screening, and recruiting services... Allowing you to make accurate hiring decisions. Watch our latest video below to learn more about how Pre-Check can help improve the quality of your hires! Have a question? Contact Bob Drusendahl:

Minimum Wage to Rise in 21 States - Including Ohio - in 2017

By Sandra Shinn
December 26, 2016 Category • General

This blog was written by Fox 8 News: Come the new year, millions of the lowest-wage workers across the country will get a raise. Some of those raises will be very minor a cost of living adjustment amounting to an extra nickel or dime an hour. But in several places the jump will be between $1 and $2 an hour. Even that may not sound like a lot, but it can provide a full-time worker with another $40 to $80 a week. That money, in turn, can make it easier to pay for essential expenses, such as groceries, commuting and keeping the lights on. All told, the minimum wage is set to rise in 21 states, at least 22 cities, four counties and one region. The majority of those increases will take place on Jan. 1, but in Maryland, Oregon and Washington, D.C., they go into effect in July. Meanwhile, the state of New York will be bumping up minimum pay on New Years Eve of this year. The biggest minimum wage raises, percentage wise, will be in Arizona (up 24% to $10), Maine (up 20% to $9) and three

Important Employment-Related Deadlines to Remember for 2017

By Andy Lembach
December 07, 2016 Category • General

Ohio Workers Compensation The workers comp policy year for private employers runs from July 1st to June 30th. The 2017 policy year will run from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Although the start of the policy year is months away, enrollment for many important workers comp savings programs are right around the corner. Here is a list of some of the important deadlines coming up in the next few months: January 31, 2017 This is the deadline for the following programs for the 2017 policy year (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018): Group Retrospective Rating Deductible Program One Claim Program Individual Retrospective Rating February 28, 2017 Self-insured employers need to have their annual SI-40 reports filed by the end of February. Self-insured employers also need to make sure that they have paid the first half of their self-insured assessment payments by the end of February. March 31, 2017 Drug-Free Safety Program: Employers that participated in the Drug-Free Safety Program

2016: A Year in Review

By Sandra Shinn
December 05, 2016 Category • General

Another successful year is coming to an end, and with 2017 right around the corner, we wanted to recap Pre-Check and Pre-Select for you! Below is a list of 2016s major changes, initiatives, and more! 1.Pre-Checks New Logos Website Visually, Pre-Check made some big strides with our new logo! The old logo: Our new look: In addition to this new branding, we have a brand new website for you to check out! Pre-Checks new website features easier navigation, updated imagery and content, and more useful information for users. 2.Pre-Selects New Logos Website Just like Pre-Check, Pre-Select underwent some slight logo tweaks The old logo: Our new look: Now on Pre-Selects new website, our menu, services, blog content, pricing and more are easy to find for your browsing leisure. Be sure to take a look at some of our wonderful clients and their testimonials while youre there! 3.Our Tie-Guy Video Video? Thats right, weve started video marketing for Pre-Select! Watch our animated

United We Stand

By Sandra Shinn
November 15, 2016 Category • General

By now you have heard the news. You know that Donald Trump is our President-Elect. In one of the largest political upsets and tense presidential races in history, Donald Trump has won and will be inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Right now, our country appears divided and tensions are higher than ever. Words are being said and actions are being taken that cannot be undone. Pre-Check would like to take this time to request that you, your friends, and your family stand united and as one. Now more than ever it is important to commit acts of love and kindness in the wake of what divides the American people. Share a positive attitude and mindset with all you encounter and spread optimism. Our country needs its citizens united and strong regardless of what the future holds. Lets take a look at a few words and actions of encouragement, put together by Good Housekeepingdespite what side of the political spectrum you fall on: 1. Amid the negative conversations about immigrants, Ilhan

Top Interview Strategies: Part II

By Sandra Shinn
October 03, 2016 Category • General

A couple weeks ago we divulged Pre-Checks top interview strategies and how to overcome certain hiring obstacles to you. Today were sharing our research on other companies and individuals interviewing methods, advice, and best practices they have found effective in choosing the right candidate. Weve summarized our findings below: Be Prepared Research the candidate: Chances are your interviewee has already been phone screened either by you or an appointed employee. Youve reviewed their resume, youve chatted them up, and now its time to meet them. Have you done any additional research? It wouldnt hurt to look them up online to see if they have any public information on social media sites, such as LinkedIn or Facebook. You might gain some valuable information to ask your candidate about, like an achievement or experience they can expand on. Fully understand the job and its roles: Be sure you are qualified to ask the important questions and make the hiring decision for the job position

Ohio and the Legalization of Marijuana: What Employers Need to Know

By Sandra Shinn
September 15, 2016 Category • General

Recently on June 8th, Ohio passed legislation legalizing the use of medicinal marijuana, becoming the 25th state to do so. This law became effective on September 6th. Physicians are now able to recommend medicinal marijuana to individuals diagnosed with a number of qualifying conditions and diseases, including Alzheimers Disease, Crohns Disease, Cancer, Glaucoma, and Tourettes Syndrome. Though the use of medical marijuana is now legal, the smoking of marijuana is still prohibited. Qualified users may consume marijuana by edibles, vaporizers, tinctures, patches, plant materials, and oils. Marijuana cultivators, processors, dispensaries, laboratories, and registration of physicians all must have state licensure. For the Department of Justice, the legalization of medical marijuana means that they will no longer attempt to prosecute medicinal marijuana distributors or challenge state laws. But what does this mean for employers? Employers are protected by several of the laws safeguards. For

Pre-Check's Top Interview Strategies

By Sandra Shinn
September 01, 2016 Category • General

Photo credit: Over the last 23 years, Pre-Check has had a great number of applicants, several of which had very colorful histories. Our interviews are designed to identify the best hires that meet our culture and are able to perform the duties of the job. A key success factor for us is to not only to better understand the initial answer that the job seeker provides but to learn how the potential hire will react in an actual work environment. For instance, we have a question termed the Kobayashi Maru, which is named after the Star Trek saga. In this instance, Starfleet Academy cadet, James T. Kirk, was the only candidate to successfully pass a stressful exercise where there was a no-win scenario. In this question, the most creative job seekers provide solutions that involve redefining the problem which includes a test of their character. In our specific question, we ask a multi-faceted question, where there are no absolute correct answers. This allows us not

Finding Quality Wokers: A Job for Smart Hire

By Sandra Shinn
August 01, 2016 Category • General

Small businesses are currently facing a crisis finding quality labor. According to Luke Kawa of Bloomberg, almost 50% of small businesses that attempted to fill open positions in the second quarter conveyed they received few or no qualified candidates (NFIB Small Business Optimism Report). Furthermore, at the end of June, NFIB reported that 29% of small businesses said they were unable to fill job openings; 15% of owners stated finding quality labor was the biggest and most-important issue. So how can a business overcome the obstacle of finding qualified candidates? Pre-Select Smart Hire has been helping small businesses nationwide find quality applicants for the past year. It is available in two different packages: Red and Blue. Smart Hire Red allows customers to lease Pre-Select, an Applicant Tracking System, for a 60 day period. Use of Pre-Select is an efficient recruitment tool helping employers organize the hiring of their employees. The other option, Smart Hire Blue, permits Pre-Select

The Cleveland Curse is Broken

By Sandra Shinn
June 23, 2016 Category • General

52 years, 4 teams, 150 seasons, 11835 games. It all comes down to tonight, trying to become the first team in NBA history to come back from 3-1 in the Finals, against a team who hasnt lost 3 games in a row in almost 3 years. The city is led by a Cleveland native and hometown hero, who leads the series in every statistical category. Do you believe in miracles? That is what Collin Oliva, a Cleveland local, wrote on Facebook the night of June 19th, Game 7. Millions of others from Cleveland and around the world tuned in to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors go head to head for the championship for the second year in a row. Social media was buzzing with prayers and encouragement from Cleveland fans, like Collin, in hopes that their team would win one for the land; people praising The King Lebron James for leading the team thus far to Game 7. After tip-off, fans kept to social media to express their feelings about the tooth and nail game. The next three hours

Does Workplace Drug Testing Work?

By Sandra Shinn
June 15, 2016 Category • General

Studies suggest that drug abuse, which also includes alcohol, cost America about $276 billion/year in costs relating to lost work productivity and increased healthcare expenses. With recent changes in marijuana laws and increased use of other illicit drugs, companies are questioning the value of drug testing. Many agree that for safety-sensitive positions, like truck drivers, drug testing still provides plenty of value; but is substance abuse testing still valuable for employers? Please read the attached blog post from Quest Diagnostics to learn more about the latest metrics regarding drugs in the workplace. Does Workplace Drug Testing Work? by BOB McCORMICK on APRIL 15, 2016 As marijuana becomes more widely accepted, some are questioning if workplace drug testing for marijuana and otherillicit drugs is appropriate or even necessary. Some argue that the so-called war on drugs is over and, therefore, drug testing provides no value. Yet, the reality is that there is a wealth of empirical

Presidential Memorandum: Barriers to Reentry

By Sandra Shinn
May 10, 2016 Category • General

Pre-Check feels that it is important for employers to be aware of the recent actions of the White House to address the barriers of reentry for those who have been incarcerated. The objective is to provide a second chance for jobs for those who show evidence of rehabilitation. As we have expressed in previous blogs, there are tens of millions of ex-offenders in America, and if they cannot find jobs, they will have to seek other alternatives for economic advancement. The article below is from the National Association of Professional Background Screeners. It succinctly summarizes what is happening on a federal level. Presidential Memorandum Brought to you by NAPBS Government Relations and NAPBS Partner Akin Gump NAPBS Members, On April 29 the White House unveiled a series of initiatives the Obama Administration has undertaken to reform the federal approach to reentry by addressing barriers to reentry, supporting state and local efforts to do the same, and engaging the private sector