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The Opioid Crisis: What You Need to Know

By Sandra Shinn
November 15, 2017 Category • General

There is hardly a person that the current opioid crisis does not affect. Whether you personally know someone who suffers from opioid addiction, or you know a friend of a friend This is a very real and growing problem that continues to touch the lives of too many people. In this blog, were going to address some of the main factors of the opioid crisis, with the help from our friends at Quest Diagnostics: How Does it Start? Yes, opioid addiction can begin by just hanging out with the wrong crowd, but more often than not, it begins at a doctors office. Many prescriptions for painkillers are careless or overprescribed, which can frequently leads to the misuse of the prescription. Quest shares how misuse can work: Misuse occurs when a prescribed drug is taken in a way that is not consistent with a physicians orders. For many, deviating from a doctors instructions may lead to dependence on painkillers and, in the worst case scenario, seeking out to find street drugs like heroin

How Thoroughly are Carnival Workers Vetted?

By Sandra Shinn
November 06, 2017 Category • General

Carnivals and fairs have recently been a hot topic up for public debate after several incidents this year involving assault, sexual harassment, and drug abuse happened all over the nation. With no government oversight, state laws, or local regulations, its important to understand how each employee is vetted and hired so we can all feel safe and have peace of mind at our next carnival. What it essentially comes down to, is that the hiring and vetting processes are solely determined by each company for each carnival, festival, and fair. This includes determining whether or not a company wants to perform a background check at all on a candidate, and even when deciding which past criminal offenses they will or will not accept when looking at an applicants record. Sometimes, this means applicants with criminal history can slip through the cracks For example, employee Jeffrey Thomas Pendzimas of the Minnesota State Fair, was charged with sexual assault on a woman in front of her children

What HR Needs to Know About Expunged Criminal Records and Background Checks

By Sandra Shinn
October 17, 2017 Category • General

This blog has been written by Roy Maurer of SHRM. Pre-Check is re-posting it with permission. Roy Maurer | roy.maurer@shrm.org Employers that conduct background screens need to keep up as states expand the types ofcriminal records eligible for sealing or expungement. Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., recently proposed to wipe clean the arrest records of people who were not later convicted. Her plan joins a spate of efforts dubbed second chance or clean slate bills that would limit employers access to criminal records of arrests without convictions, minor misdemeanors and even low-level felonies, to improve ex-offenders job prospects. Most states allow for criminal records to be sealed or expunged, although laws vary by state. Some states do not permit expungement, or they allow expungement under very limited circumstances. Dealing with sealed or expunged records can be tricky for employers conducting background screens because of differences in state laws and the

Ban the Box: Federal Updates

By Sandra Shinn
October 04, 2017 Category • General

In the latter half of 2016, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued changes to the Ban the Box rule, which included prohibiting agencies and employers from inquiring about an applicants criminal history until the agency or employer has made a conditional offer of employment to the applicant. Ban the Box quite literally refers to removing the box on job applications asking if the applicant has a criminal record. Now, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has created guidelines that Human Resources agencies and hiring managers must comply with. Employee Protection from Discrimination Under the Civil Service Law, employees are protected from discrimination based on conduct that does not adversely affect their job performance. However, agencies and hiring managers can take convictions into account when determining an applicants suitability for a job. A conviction that has no bearing on job duties or performance may not be the basis for discrimination for or against anyone. Requesting

More Hiring Restrictions for Employers from the Ohio House

By Sandra Shinn
September 21, 2017 Category • General

Employers: Have you heard about the Ohio Houses House Bill 187? Its proposal is to protect the privacy of employment applicants; however, it could also make the hiring just a little bit trickier you. House Bill 187: According to 2017 BARNES THORNBURG LLP, House Bill 187 provides that no employer may request an applicants Social Security Number, date of birth, or drivers license number before making an offer of employment. The Problem: You might already see why this new bill could be frustrating for employers. These are the key pieces of information employers and Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) use to check criminal records, driving history, credit history, previous employment, and more. The bill does state that an employer may obtain information for these background screening reasons, but this is unrealistic because it forbids employers from providing this information to third parties, like us. If House Bill 187 becomes law, employers will undoubtedly have to begin

Employment Updates from the DHS and SSA

By Sandra Shinn
September 06, 2017 Category • General

In this weeks blog, Pre-Check is sharing employment updates from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA). The DHS focuses largely on federal preparations to deal with terrorism while trying to manage other duties, including border security, customs, and emergency management. The SSA is the government agency that administers the social insurance programs of the United States. They cover a wide range of social security services, like disability, retirement, and survivors benefits. The updates below come from the Best Practices Committee and will impact employers and their end-user clients. SSA has a revised Form: Form: https://www.taxverification.com/form_SSA-89.pdf An updated Consent Based SSN Verification Form SSA-89 (Rev 04-2017) from the SSA was released on 6/26/17. You have until year end to make the transition to the new document. What does this mean? CBSV is the superlative personal identifier validation methodology as it matches

A Simple Guide to International Background Checks

By Sandra Shin
August 22, 2017 Category • General

Why Run an International Background Check? Many times, employers and hiring managers find themselves with job candidates who have lived abroad, or perhaps they may even have satellite locations in other countries. In these cases, international background checks are necessary for pre-employment screening. And as international job candidates become more and more common, international background checks become more important. Especially as criminals continue to cross international borders. An international background check will allow an employer to make a more informed hiring decision. Using a CRA Choosing a credible Credit Reporting Agency (CRA) is always an important factor in your typical background screening process, but it can be even more crucial when running an international background check. This is because international background screening is much more complex; CRAs must be aware of each countrys own laws and process governing what information can be legally obtained, how it can

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 ( http://www.business2community.com/human-resources/serial-plaintiff-uses-fcra-threaten-employers-earns-230000-settlements-01589506#vwSX7ubsbSRIJ4BC.97). 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: bob@pre-check.com

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