Mental Health in the Workplace is Important: Here's Why You Should Promote It

By Sandra Shinn
August 08, 2018 Category: General

Promoting mental health in the workplace is important for many reasons, one of the primaries being that nearly one in five Americans are affected by mental health or neurological disorders. With such a high statistic, its becoming crucial that more employers are aware of mental health issues and work diligently to promote wellness. Mental Health Issues Can Develop Mental health issues can be in effect prior to employment but can also develop during employment. In many cases, these developments are associated with high stress. An unhealthy work environment or a work environment that does not promote mental health can easily cause an increase in mental health issues among employees. With an increase in employees affected by mental health, a decrease in productivity will be seen. An employer should be proactive in mental health and keep all employees aware of factors that increase mental health risks. Offering strategies to help with mental health and maintaining a positive pathway to

The 10 Best Reference Questions You Need to be Asking

By Sandra Shinn
July 25, 2018 Category: General

Reference checks are conducted when a recruiter or a background screening agency calls a job candidates provided references and asks them questions to verify the candidates background, past experiences, and overall character. When conducting a reference check on a potential employee, it is important to ask the right questions. But how do you know whats best to ask? Here are the 10 BEST questions that you should definitely be asking during a reference check! Are you able to verify the candidates employment history, job title, pay, and former responsibilities? When did their employment end? How and when did you meet the job candidate? If you could hire/work with the candidate again, would you want to? Why/why not? Did the candidate ever advance or receive any promotions/demotions during their employment? Did the candidate miss excessive amounts of work or arrive late frequently? If so, did this influence his/her job performance? What were two of the candidates biggest strengths

Background Screening: Human Resources Professionals' Perspectives

By Sandra Shinn
July 12, 2018 Category: General

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) commissioned to conduct a second national survey of 2,137 human resources professionals to gauge their views on background screening. Their first survey was taken in 2017 and the most recent in 2018. The result of the survey reveals that 95% of employers use one or more types of background screening. Of the respondents, 86% said they screen all full-time employees and 68% said they screen all part-time employees. Of the only 5% of respondents who said they do not conduct background checks; 23% said it is because they use other screening tools, 19% cited the associate costs as being too high, and 17% did not have a reason as to why they do not conduct background checks. Why do Employers Conduct Background Checks? The main reason 86% of respondents said that they use background checks is to protect their employees, customers, and others associated with their company. Other top reasons included: 52% said

Latest in Law: SSN E-Sign Provision

By Sandra Shinn
June 26, 2018 Category: General

In recent news, President Trump signed a bipartisan bill on May 24th to reform and loosens key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Below we examine the key components: Regulatory Relief One provision included in the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act will bring to date the Social Security Administration. The provision will accomplish updates by creating a Consent Based Social Security Verification (CBSV) system that accepts electronic signatures as consumer consent for financial institutions or service providers trying to verify a customers identification. Along with electronic signature comes an added security measure in the process of verifying an identity. Accepting these electronic signatures will allow the Federal Government to keep up with the speed of technology and its advancements. Additionally, the changes will improve efficiency on behalf of both consumers and the government, as well as increasing confidence with the extra security. Combating

The Resurgence of Cocaine

By Sandra Shinn
June 11, 2018 Category: General

Cocaine has seen resurgence in the United States in recent years. This is due in large to coca cultivation rising 18% just between the years 2015 and 2016 alone. In Columbia, the government has tried to eradicate the farming of coca; however, because so many of the countrys citizens rely on this income, the government created a program to help these families change the crops they farm rather than just to eradicate them. While farmers switched from growing coca and went into farming items like bananas and coffee, others found out that the government was paying these people to stop growing coca, resulting in more growth of coca. This way, the farmers could be paid by the government as well to stop. Following these issues, the Columbian government estimated there is around 465,000+ acres of coca crop, which is the highest seen in decades. This increase is so high that the U.S. government sees it as a threat to the progress made in the fight against cocaine use and disbursement in the United

Bob Talks About Background Checks

By Administration
June 08, 2018 Category: Criminal Background Checks

In this video series we visit with Bob Drusendahl, founder of Pre-Check to get a better understanding of what kinds of background checks are out there and how they can benefit you. Bob tries to demystify simple background checks that may not do too much to protect you from more serious background check practices that can mean the difference in hiring the right employee for your workforce versus the wrong employee that may hinder or even hurt your workforce. Join us in this video to understand more about the extensiveness of a background check and how it can make a difference in your business. After all, we want you to hire the best! Why Background Checks are so Important from Pre-Check on Vimeo. Fill out the Form Below to Ask Bob More...

SSN E-Sign Provision Signed Into Law

By Sandra Shinn
June 05, 2018 Category: General

SSN E-Sign Provision Signed into Law Brent Smoyer NAPBS State Govt Relations Grassroots Director Brent_Smoyer 10 days agoThu. May 24, 2018 - 2:29 pm 21 1 Government Relations Legislative Update On Thursday, May 24 President Trump signed into law a bi-partisan bill that enacts certain reforms to Dodd-Frank and includes a significant win for the background screening profession. A provision included in the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155) will modernize the Social Security Administration (SSA) by directing the Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (CBSV) system to accept electronic signatures as consumer consent for financial institutions or service providers trying to verify customer ID. The provision was authored by a bi-partisan group of Senators including: Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI). Accepting electronic signatures will

New Research Shows Hiring the Right Person May Mean Overlooking a Criminal Record

By Sandra Shinn
May 30, 2018 Category: General

Recent research suggests that employers are more frequently willing to overlook criminal records for the right employee. Currently, one in three adults have a criminal record in the United States, which is causing employers to consider prospective employees with criminal histories If that applicant is well suited for the position. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted a study and uncovered that certain types of criminal histories are more commonly overlooked by employers, including DUIs, drug- related crimes, and misdemeanors. Human Resource professionals tend to be more forgiving than managers on these minor charges. The outlook of consideration for substance-related crimes is 78% by Human Resource professionals and 65% by managers. Very similarly, the overlook of misdemeanor charges is 70% by Human Resource professionals and 67% by managers. Other crimes such as property-related felonies, violent felonies, financial crimes, and sexual felonies are less

States Move to Ban Synthetic Urine

By Sandra Shinn
May 24, 2018 Category: General

This blog was written by Quest Diagnosticson May 4, 2018 by Bonnie Bush: Workplace drug testing today has evolved since its introduction in 1970s. As the landscape of illicit drugs continues to change, people continue to find and new and creative ways tocheat a urine drug test. Synthetic urine has become a popular means of attempting to elude a positive drug test result, considering it often contains uric acid, a chemical naturally found in urine. The sales boom of synthetic urine products such as UPassTM, Quick Fix, and Xtream has attracted the attention of state lawmakers. Photographed holding up a bottle of fake urine during a hearing, Mississippi Representative Willie Bailey shined a spotlight on the issue of fake urine. His state proposed a bill known as the Urine Trouble Act to tackle the issue of safety-sensitive employees using synthetic urine to circumvent drug tests in industries such as transportation and manufacturing. Although the bill passed in the Mississippi House,

This Year's Hiring Trends for Business Growth

By Sandra Shinn
May 18, 2018 Category: General

Any businesss ultimate end goals involve increasing productivity and efficiency to be profitable (and maintaining profitability thereafter). To do that effectively, businesses should analyze the latest hiring trends each year that result in growth. This year, there are three primary trends we can look at and incorporate into our hiring strategies: Shorten the Hiring Process The most important trend in hiring for business growth is to shorten the hiring process. Prospective employees have been polled, and a majority says that the hiring process is drawn out and reflects negatively on the business when the process stretches past 14 days. Long hiring processes also lead to long-standing unfilled positions, which cause current workloads to be pushed onto other employees, overall lowering employee morale. To prevent a long hiring process, new interview techniques are being used, such as one-way video interviews and artificial intelligence. The interview is conducted and recorded,

Making the Workplace More Accessible for People with Disabilities

By Sandra Shinn
May 03, 2018 Category: General

Inclusion and equality are among the top reasons workplaces are making their facilities more accessible. Disabled individuals want to be able to do what everyone else can and go where everyone else can go. It can be viewed as unfair and exclusive when your workspace and facilities are designed in a way that does not consider all humans and their potential needs. Yes, there are legal and safety aspects of workplace accessibilities, but today, companies must go beyond the minimum. This thought process goes past the companys own doors. When hosting an event or going to a career fair, are employers thinking about potentially disabled attendees or applicants/candidates? When making fliers and promotional materials, is the marketing department considering individuals who have visual disabilities? Think about these seemingly minor obstacles that could be causing your own company to exclude individuals with disabilities. Recent research studies convey the widespread economic benefits

International Background Checks: Data Privacy Updates

By Sandra Shinn
April 18, 2018 Category: General

Retroactively effective to May 25, 2018 the European Union (EU) has started to enforce the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which was approved on April 14, 2018. Pre-Check highly encourages organizations who are performing international background checks to adopt a new, updated consent form (below) to keep your company in compliance. This regulation applies to all companies processing and holding the personal data of [individuals] residing in the EU, regardless of the companys location. Personal data constitutes as anything from a photo that can directly identify the person to having their email addresses. It is stated on the EUGDPR website that if companies are not in compliance with their background check documentation they may be subject to some heavy fines. Penalties can be up to 20 Million which converts to approximately $24.7 million for violations. Please visit for more information on the GDPR ruling. There are additional resources on

Understanding Substance Abuse

By Sandra Shinn
April 04, 2018 Category: General

Did you know that urine drug testing positivity among the combined US workforce increased 5% from just last year alone? This is the highest annual positivity rate since 2004. More specifically, marijuana positivity rates have increased by 75% in the US workforce in oral fluid testing. With rampant drug abuse on the rise, especially in the workforce, Quest Diagnostics feels it is important to shed light on the epidemic. They have released their detailed white paper, An Exploration of Addiction, so we can all get a better understanding of substance-abuse disorders. Below, we have summarized the highlighting points of the white paper: The Difference Between Substance Abuse and Recreational Use Substance abuse occurs when the use of drugs and/or alcohol is recurrent and causes clinically and functionally significant impairment Like health issues and disabilities. Conversely, those who use drugs recreationally (every once in a while) are not considered addicted and do not suffer

Using Consumer Reports: What Employers Need to Know

By Background Checks
March 29, 2018 Category: Employment Screening,

Consumer reports, otherwise known as employment background checks, offer you peace of mind as you hire employees from outside your company or promote them from within your current ranks. However, with these compilations of credit reports, criminal records and more, comes great responsibility. Consumer reports require you to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), enforced by The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), when hiring, promoting, demoting or enacting other employment decisions. Whether you are hiring, promoting, retaining or reassigning people, the FCRA keeps you within the law. This organization requires you to: Give applicants written notification that you use consumer reports to make employment decisions Obtain written permission from individuals being considered to access their consumer reports Let the company from which you request consumer reports know you did the above. And, promise not to discriminate based on the reports findings or misuse the information provided. To

Criminal Checks with the Pre-Check Company

By Bob Drusendahl
March 26, 2018 Category: Background Checks

In this video interview with Bob Drusendahl of the Pre-Check Company well explore what it means to have a criminal background check done by the Pre-Check Company, which is a Cleveland Ohio based firm that conducts background checks on a nationwide basis. Some of the highlights of the video include: Two day and 6hr turn-around times. One of the fastest in the industry. Single County Check Felonies Misdemeanors State Wide Checks Global national search of hundreds of databases State Specific Search Felonies Misdemeanors National Checks, also known as Pre-Check complete. Federal Checks Have a Question for Bob? Ask him any question pertaining to this video below:

FCRA Pre-Adverse and Post Adverse Notifications: A Summary

By Sandra Shinn
March 26, 2018 Category: General

Pre-adverse and post-adverse are broadly defined terms under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). However, it is essential to understand the importance of these terms and the legal obligation to collect authorization and provide the proper documentation once an adverse action is taking place. An adverse action is the denial of a position or promotion based on the findings contained in consumer reports. Essentially, candidates have a right to know why they are being denied a job position and are provided with an opportunity to respond to any adverse action. We want to help keep employers compliant; here are our guidelines and recommended best practices: 1. Obtain a signature authorizing any background check to be processed 2. Provide the Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Report Act providing this ahead of time can give the candidate or employee an opportunity to review and provide an explanation of any potentially negative information beforehand. 3. If there

How Technology is Changing the Human Resources Department

By Sandra Shinn
March 06, 2018 Category: General

Technology is a tool that is steadily enhancing the way Human Resources (HR) Departments perform their everyday tasks. Technology is also driving change and steering these departments towards more streamlined processes and data-driven decisions. It lessens, and sometimes even completely removes the barriers of time constraints, inconsistencies, and insufficient resources. With technology (like the systems below) taking over tedious workloads, HR professionals can focus on more strategic initiatives, hiring top talent, retaining employees and strengthening internal operations. The Applicant Tracking System Days on end spent screening hundreds of applications is now over! With an applicant tracking system (ATS) providing options to filter out unqualified applicants, companies get to the top talent immediately. Integrating an ATS with a background screening provider and any onboarding software can create a seamless, modern experience for job candidates. Theyll be impressed with

Drug Testing Around the World Increases with the Rise of Drug Abuse

By Sandra Shinn
February 21, 2018 Category: General

The statistics from the 2017 Quest Diagnostics international drug testing case study are in. According to this study, approximately 183 million individuals tested positive for marijuana, 37 million for methamphetamines, and 35 million for opioids. With an estimated 312 million drug users worldwide, it is crucial that organizations in the private sector recognize the challenges associated with their drug testing procedures and plan accordingly. Additionally, it would be wise for them to develop or enhance a drug-free workplace program, or even begin offering current employees assistance and/or rehabilitation for treatable conditions and drug abuse. Drug testing to prevent drug abuse on and off the job remains the number one priority. Whether inside or outside of the United States, organizations continue to try to ensure fast turnaround times and convenient drug testing sites for their applicants and employees. So, what happens when an applicant or employee happens to be overseas

DOJ To Announce Criminal Enforcement Actions For ‘No-Poach’ Agreements

By Sandra Shinn
February 08, 2018 Category: General

Recent publication from Seyfarth Shaw on January 25, 2018 announces, Employers should investigate their hiring and compensation practices to ensure compliance with recent antitrust pronouncements. The recommendation from Seyfarth Shaw of conducting an internal investigation is due to the recent developments regarding Antitrust Laws that establish the rules of competitive employment in the marketplace. Surprisingly, there are plenty of different scenarios that could get employers and/or their company/organization in trouble with the Department of Justice (DOJ). This means potentially being held accountable in upcoming class action law suits. The Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals emphasizes the rules surrounding free and open markets: Organizations and individuals cannot establish naked agreements with others that compete to hire employees. These agreements include wage-fixing or no-poaching collaborations among multiple employers. Such agreements are looked

Workforce Drug Positivity at its Highest in 12 Years

By Sandra Shinn
January 23, 2018 Category: General

Based on recent analyses performed by Quest Diagnostics, there has been a huge increase in illicit drugs particularly cocaine driving workforce drug positivity rates to their highest in the past 12 years. The analysis consisted of more than 10 million workforce drug test results, and were sharing some of the key findings in todays blog post: Urine Testing Urine drug testing positivity as a whole has increased by 5% from last years rate of 4% - the highest annual rate since 2004. Cocaine For the fourth consecutive year, there has been a urine drug testing positivity increase for cocaine use, having risen by 12% since 2016. However, one of the most surprising findings is that post-accident drug tests conducted were positive more than twice that of pre-employment drug tests. This was also higher than the rate of random drug tests. Marijuana Marijuana use has been climbing over the years, and it comes as no surprise that marijuana positivity rates have increased by 75% based