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Comprehensive Background Checks are necessary when protecting children. A new bill (House Bill 350) to be signed by the Governor will help ensure that all childcare workers pass a national fingerprint background check every five years. The current policy in Georgia requires day care employees to...

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the official, newly revised Form I-9 for the hiring of all new employees (link below). While it is immediately effective, a 60-day grace period is provided to allow employers processing time to accommodate using...

A nanny agency in Texas is in the news. Unfortunately, it is the kind of news that none of us want (see article link below). The nanny agency ran a background check that came back clear and the nanny was placed with a family. When the...

The accuracy of your personal Credit Report is important as it can affect your financial profile and ability to get a loan. There are three large Credit Bureaus Trans Union, Experian, and Equifax. Since much of the data they obtain is automated, there are often mistakes....

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken over rulemaking and enforcement responsibilities for the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and has updated an important form related to background checks. Employers are required to start using this form by January 1, 2013. The FCRA is the...

Criminal Records California Employers have restrictions as to how they may use potential employee criminal record information. Employers may not ask or consider non-conviction matters except pending matters or post–trial diversion programs. This includes a Deferred sentence or Adjudication withheld. California Labor Code §432.7(a) regarding pending matters California...

If an employer denies a job applicant, terminates an employee, rescinds a job offer or denies a promotion based on the results of a background check, it is considered and adverse action. Under federal law there are required steps that must be followed in order to...

Background checks have become an essential component of the hiring process. A screening program may improve the quality of new hires and help companies reduce their chances of being sued for negligence. Challenges can occur when ordering background checks as data entry can be time consuming...