The Real Cost of a Bad Hire

Jul 23, 2018
Hiring employees is generally a gamble.  One never knows if the individual who applies for employment will truly succeed.  Many individuals interview very well.  Unfortunately, once on the job, many do not really work out.  Even those who reach and surpass the proverbial 90-day probationary period are often not your ideal employee.  Yet companies and organizations often keep sub-standard performers employed years after hire, due to the time and expense of conducting a new candidate search and then training another hire. Business owners and managers, either because of inertia, or taking the path of least resistance, often take the position that the "devil you know" is better than the "devil you don't."  But is it?  If you have not conducted a "best practices" employee background check, you could have a potential time-bomb in your organization. A "best practices" employee background check typically costs less than one day of wages or salary for that employee.  Interestingly, the cost of an employee background check pales in comparison to what companies and organizations pay their employees for every day they work.  Employee compensation can easily become thousands or tens of thousa…

Use of Arrest Records in Employee and Volunteer Screening – Are You Compliant?

Jun 25, 2018
The Fair Credit Reporting Act, ("FCRA") is a Federal Government statute.  It was enacted to promote the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs), such as Reliable Background Screening.  FCRA protects individuals being screened from the willful and/or negligent inclusion of inaccurate information in a CRA's report. When the purpose is to vet an individual for employment or volunteering – whether they be an applicant or an incumbent – the FCRA imposes its most stringent requirements.  To that end, the FCRA regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer information in consumer reports – whether or not an actual credit report has been requested. In addition, there are stringent 'guidance principles,' rules and regulations promulgated by Federal and/or state agencies seeking to prohibit workplace discrimination: One example is the "guidance documents" of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – note that they are just guidance However, just because the EEOC does not promulgate regulations for the use of arrest records, does not mean there are no laws – many states and other j…

SDNs – Are You Trading with the Enemy?

May 14, 2018
Another question would certainly be: What does the Patriot Act have to do with background screening?  The straightforward response is: ALOT! In October 2001, a bill entitled: "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism," better known as the "USA Patriot Act," was passed by Congress and became the law of the land. The law's objectives include combating money laundering and terrorist financing activities.  It has also expanded the range of industries required to screen organizations and individuals.  In fact, some states also have more restrictive requirements. Implementation of major portions of the Act has been delegated to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) which is the financial intelligence and enforcement agency of the U.S. Treasury Department. It administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions in support of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives. One key aspect of the Act and its regulatory framework is known as "Trading with the Enemy".  It mandates: At a minimum, all businesses and organizations (including 501(c)(3)s) in the United States are legally required to screen, or …


Apr 30, 2018
Cyber threats to the healthcare industry are increasing daily, at all aspects of its value train: materials production; formulation; device manufacture; food supplement manufacture; formulation/assembly; packaging; distribution; and ultimately delivery.  Such threats are difficult to mitigate against since the industry is multi-national in nature, with different portions of the value chain internationally dispersed. Cyber threats are real, sophisticated, persistent and, in many respects extremely threatening to industry members, the brand, and patients/consumers, where they can be life threatening.  But where do the threats originate? The answer is surprising. According to a well-informed, validated Government source, the industry must realize that cybersecurity is human-centric – and the humans are at many times within the healthcare organizations themselves.  They include employees at all levels (full and part time), volunteers in the case of healthcare providers, contract personnel including manufacturers and consultants – indeed an upsetting, but nevertheless a well-documented reality. The Government source continues to relay the opinion that a significant vulnerability is t…
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