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At OPENonline, we notify you of the most recent background screening and investigative news with our timely news alerts, press releases, blog articles and legislative & compliance updates. If you are interested in submitting an article to appear on our website, please contact our marketing department.

Do you want to know one of the most common questions we hear in our industry? “Why should I pay to screen my prospective employees?”

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We advocate screening all prospective employees for a myriad of reasons such as: proving due diligence and mitigating risks of a bad hire; ensuring the candidate doesn’t have a history of bad behavior that would create an unsafe environment for your customers and other employees; and verifying the candidates previous work history and education.

Credit Checks: What Employers Need to Know

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Some organizations utilize credit reports as part of the background screening process, although there has been debate as to the legality and necessity of checking an applicant's credit prior to a hiring decision.

Generally, a candidate's financial status will not come under scrutiny unless the position necessitates either handling money or having authority over the spending of large amounts of money.

Ban the Box Keeps Gaining Steam…

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We’ve posted several times about the constantly developing ban the box laws being implemented across the country. Over half of the states have passed some sort of ban the box law, and multiple county, city, and municipalities have enacted their own legislation, making it difficult for employers to ensure compliance with overlapping laws.

The City and County of San Francisco Amends the Fair Chance Ordinance Effective October 1, 2018

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The City and County of San Francisco, Office of Labor Standards Enforcement outlined key updates to the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) on their website. The updates require employers to follow strict rules regarding applicant and employee arrest and conviction records, and covers employers, city contractors, subcontractors, and leaseholders.

Hurricane Michael Causes Court Closures and Report Delays!

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Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018. It was the strongest hurricane to hit the panhandle in history, hitting as a very strong Category 4. Hurricane Michael left widespread devastation in its wake, taking out entire communities, and has been attributed to multiple deaths across several states. More than a million people are out of power.

The Florida Supreme Court and several county courthouses closed in preparation, prior to the storm making landfall, and many are expected to remain closed for days, according to a special information page on the Florida Supreme Court’s website.

Is your business in the health care industry? Do you participate in any Federal health care programs? Are you aware of the screening requirements under the OIG/GSA?

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On May 8, 2013, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an Updated Special Advisory Bulletin on the Effect of Exclusion from Participation in Federal Health Care Programs. These guidelines recommend that health care providers screen their employees and contractors monthly to confirm that they are not on the OIG’s List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (EXCLUSION LIST), or avoid penalties and loss of funding.

OPENonline Achieves Continued NAPBS Accreditation for Employment Background Screening Services and Compliant Business Practices

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OPENonline, an industry leading provider of employment background checks and investigative services, is pleased to announce their achievement in continued accreditation with the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). OPENonline continues to be formally recognized as Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) Accredited.

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