State Criminal Background Checks “Only as Good as the Records They Keep”

The phrase “you are only as good as the records you keep”, no longer only pertains to your taxes. This is what some organizations are discovering when reviewing their current screening practices. A recent review done by the state of Ohio has proved that their statewide criminal database is nothing more than “cobbled data” that is “running on borrowed time”.

From local law enforcement to day-care centers looking to avoid hiring individuals with criminal histories the challenge is real. This system doesn’t always reveal the truth about the people they are dealing with. A study of thousands of intertwined criminal-conviction and fingerprint records with processing errors have backed up the system, thus keeping the real pertinent data from being discoverable by those who need it most.

In 2014 alone the state of OH had to inform employers of 195 instances in which they provided a clear record for an individual for employment purposes, to then later return to the employer with the unfortunate news that a mistake had been made and the individual did have a criminal history.

Here at Credential Check Corporation, we get asked regularly which source our clients routinely use as a best practice in regards to criminal records.  Obviously there are benefits to utilizing the state repositories to cast a wider net and some states have better data than others; however, they shouldn’t be your only source. Over the 30 years we have been in business, we have seen a best practice evolve among our clients of utilizing county level searches along with statewide database searches to ensure that you retrieve the most accurate information possible.

For more information on the different levels of criminal searches and what model best fits your organization, please contact Credential Check Corporation at 888-689-2000 or sales@credentialcheck.com

New Book “The Rise of HR”

We attended an Ann Arbor, MI SHRM Dinner Presentation on March 25th where the speaker was Dave Ulrich. Dave is one of the editors for the new book from the HR Certification Institute called the “The Rise of HR”.  Dave is the Rensis Likert Professor of Business at the Ross School of the University of Michigan, and a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value.  He has published over 25 books on HR.  HR Magazine has honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for being “the father of modern human resources.”

Dave was brilliant, funny and relevant. And, a great dinner speaker.  Dave focused on the future of HR and the outcomes of effective HR.  He discussed the platform of talent, culture and leadership as well as competence, commitment and contribution.

The book, which Dave gave us permission to distribute, contains a series of essays from 73 Human Resources thought leaders from across the globe.  It focuses on the critical issues transforming Human Resources.  We hope you enjoy it.

The Rise of HR – EBook Click Here

For more information or to learn more about CredentialCheck®, please contact our team at 888-689-2000 or info@credentialcheck.com

 

CredentialCheck® at the Michigan HR Day Conference- Booth #B16! – April 16th, 2015

For our Michigan friends: Do you want to tap into some interesting insights on Background Screening, Drug Testing and Compliance and not get “sold” on a new service? Visit with Ken, Ryan and Carly at Booth B16. We never get tired of sharing knowledge but more than sharing, we love to listen. Stop by and say hi!  Who knows, you may even win a Coach bag!

Click here to view the agenda for the conference: Agenda

For more information on this event or to learn more about CredentialCheck®, please contact our team at 888-689-2000 or info@credentialcheck.com

Credential Check to Attend NAPBS Legislative Conference

Credential Check will be attending the NAPBS Mid-Year Legislative Conference in Washington DC from April 12 through the April 14th.  This conference focuses on regulation, legislation, education and compliance related to the background screening industry.

NAPBS was formed by background screening companies in 2003 to promote ethical business practices and compliance with state and federal laws by Consumer Reporting Agencies (background screening companies) as well as to foster awareness regarding consumer protection and privacy rights.   What started out as a US based group has grown well beyond the borders of the United States now with established international chapters including Asia Pacific Rim Countries (APAC), Canada and Europe. 

The conference offers significant regulatory and legislative insight which is not only important to Credential Check but is also of great value to our clients.  One of the greatest challenges faced by human resources is the compliant screening of employees.  In this time of varying municipal, county, state and federal laws, it is even more critical for companies to stay on top of new and emerging compliance requirements.

As a founding member of NAPBS, we fully embrace what NAPBS stands for and applaud the efforts of many who have strengthened our profession in countless ways by volunteering their time for the benefit of all companies.   Many businesses are safer as a result of the services provided by professional screening firms and we are proud to be a part of this organization.

For more information about Credential Check or NAPBS, please feel free to contact us with any questions at (888) 689.2000 or info@credentialchecheck.com.