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Nearly 130 Chicago Public Schools’ Employees Dismissed Due to New Background Screening Policies

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has reevaluated their background screening policies to address safety concerns that their previous guidelines allegedly missed. As a result of these updated rescreening policies, nearly 130 employees have been terminated, recommended for dismissal, or have resigned. While CPS hasn’t notified IL’s Board of Education that the dismissals were related to abuse or neglect, it should be noted that schools do not have to tell the board the reason they are referring an educator for misconduct if the dismissal is not related to these two factors.

Cases like this demonstrate the importance of establishing detailed and compliant rescreening policies for your organization. A longtime employee that was hired prior to the establishment of a comprehensive background screening policy could have records you’re not aware of. Furthermore, conducting routine post-hire checks on employees will identify criminal records that occur after the pre-employment check. Choosing an NAPBS accredited Consumer Reporting Agency can ensure you get the information you need to protect your organization.

Click the link below to read more!

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-school-background-checks-20181119-story.html


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HomeAdvisor’s Background Screening Policies Resulted in a Family Unknowingly Hiring a Contractor With a Criminal Record

A couple in Union County, North Carolina hired a contractor through HomeAdvisor.com to conduct renovations on their home. They selected HomeAdvisor since, according to one of the homeowners, “The things I had read on HomeAdvisor’s site were that they had background checked pros in our area that were experienced.” Unfortunately, the licensed contractor they selected eventually abandoned the job after mishandling the renovation. At a later point, the family learned that the contractor had a federal felony conviction from 2014 that should’ve been located on his HomeAdvisor background check and that he was on supervised probation while he was working in their home.

This story demonstrates the importance of understanding what type of background check is conducted on any third parties you work with. Not all background checks are created equal, so the best practice is to determine what (if any) searches are being conducted as well as the scope of these searches. For example, HomeAdvisor’s site states that their criminal background checks consist of a National Criminal Database search for any relevant criminal activity associated with the owner of a business with a three-year scope from their HomeAdvisor membership application date. A National Criminal Database search, while useful for identifying records, is not a comprehensive search since federal records as well as cases in jurisdictions that do not report to these databases would be missed.

Click the link below to read more of this story and reach out to CRC to learn more about what types of searches constitute a comprehensive criminal background check!

https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/investigations/investigators/homeadvisor-recommended-contractor-with-criminal-record-to-union-county-couple/275-612314170


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CriminalRecordCheck.com (CRC) Fulfills Requirements to Maintain NAPBS Accreditation

CRC is proud to announce that we have successfully fulfilled the requirements to continue in the NAPBS’ Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program! Accredited agencies demonstrate a commitment to legal compliance, consumer protection, and operating at the highest industry standards. This includes completing an interim surveillance audit during the third year of accreditation to ensure that the agency has abided by the Background Screening Credentialing Council’s standards.

As one of the first 100 background screening companies to achieve accreditation status, CRC will continue to provide industry leading screening services to our customers.


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NAPBS Pursues Litigation Against Bentonville Arkansas District Court

Category : Legal

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) is pursuing litigation against the Clerk of the Bentonville Division of the First Judicial District Court of Benton County Arkansas. The NAPBS is alleging that the clerk is using a “gross misinterpretation” of the State’s Supreme Court’s Administrative Order 19 to deny access to publicly available information. The NAPBS is a non-profit trade association that represents over 880 member companies that offer employment, tenant, and volunteer background screening services.

According to the official complaint, the clerk is currently requiring any person seeking individual court records to pay $5,000, complete a “Compiled Records License Agreement” and obtain a compiled records license from the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). The complaint also states that Administrative Order 19 and the compiled records licenses are only to be used for bulk extracts for a large number of individuals and this does not apply to individual case records. Following this type of regulation would make it extremely difficult for background screening companies to remain in compliance with the state’s request and provide screening services for subjects in this area.

Seven of the ten Arkansas courts that were denying public records have restored access, while only three continue denying the NAPBS’ requests: Bentonville, Craighead County-Lake City, and Craighead County – Jonesboro Division. Whether the NAPBS will consider filing a complain against both Craighead courts remains to be seen.

Click here to review the Arkansas State’s Supreme Court’s Administrative Order 19

Click here to review the official complaint