Advisories

Background Platform Rolls Out New Look

Inquirehire’s Instascreen is moving from 2.0 to 2.5 effective April 30, 2015. If you would like a copy of the user’s guide to help navigate, click the link below.

E-Verify Federal and Sub-Contractor Rules

Effective January 15, 2009, Federal contractors and subcontractors will be required to begin using the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ E-Verify system to verify their employees’ eligibility to legally work in the United States.

FCRA Compliance/Mandates Document Disposal

On June 1, 2005, a new administrative rule came into effect under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA). This rule requires every employer that employs one or more employees to follow a disposal rule to shred any and all documents that contain information derived from a credit report.

Acquisitions

Business acquisitions and mergers are becoming a common method for business expansion into new geographies or markets. All acquisitions involve the integration of personnel into a new organization. There may be hidden liabilities in the absorption of unfamiliar staff into a larger organization.

HIPPA Requirements for Healthcare Providers

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) of 1996 required the establishment of programs to combat healthcare fraud and abuse. As a part of the program, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) was given the authority to levy civil monetary penalties against entities that submit claims for healthcare services rendered by employees or contractors whom they know, or should know, have been excluded from participation in federal healthcare programs. Penalties can be as high as $10,000 per infraction. Three infractions can lead to permanent exclusion from the Medicare program. In addition, the OIG can impose an assessment of three times the amount claimed.

FBI Criminal Background Checks

Employers have increased the use of background checks to minimize the risk of making a poor hiring decision. But the term ‘background check’ is broad and often has many interpretations. A basic component of a good background check is an investigation into an applicant’s past to find criminal convictions.

OFAC Requirements for Auto Dealerships

OFAC stands for the Office of Foreign Assets Control under the US Department of Treasury. OFAC manages and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, narcotics traffickers, and weapons traders. OFAC has the ability to freeze foreign assets under US jurisdiction.

Worker's Compensation Claims Check

Conducting an historical check of an applicant’s prior worker’s compensation claims can be an effective background investigation component for some positions. However there are a number of limitations that employers must be aware of before requesting and utilizing this information.

Non-employee Background Checks

Many employers have implemented an effective pre-employment screening program to minimize risk in their hiring process. However, employers still face another important question. What about contractors, temporary workers, or vendor personnel who have access to the workplace, business records, and IT systems?

False Education Claims

The practice of lying in our society has become all too commonplace. In a recent study 42 percent of young people said “a person has to lie or cheat sometimes in order to get ahead.” In a separate study, 95 percent of college-age respondents were willing to lie to get a job. 41 percent reported that they had already done so.