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(08/16/2016) Santa Clara Strike Update

Corporate Screening has learned that the Santa Clara California County clerk’s union has reached a tentative agreement with the court. The clerks are working again, but the number of files each researcher can order each day is limited for the rest of the week, as the clerks attempt to catch up with the backlog. As a result, search delays are expected until the workflow returns to normal.

For more information about the agreement, please visit: http://abc7news.com/news/striking-santa-clara-county-court-workers-reach-tentative-agreement-with-management/1467837/

Corporate Screening regrets any inconvenience that the court strike may have caused.

(08/08/2016) Latest Update on Santa Clara Strike

As an update to news about the Santa Clara California Court clerk strike, Corporate Screening has learned that the clerks remain on strike today and they are prepared to remain on strike for 2-3 weeks, if necessary. As a result, background screening results may be delayed.

Additional information about the strike is available at: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_30220137/court-strike-by-santa-clara-county-workers-moves.

Corporate Screening will continue to monitor events and share information as we learn more. Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

(08/04/2016) Update: Santa Clara Court Clerk Strike

Please note that the Records department at the Santa Clara California Courts will be closed for the next two days, as there is nobody available to pull files for court researchers. The strike is anticipated to continue at least through Thursday, and no work will be available until Monday, August 8, 2016 at the earliest.

As before, Corporate Screening will continue to monitor these events and keep you updated as we learn more. Once again, thank you for your patience and we apologize for any background delays caused by the strike.

(08/02/2016) County Clerks in Santa Clara County, California to Go on Strike

Corporate Screening has learned that court clerks in Santa Clara County, California will go on strike on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. This means that no case files will be pulled by the clerks on Wednesday, which effectively prevents our researchers from obtaining the majority of criminal case information in this county. As a result, your background check results could potentially be delayed. Please note that court researchers are still able to access the criminal index, so returning clear results is not anticipated to be a problem during the strike.
At this time, there is no prediction as to how long the strike will last. Although Court management will be running mandatory court functions during the strike, they will not be staffing the counters, which means an inevitable backlog.
Corporate Screening will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated as we learn more. In the meanwhile, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Corporate Screening Achieves Background Screening Credentialing Council Re-Accreditation

(Middleburg Heights, Ohio, July 28, 2016) – Corporate Screening is pleased to announce that it has successfully demonstrated compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP), according to the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC). This marks the second time Corporate Screening has realized this accomplishment.

“We are gratified to be acknowledged by the NAPBS for our continued commitment to the background screening industry,” remarked Greg Dubecky, President of Corporate Screening. “Many of our clients have to undergo accreditation, and are well aware of what it takes to become and remain an accredited organization. And it provides clients with the additional reassurance that the results they receive from Corporate Screening are from an industry leader.”

The BSCC oversees the application process and is the governing accreditation body that validates the background screening organizations seeking accreditation meet or exceed a measurable standard of competence. To become accredited, consumer reporting agencies must pass a rigorous onsite audit, conducted by an independent auditing firm, of its policies and procedures as they relate to six critical areas:  consumer protection, legal compliance, client education, product standards, service standards, and general business practices.

About Corporate Screening

Corporate Screening (www.CorporateScreening.com) is a Cleveland-based provider of pre-employment screening and background check investigations for many of the nation’s top employers and schools. As a leading consultant to human resources and corporate security professionals, Corporate Screening combines state-of-the-art data gathering technology with in-depth examination and analysis to verify information and mitigate the risks associated with hiring employees. Corporate Screening’s professional staff of analysts and consultants serves the needs of hiring professionals representing a full spectrum of industries, with special emphasis on healthcare, financial services and manufacturing sectors.

Corporate Screening and ACEMAPP Successfully Launch Integration

Corporate Screening is pleased to announce the successful integration of its web-based student background solution VerifyStudents with ACEMAPP, a leading clinical rotation and placement program. The integration provides colleges and clinical sites with a single source for accessing student background checks, drug screening and immunization tracking, as they manage student clinical rotations.

“We have experienced an exponential growth in the number of organizations looking to create additional efficiency through the use of enhanced technology,” said Matt Jaye, Vice President of Sales. “Integrating student screening services with the clinical placement management system seemed like the next logical progression.”

ACEMAPP is a secure, online clinical rotation matching, student on-boarding, and document storage solution for clinical sites, schools and consortiums. Developed by the ACE System team at the Michigan Health Council, it provides an easy-to-use online tool to match and train students for clinical rotations.

“We’re pleased to provide our ACEMAPP users with this option as part of our rapidly growing list of value-added features,” said Stacy Gradowski, Director of ACEMAPP. “Verification of background checks, drug screening and immunization records can now be shared automatically and securely within the system, saving administrative time and resources.”

VerifyStudents by Corporate Screening is a fully integrated web-based solution that provides reliable and secure student background checks, immunization tracking and paperless self-scheduled drug screening. Schools throughout the country rely on VerifyStudents for its secure, convenient and cost-effective student background products and services.

“Integrating the background screening features from VerifyStudents by Corporate Screening to ACEMAPP’s online clinical management solution will simplify the workload for everyone involved,” added Jaye.

 

About ACEMAPP

ACEMAPP is a product of the Michigan Health Council, a Michigan-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating a culture of health with health professionals at the heart of the delivery system. Their mission is to build health professional capacity by offering innovative products and services. Learn more about the Michigan Health Council at www.mhc.org.

About Corporate Screening

Corporate Screening (www.CorporateScreening.com) is a Cleveland-based provider of pre-employment screening and student background check investigations for many of the nation’s top employers and schools. As a leading consultant to human resources, corporate security professionals, and program managers, Corporate Screening combines state-of-the-art data gathering technology with in-depth examination and analysis to verify information and mitigate the risks associated with hiring employees and students. Corporate Screening’s professional staff of analysts and consultants serves the needs of hiring professionals representing a full spectrum of industries, with special emphasis on healthcare, education, financial services and manufacturing sectors.

 

We Want to See You at the Cleveland HR Star Conference!

Corporate Screening will be attending the 2016 Cleveland HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn in Independence, OH from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Drawing over 600 HR professionals from Ohio and Pennsylvania each year, this year’s event features topics ranging from employee benefits and ethics, to strategy and technology, as well as everything in between.

Corporate Screening invites HR Star attendees to stop by our booth and learn more about how we can assist you with your background screening program. We look forward to seeing you there!

(07/13/2016) LabCorp Collection Sites Temporarily Unavailable

Please be aware that LabCorp is currently experiencing an issue that makes its collection sites unavailable to schedule drug screens. This is a system-wide outage for LabCorp. However, all Quest collection sites are showing as normal and you can still schedule your screenings at those sites.

Corporate Screening will continue to monitor the situation and will let you know when LabCorp has resolved their issue and its sites are once again available. In the meantime, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

(07/08/2016) Philadelphia Ordinance Restricts Credit Checks on Job Applicants

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed an ordinance that restricts the use of credit checks and credit-related information when making employment decisions. The new law became effective on July 7, 2016.

According to information from Jackson Lewis, under the law, employers cannot consider a job applicant’s or employee’s “credit-related information “in connection with hiring, discharge, tenure, promotion, discipline or consideration of any other term, condition or privilege of employment with respect to such employee or applicant.” The term “credit information” has been defined broadly to include “[a]ny written, oral, or other communication of information regarding a person’s: debt, credit worthiness, standing, capacity, score or history; payment history; charged-off debts; bank account balances or other information; or bankruptcies, judgments, liens, or items under collection.”

If adverse action is taken against an applicant or employee from credit-related information, the employer is required to notify the person in writing. The notification must identify and provide the information that the employer relied upon. Then the applicant or employee must be given an opportunity to explain the information at issue before the employer can take any final adverse action.

Exemptions

The new law applies to any employer, public or private, unless the employer falls into an exemption. Exemptions include:

  • Law enforcement agencies and financial institutions,
  • The City of Philadelphia “where credit-related information is sought “with respect to efforts to obtain information regarding taxes or other debts owed to the City,” and
  • If required by state or federal law.

There are also job-specific exemptions to the law. Credit-related information can be considered for jobs that:

  • Require an employee to be bonded under applicable law,
  • Is supervisory or managerial in nature,
  • Require “significant financial responsibility to the employer” (not including duties customary in the retail setting),
  • Involve access to sensitive financial information (not including information customarily obtained in the retail setting), or
  • Require access to “confidential or proprietary information that derives substantial value from secrecy.”

 

Complaints

Aggrieved individuals can file complaints with the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, and individuals may pursue action in court after administrative remedies have been exhausted. Successful litigants may receive compensatory and punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, court costs, and injunctive relief. Employers may also be subject to administrative penalties.

In light of this law in addition to recent significant amendments to Philadelphia’s ban-the-box law, it’s very important that employers review their policies and procedures to ensure they are in compliance with this new law. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Corporate Screening account representative.