2017 Equifax Data Breach

While we may not offer credit reports for pre-employment screening, we do feel strongly about information security. We encourage you to read the information below issued by the Federal Trade Commission regarding Equifax's data breach that occurred between May and July of 2017. Your security is as important to us as it is to you. Take the appropriate actions if necessary, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have as to how this could potentially affect your pre-employment background check in the future. The FTC article link is posted below.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do

Background Checks: Myths vs. Reality

Myth:  I can go with any background check company.  They all provide the same information.

Reality:  Mostly true.  All information is compiled from public sources, but choose a provider you can trust.  Avoid companies that rely solely on database searches; these are often incomplete and incorrect.  Select a provider that will work with you to meet the needs of your unique organization, and that provides you with the most accurate and complete information.

Click the link below to read more myths debunked by CareerBuilder's latest study

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/careerbuilder-study-debunks-major-myths-080300982.html

Photo in paper leads to 8-year fight to get girl's identity back - Cleveland 19 News|Cleveland, OH|News, Weather, Sports

A case of identity theft that hits a little close to home, and not in the way you may expect.  A young girl had been silently and anonymously obsessed over for years.  The man who did it went so far as to change his name to hers.  Now?  He's been in jail on a rape charge and is set to be released soon, and her name has been tied to the crime.  Read more on the story below.

Thinking about dropping marijuana from your drug testing?

Last week, Ohio cast their ballots on Issue 3 - legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use.   With an overwhelming force, Ohioans took down the law specifying legal use, cultivation, and sale of marijuana within our state borders.  From a business standpoint, this is a great relief. 

In the narrated article by Tom Pool, C-SAPA Executive at DrugFreeBusiness.org, (link here) he highlights the main reasons why employers should maintain drug-free workplaces, even if the legalization law were to pass.  Some key points:

           Marijuana is still and will remain illegal under federal law

           Employers have a legal duty to protect their employees – OSHA General Duty clause

Employees who test positive for marijuana have 55% more industrial accidents, 85% more injuries, and have 75% higher absenteeism rates than those who test negative

Marijuana-related highway motor vehicle accidents increased 100% in Colorado between 2007 and 2012 since the drug had been made legal

By not having drug-free policies in place, employers have increased workers compensation claims and insurance, higher health insurance premiums, and increased liability