First Advantage Blog: Background Check News & Tips

Sep 21

Health Care Background Screening Check-Up (Part Two)

In the first part of this blog post, we talked about the increasing hiring demands within health care, as well as trends we see from a screening standpoint and the risks associated with those trends. To recap, we found there is a lot of noise around rescreening for both licensures as well as sanction exclusion lists. Yet many organizations are not rescreening, have kept searches in-house or are not leveraging partners and existing technology to streamline these processes. So I want to share with you some tips on how you can re-evaluate and potentially improve your screening program or policy. 

First, I imagine that many of you are working with a background screening provider today. I encourage you to leverage your relationship with this partner and ask them to provide best practices and assist with the five bullets below...

Sep 14

Survey Reveals Significant Insider Threats to Data Security

Information technology experts continue to work diligently to plug the holes in cybersecurity systems in order to prevent costly and damaging breaches. Yet, valuable data continues to leak from companies both big and small … and even from trusted U.S. government sources. According to the Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigation Report, an estimated $400 million has been lost from 700 million compromised records. What’s going on here? Are we losing the war against hackers? We decided to take a closer look at the risks incurred on the people front. To gain a better understanding of where we may be vulnerable, First Advantage conducted a survey of 337 professionals including human resources, risk management and C-suite executives about their attitudes toward internal and external security threats.

Sep 08

Recruitment: It’s a Risky Business

Risk – it’s everywhere. Knowingly or otherwise, risk is something every one of us manages every day. Take the routine drive to work – undertaken by millions of commuters every day, this humble but potentially hazardous journey is littered with risks. How we handle a particular risk will depend on its probability and potential impact – the greater the probability and potential impact, the more important it becomes to avoid or mitigate. For example, we can mitigate the risks of an accident by having a comprehensive insurance policy

Sep 02

IRS Penalties for Failure to File or Incorrect Filing

Every taxpayer is aware that there are penalties for not filing tax returns, or filing late, or failing to file correct information returns.  What may not be known as widely is that these penalties also apply to the filings required the Affordable Care Act with requirements spelled out by 26 USC §§ 6055/ 6056.

Aug 31

Health Care Background Screening Check-Up (Part One)

The Center for Health Workforce Studies produced a report that projects hiring in health care to increase by 30 percent over 10 years from 2010 to 2020. In fact, growth in this sector has likely exceeded predictions given the Affordable Care Act, which created an influx of additional patients requiring care. Granted this surge has been anticipated, but the rapid growth of the senior population, an expanding shortage of nurses and a growing epidemic of elder abuse are exacerbating this problem. Further, health care companies are inundated with ever-changing federal and state laws. We recognize that these laws are intended to protect patients; however, they make it incredibly difficult for a multi-state organization to operate efficiently while complying with the various background screening requirements.

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