Background Check Information

An opportunity sprouting? Background-check firm eyes medical marijuana dispensaries
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article

It may be months before Pittsburgh-area residents can fill a prescription for medical marijuana at a neighborhood dispensary, but Gary Brown is already eyeing the newly licensed operators as potential clients. “We’re trying to get in on the ground floor,” said Mr. Brown, who handles new business development for USA Background Checks, headquartered in Imperial. “I’m trying to reach out, but it’s very difficult. They are in the infant stages.”

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Do’s & Dont's for Conducting Employee Background Checks:
NAPBS Urges Employers to Focus on the Importance of Background Screening during the Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again, when employers are in hiring mode for seasonal temporary workers to bolster their workforce in anticipation of the barrage of shoppers, diners and visitors this holiday season. The global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimates that retail stores will hire 700,000 temporary workers to weather the holiday shopping rush.

As the holiday shopping season kicks into full gear, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) reminds employers that properly screening job applicants is more important than ever.

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The Facts about Background Checks

Since the beginning of 2013, there has been a resurgence of interest in the topic of background checks. Most recently, background checks have taken center stage in the debate over immigration reform, often cited as one of several steps undocumented immigrants must complete on the potential pathway to citizenship. Before that, the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, CT, prompted renewed calls for mandatory background checks in the political clash over gun control. While the context may change, the role of background checks is well established as an effective tool for a variety of uses. Interestingly, the term "background check" means different things when used in different contexts.


Credit Reports and Scores:
What should I look for in my credit report? What are a few of the common credit report errors?

Make sure your credit report contains only items about you. Look for information that is inaccurate or incomplete, such as accounts that do not belong to you, addresses of places where you did not live, names of employers you did not work for, or information that should no longer be on your credit report, such as a bankruptcy that is more than ten years old.

If you find errors, you should contact the credit reporting agency from whom you obtained the report, and the creditor or whoever provided the information (called the "furnisher" of the information). The copy of your credit report will include information about how to dispute inaccurate or incomplete information.

*Source: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau