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By Mark Ridgeway 10 Nov, 2017
Conducting background screening and having a practical screening program are not the same thing. Whether you are new to screening or want to move from “screening” to “sensible screening,” it is important to understand four fundamentals of employment screening.  
  1. Not all information is available instantly.  Despite online offerings to the contrary, a quality background check will generally take one to three business days to complete and, in some cases, longer. The U.S. Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)  requires a screening company to “follow reasonable procedures to assure maximum possible accuracy.” This means searches must often be conducted at the source, such as a school, courthouse, state licensing bureau or a previous employer.
  2. National criminal databases are not definitive sources.   Commercial (non-governmental) databases are often advertised as “national,” but this is a misnomer. These databases are developed by purchasing criminal records from numerous sources and using techniques like screen scraping and web harvesting to capture records. These massive databases often contain up to a half billion records. They do not contain all criminal records in the U.S., because some sources will not sell a copy of records or allow records to be captured. Additionally, records within the database may be incomplete or not reflect the current record status
  3. The subject of the background check is part of the process.   Per the FCRA , the subject of the background check must know about and authorize the background check before it is requested from the screening company. The subject has the right to a copy of the report and must have an opportunity to dispute inaccurate information in the report before an employment decision is made.
  4. Employment screening is heavily regulated.   Federal, state and even local law govern the preparation and use of background reports when prepared by a third party, like an employment screening company. These laws and regulations are applicable even if the background report contains only public record information, such as criminal records.
By Mark Ridgeway 27 Oct, 2017
We are so excited to announce we were chosen as the Best Background Check Company from the NWA Democrat Gazette's 2017 Best of the Best awards!

Thanks to all who voted for us!

Our employees work hard to deliver fast, reliable information to employers so that they can hire the right people. 

CourtHouse Concepts was established in 1999. We are an accredited employment screening company that offers background checks and drug testing nationwide and in several countries abroad.

Whether you're a small businesses or Fortune 500 company, we've got you covered!
By Mark Ridgeway 20 Oct, 2017

In January 2017, Arkansas became one of 29 states that allows marijuana use for medical purposes. The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act (MCA) was passed in November 2017, but it will likely be Spring of 2018  before marijuana dispensaries in Arkansas are ready to distribute marijuana to those with medical permits.

However, now is the time for Arkansas employers to become familiar with the MCA and adjust their businesses drug policies accordingly.

Arkansas has adopted strong employer protections in their medical marijuana statute and is demonstrating that it is very employer-focused when it comes to cannabis in the workplace.

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