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Essential Risk Management Pre-Employment Background Screening <br />September 28, 2010<br />11:30 am – 12:30 pm<br />Prese...
John Schwietz<br />The McDowell Agency, Inc. <br />Background Screening & Investigations<br />651.644.3880<br />JMS@McDowe...
But First…<br />THANK YOU! <br />Congratulations!<br />
What Will You Learn Today? <br /><ul><li>What is a background check?
Who uses background checks and why
What should a background check include?
How adequate is the Minnesota BCA search?
What other info is available through background checks?
Dangers and potential liability flimsy background checks
What is the process for ordering a background check?
Links to supplemental reading & home care headlines
Q&A</li></li></ul><li>What is a Background Check?<br />A public record of how a person has lived their life<br />A.K.A.: B...
Who Uses Background Checks?<br />Organizations employing individuals who will work with vulnerable populations.<br />Home ...
Why Conduct Background Checks? <br />To save money <br />Reduce the cost of hiring & minimize employee turnover<br />Annua...
Why Conduct Background Checks? <br />Thousands of cases teach us not to take applicants at face value<br />SEX OFFENDERS<b...
How Many Lures Does Your Company Have?<br />Top 5 Lures to Attract Predators <br />
You Can Make a Difference<br />When compiling a public record of how a person has lived their life you should include:<br ...
Dangers & potential liability of not having a comprehensive background check program<br />due diligence noun<br />Definiti...
What a Background Check Looks Like <br />SSN/<br />Address Trace<br />County Criminal Record Search<br />Statewide Databas...
Why All the Searches?<br />There is no singular all-encompassing source of criminal records<br />One research firm ran 500...
Online Databases<br />G<br />Only as good as what gets reported to them<br />
Is the Minnesota BCA Search Enough? <br />1. Does not contain records outside of Minnesota<br />2. Not all records from Mi...
BCA Limitations<br />MASA Study:<br />In reviewing the reports of the schools we serve, we found that more than 35 percent...
Kidnapping</li></ul>Aggravated Robbery – Armed with dangerous weapon <br />Domestic Assault <br />Terroristic Threats <br />
Q: What does it mean to receive a no record response on a public criminal history inquiry?<br />                          ...
BCA Limitations<br />Real Records from the<br />county of Freeborn, MN<br />The Results from The<br />MN BCA Search<br />Y...
County Record Search<br />How do I know which counties to search?<br />Derived from applicant's admission of current and f...
Criminal Records<br />County Criminal Record Search<br />Statewide and National Database Records<br />National Sex Offende...
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  1. 1. Essential Risk Management Pre-Employment Background Screening <br />September 28, 2010<br />11:30 am – 12:30 pm<br />Presented by John Schwietz<br />
  2. 2. John Schwietz<br />The McDowell Agency, Inc. <br />Background Screening & Investigations<br />651.644.3880<br />JMS@McDowellAgency.com <br />www.mcdowellagency.com <br />Membership Director: Saint Paul Jaycees <br /> Ambassador Committee: Midway Chamber of Commerce <br />Graduated: University of Saint Thomas<br />B.A. Business Law & Finance<br />Connect with John on LinkedIn<br />Follow The McDowell Agency, Inc. on Twitter<br />About your speaker<br />
  3. 3. But First…<br />THANK YOU! <br />Congratulations!<br />
  4. 4. What Will You Learn Today? <br /><ul><li>What is a background check?
  5. 5. Who uses background checks and why
  6. 6. What should a background check include?
  7. 7. How adequate is the Minnesota BCA search?
  8. 8. What other info is available through background checks?
  9. 9. Dangers and potential liability flimsy background checks
  10. 10. What is the process for ordering a background check?
  11. 11. Links to supplemental reading & home care headlines
  12. 12. Q&A</li></li></ul><li>What is a Background Check?<br />A public record of how a person has lived their life<br />A.K.A.: Background Study, Background Investigation, Consumer credit report, Background Screening, Etc…<br />
  13. 13. Who Uses Background Checks?<br />Organizations employing individuals who will work with vulnerable populations.<br />Home Health Care Agencies <br />Schools<br />Nursing Facilities<br />Daycare companies<br />Youth Sports Organizations<br />Volunteer organizations<br /><ul><li>Minnesota HomeCare Association Agencies</li></li></ul><li>Why Conduct Background Checks? <br />To keep customers & employees out of harm’s way<br />1 of 6 crimes occur in the workplace –New York Times<br />Homicide is 2nd leading cause of workplace death in US - NY Times<br />To protect from negligent hiring lawsuits<br />Employers lose 72% of all negligent hiring suits - American Databank<br />To have peace of mind <br />45% of all resumes contain a major fabrication - Society for HR MGMT<br />30% of small business failures are a result of employee theft -- U.S. Dept of Commerce<br />
  14. 14. Why Conduct Background Checks? <br />To save money <br />Reduce the cost of hiring & minimize employee turnover<br />Annual rates ranging between 25 percent to 100 percent - US Bureau of Labor<br />Cost of losing an employee is about 38% of the departing employee's annual wage. -Society of Human Resource MGMT<br />Total Employee Turnover Cost Calculator<br /> Turnover cost = Cost to Hire Employee + Cost of Train Employee<br />
  15. 15. Why Conduct Background Checks? <br />Thousands of cases teach us not to take applicants at face value<br />SEX OFFENDERS<br />
  16. 16. How Many Lures Does Your Company Have?<br />Top 5 Lures to Attract Predators <br />
  17. 17. You Can Make a Difference<br />When compiling a public record of how a person has lived their life you should include:<br />Searching multiple sources of information<br />Record search done at the County Level<br />
  18. 18. Dangers & potential liability of not having a comprehensive background check program<br />due diligence noun<br />Definition of DUE DILIGENCE<br />1: the care that a reasonable person exercises under the circumstances to avoid harm to other persons or their property <br />- www.merriam-webster.com<br />To protect from litigation, employers must demonstrate due diligence in the hiring process; showing reasonable care was taken to avoid possible negligent hiring<br />Avg. workplace violence lawsuit exceeds $1,000,000 - Wall Street Journal<br />
  19. 19. What a Background Check Looks Like <br />SSN/<br />Address Trace<br />County Criminal Record Search<br />Statewide Database Search<br />Nationwide Sex Offender Search<br />Nationwide Criminal Database Search<br />
  20. 20. Why All the Searches?<br />There is no singular all-encompassing source of criminal records<br />One research firm ran 500 convicts through one of the most aggressive criminal records database companies. 87% returned by database “no records found” or incomplete. - The Background Investigator<br />Un-<br />successful<br />Successful <br />
  21. 21. Online Databases<br />G<br />Only as good as what gets reported to them<br />
  22. 22. Is the Minnesota BCA Search Enough? <br />1. Does not contain records outside of Minnesota<br />2. Not all records from Minnesota are included<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />No<br />
  23. 23. BCA Limitations<br />MASA Study:<br />In reviewing the reports of the schools we serve, we found that more than 35 percent of the criminal records we uncovered would have been missed had the schools only consulted the Minnesota BCA database. – The McDowell Agency, Inc.<br />Some examples include: <br /><ul><li>Criminal Sexual Misconduct
  24. 24. Kidnapping</li></ul>Aggravated Robbery – Armed with dangerous weapon <br />Domestic Assault <br />Terroristic Threats <br />
  25. 25. Q: What does it mean to receive a no record response on a public criminal history inquiry?<br /> Other <br />possibilities include the following:<br />One possibility is that the subject does not have a criminal history record.<br />The Computerized Criminal History<br />system searches only for an exact match of the information the entered. A "no record" response could mean a number of things. <br />- MN BCA<br />Subject's records not public data<br />Subject's name entered incorrectly<br />A nickname was entered, rather than the name associated with the record<br />Criminal data about the subject was not reported to the BCA<br />Subject's record is under a former name, such as a maiden name<br />BCA Limitations<br />
  26. 26. BCA Limitations<br />Real Records from the<br />county of Freeborn, MN<br />The Results from The<br />MN BCA Search<br />You would if this is all you knew<br />FREEBORN, MN<br />------------<br />Search Type: Felony and Misdemeanor, Unlimited<br />COURT: Applicable Jurisdiction<br />CASE NUMBER: 24CR083057 GROSS MISDEMEANOR<br />DATE OF OFFENSE: 01/01/08<br />CHARGE(S): <br />CT1) Assault-5th Degree-by Caregiver-Vunerable Adult<br />CT2) Assault-5th Degree-by Caregiver-Vunerable Adult<br />CT3) Assault-5th Degree-by Caregiver-Vunerable Adult<br />CT4) Criminal Abuse-by Caregiver-Vulnerable Adult<br />CT5) Criminal Abuse-by Caregiver-Vulnerable Adult<br />CT6) Criminal Abuse-by Caregiver-Vulnerable Adult<br />CT7) Crim Abuse-Sexual-Caregiver/Staff-Vulnerable<br /> Adult-Sexual Contact/Penetration<br />CT8) Crim Abuse-Sexual-Caregiver/Staff-Vulnerable<br /> Adult-Sexual Contact/Penetration<br />CT9) Crim Abuse-Sexual-Caregiver/Staff-Vulnerable<br /> Adult-Sexual Contact/Penetration<br />CT10) Disorderly Conduct-Caregiver-Against Vulnerable Adult<br />CT11) Disorderly Conduct-Caregiver-Against Vulnerable Adult<br />CT12) Disorderly Conduct-Caregiver-Against Vulnerable Adult<br />CT13) Disorderly Conduct-Caregiver-Against Vulnerable Adult<br />CT14) Disorderly Conduct-Caregiver-Against Vulnerable Adult<br />CT15) Fail to Report-Maltreat-Vulnerable Adult-Intentional<br />STATEWIDE, MN<br />-------------<br />Search Type: Felony and Misdemeanor, Unlimited<br />Court Searched: Applicable Jurisdiction<br />No Records Found<br />What if you didn’t do a background check at all?<br />Would you hire a caregiver with these records?<br />
  27. 27. County Record Search<br />How do I know which counties to search?<br />Derived from applicant's admission of current and former employment and residence addresses within past seven to 10 years<br />Additional locations discovered through a Social Security Number/Address Trace<br />
  28. 28. Criminal Records<br />County Criminal Record Search<br />Statewide and National Database Records<br />National Sex Offender Database<br />Professional/Education Records<br />Education Verification<br />Professional License Verification<br />Employment Verification<br />Office of Inspector General Search <br />Social Security Number Verification & Address Trace<br />Credit History<br />Driving Records<br />What other information is Available?<br />
  29. 29. <ul><li>Choose a company you trust
  30. 30. Should be Licensed Private Investigation firm</li></ul>Sign Up<br />What is the process for ordering a background check?<br /><ul><li>Have applicants complete simple release forms
  31. 31. Email, fax or submit applicant info online to background screening company</li></ul>Send In<br /><ul><li>You should receive results in under two business days
  32. 32. Via email, fax, or online web-portal</li></ul>Receive <br />
  33. 33. No<br />Is this a background check?<br />No<br />No<br />
  34. 34. Social Media Warning!<br />Pre-screening candidates using social media is not recommended<br />Makes available information that if discovered by prospective employers prior to hire may infringe on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 <br />e.g. race, color, religion, sex, or national origin<br />8-things-employers-arent-allowed-to-ask visit: http://yhoo.it/9RX5Ex<br />
  35. 35. Supplemental Reading & Headlines<br />Limitations of MN BCA: Are You At Risk? <br />MHCA Executive Director Neil Johnson <br />Background Screening Frequently Asked Questions, Answered! <br />IN THE NEWS <br />Caregiver charged with stealing MS patient's jewelry, medication  <br />State accuses home health aide of stealing ATM cards and $5,300<br />6 aides abused multiple victims with dementia highlighted plight of vulnerable adults <br />School district fires janitor suspected of having child porn: District prepares for court battle <br />
  36. 36. Q&A<br />Don’t you just wish applicants came with name tags<br />like this one?<br />
  37. 37. John Schwietz<br />The McDowell Agency, Inc. <br />Background Screening & Investigations<br />651.644.3880<br />JMS@McDowellAgency.com <br />www.mcdowellagency.com <br />Membership Director: Saint Paul Jaycees <br /> Ambassador Committee: Midway Chamber of Commerce <br />Graduated: University of Saint Thomas<br />B.A. Business Law & Finance<br />Connect with John on LinkedIn<br />Follow The McDowell Agency, Inc. on Twitter<br />About your speaker<br />
  38. 38. Thank You Kindly<br />
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