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Summer Hiring Heats up for Seasonal Staffing and Volunteers

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Apr 24, 2017  |  Share       

Spring temperatures mean summer is coming quickly. Summer camps, retail, hospitality, sports leagues and other seasonal hiring and/or volunteering is underway or at least front of mind. While it may seem that background screening is too much of an investment for temporary work or service, there are many valid reasons for including it in the hiring process.

While summer jobs and volunteer opportunities provide valuable experience for the job seeker, employers must still protect themselves with background checks.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, volunteer background checks, Seasonal hiring

How important are Volunteer Background Checks?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Aug 08, 2016  |  Share       

Volunteering is considered a selfless gift and many big-hearted individuals share their time and energy without pay. Much volunteer work caters to a vulnerable population and the volunteers pour considerable effort into serving others. Consider this - another type of work that could be considered “volunteer” is unpaid internships. Interns volunteer their time to organizations in order to gain valuable experience. Interns are typically screened as regular employees whereas volunteers may not be.

Are nonprofits and other organizations putting people at risk? How important are volunteer background checks?

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Topics: volunteer background checks

PA Act 153: New Pennsylvania Background Check Requirements

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 29, 2015  |  Share       

In October of 2014, the state of Pennsylvania passed Act 153 requiring that all persons (14 and older) with direct contact with children must have state and/or federal clearances every 36 months.

**This post has been updated. See the update at the bottom of the post.**

This new law will impact churches, child care facilities, nonprofits, schools, youth sports or any state operated organizations with a responsibility for children. While this could be an overwhelming initiative for some, any regulations or laws pertaining to background checks can be broken down into laymen's language.

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Topics: Job Related Background Screening, volunteer background checks

Cost Effective Volunteer Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 15, 2015  |  Share       

In the news, we're seeing more articles about background checks for youth sports coaches, Sunday school nursery teachers and more. Volunteers can be used in many industries from healthcare and education to childcare and charity work. While we applaud anyone who steps into a volunteer role, we also understand the need to put the safety of children, the elderly and others first. How can you screen volunteers without paying what a corporate client would pay? Keep reading. 

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Topics: volunteer background checks

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