Ban the BOx

Ban the Box, But Get the Data

Tasha Dyson, CFE Background Investigation

A person should not be prohibited from getting a job simply because they have a criminal conviction. However convictions for certain crimes might prevent a person from getting certain jobs. Let’s set some ground rules for our discussion. First we’re talking about convictions, not charges. To put it in simple terms, the judge said “guilty” and banged the gavel. Second, …

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What kind of background investigation do I need?

Tasha Dyson, CFE Background Investigation

  We conduct a wide variety of background investigations for a lot of different reasons. Sometimes we’re conducting due diligence on companies who want to do business together. Other times it’s a threat assessment as part of an employment termination. Sometimes we’re conducting a background investigation in support of a larger investigation, like fraud or employee misconduct. Our most common …

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Minor Traffic Offenses Will No Longer Be Reported

Tasha Dyson, CFE Background Investigation, News

At Protus3, we believe that employers should have as much relevant information as possible in order to make the best hiring decisions. We have always prided ourselves on the fact that we report everything we possibly can when conducting pre-employment background investigations. This included everything from felonies all the way down to minor traffic offenses. The FCRA allows us to …

Background investigations and COVID-19

Tasha Dyson, CFE Background Investigation, News

In a typical week, I spend a good part of my time conducting background investigations. So what’s different now that we’re all dealing with COVID-19? Honestly? Not much. Nearly every background investigation we conduct includes a criminal search. For locations where the process is automated (i.e. records are online), there is no change based on COVID-19. Records were readily available …

You’ve Conducted a Background Check… Now What?

Protus3 Background Investigation

Hiring new employees is a vital component of any successful business. Every company collects some type of background information. From the initial application to the final interview, employers seek to obtain information in order to assess several qualities about a potential hire. Are they competent? Do they have the right skills? Who is the best person for the position? Running …

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April Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

Protus3 Background Investigation, Computer Forensics, News, Training, Workplace Violence

Protus3 presented three training classes that have been approved for 6.00 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) by the North Carolina State Bar. Courses and their descriptions are listed below. Managing Aggressive Behavior and Workplace Violence for Law Offices presented by Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP This continuing legal education course provides format, structure, and information to students such that …

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Nationwide Criminal Search: A Persistent Myth

Tasha Dyson, CFE Background Investigation

Dragons. Mermaids. Fairies. The Loch Ness Monster. Bigfoot. Leprechauns. Nationwide criminal searches. All are mythical creatures. We’re asked all the time if we offer a “nationwide criminal search” or a “multi-state criminal search”. The answer is always “No.” Why not? Because it simply doesn’t exist. When you talk about a “nationwide criminal search” or a “multi-state criminal search”, what do …

HPG Employee Theft Article

From HPG – Guard against Losses from Employee Theft

Tasha Dyson, CFE Compliance, Embezzlement, Fraud, Security Program Development, Theft, Theft, Embezzlement, and Fraud

Employee theft costs companies billions of dollars a year. This poses a very serious threat to profitability if left unchecked. Therefore, every business needs to set up some internal controls to thwart this type of fraud. This article from Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP entitled “Guard against Losses from Employee Theft” looks at a few simple steps to take that …

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Why Do Background Investigations Take So Long?

Tasha Dyson, CFE Background Investigation

Time is the number one challenge for employers in the background investigations process. That was one finding in the study entitled “How Human Resource Professionals View the Use and Effectiveness of Background Screening Methods” published by NAPBS and HR.com in June 2018. You can read the entire report here. The report did not include the expectation about how long background …

PBS News Hour Article

Security Clearance Checks for Federal Government to be Handled by Federal Government

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Background Investigation, News, Security Clearance

At the moment, this only applies to background investigations involving military and civilian employees and contractors for Defense Department. These security clearance checks represent the largest portion of OPM’s current workload and backlog. As a security company that provides background screening services, we are watching this in the hopes that it will support better automation, accuracy, and resources for all …