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Reasons to Conduct a Background Check

A pre-employment background check can not only save you money in the long run, it can also protect your business. How? If your employees come into direct contact with your customers (for example, in a care capacity) and cause harm to a customer, your business can be liable if that employee has a criminal record. A background check can also provide insight into an individual’s behavior, character, and integrity.

Pending Federal Legislation

  • H.R. 18 – Medicare Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Act. Will require the Secretary to conduct background checks on individuals that apply to the Secretary for a Medicare provider number.
  • H.R. 208 – Senior Safety Protection Act. Will require long-term care providers to conduct background checks on applicants and prohibit the hiring of individuals who have been convicted of a relevant crime or registered for patient or resident abuse.
  • H.R. 364 – Social Security Act amendment that will require criminal background checks on drivers providing Medicaid medical assistance transportation services. Individuals convicted of violent felonies or any felony relating to the use of, distribution, or manu
  • H.R. 439 – Domestic Consumer Safety Act. Will require businesses in commerce to perform background checks on employees who enter people’s homes.
  • S. 157 – Chemical Security Act. Will require the chemical industry to conduct background checks.
  • S. 350 – Dirty Bomb Prevention Act. Will require background checks on individuals with access to sensitive radioactive material.

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