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Team EBI Steps Out To Support the American Diabetes Association

 

EBI American Diabetes Association Step Out Team 2013On October 5, 2013 the staff at Employment Background Investigations (EBI) laced up their running shoes and headed to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to participate in the American Diabetes Association’s 2013 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes 5k (3 miles) walk.  Participation in this event has become an annual tradition at EBI.  One of 120 such walks held annually across the country, this event is more than good exercise; it’s a great way to raise awareness, promote healthy living, and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts and critical research that will ultimately stop diabetes once and for all.

This is the eighth year in a row EBI has participated in this event and, once again, has run laps around its previous year’s fundraising efforts. Nearly 40% of the staff participated to raise $5,859 -- a 30% increase from 2012! “We are very proud of our employees. It’s great to know we work with passionate, caring and giving people who are ready to get involved and help others however they can. We are especially impressed with the company-wide participation in this event. It wasn’t just one department coming together. Everyone from customer service reps to executive team members got involved and showed their support.”  

Team EBI’s outstanding efforts placed it in the top six of ALL Baltimore teams. Individual kudos go to our two team Captains, Joyce Good and Julie Mulhern. Joyce ranked in the top 11 of all individual Baltimore participants raising over $2,000 and Julie in the top 41 raising over $1,000. Both have been ADA Champions (meaning they’ve raised $1,000 or more) for 3 years in a row!

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is the signature fundraising walk of the American Diabetes Association. The event has been taking place for more than 20 years and has raised more than $175,000,000 to Stop Diabetes! Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association is the only non-profit organization supporting all 25.8 million Americans living with diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Their mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes

Participation in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is one of several ways that EBI focuses on giving back to the community.  Through EBI's Just One World philanthropic initiatives, we also raise money throughout the year for numerous other charitable causes that are close to our heart.  The American Diabetes Association is a client of EBI’s and through our Just One World initiative we are able to find ways to support causes important to our clients, employees, and business partners so we can give back to the community and the world.

EBI is ISO 27001:2005 Certified – the definitive standard for information security.  EBI is also accredited through the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program.  EBI is the only background screening firm in the world to hold both an ISO 27001:2005 Certification and to be accredited through NAPBS.

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EBI Again Recognized on Workforce Management Magazine’s ‘Hot List’

 

Workforce Management Hot List 2013EBI Recognized on Workforce Management Magazine’s ‘Hot List’ for the seventh consecutive year as a top provider of employment screening services.

EBI has recently been named by Workforce Management magazine as one of the top firms that provides employment screening services.  Each year, Workforce Management magazine publishes its “Hot List” ranking the top employee background screening firms in the industry.  This year marks the seventh consecutive year that EBI has achieved this elite status.

 “Appearing on the Hot List seven years in a row is not only a reflection of our team’s dedication, but a testament to the passion we have for delivering industry-leading products and services to our clients,” stated Richard Kurland, President and CEO of EBI.  “Every year, our team continues to raise the bar and exceeds industry standards when it comes to technology, security and service.”

As evidence of this dedication, Mr. Kurland points to EBI obtaining ISO 27001:2005 Certification for information security and web-based background screening technology, J-One.  The aptly named J-One provides EBI clients with ‘Just One’ portal for all their screening needs, including drug testing and electronic form i-9. EBI's global screening platform includes a suite of tools designed to optimize the background screening process such as; secure candidate portals, vendor modules, forms delivery and management, record storage, paperless processing, and mouse signature technology.

Employment Background Investigations is a technology-driven innovator and leader in providing domestic and global pre-employment background checks, drug testing, occupational healthcare, and I-9 compliance solutions for employers. Founded in 1994, EBI is one of the largest background-screening firms in the country. EBI specializes in the development, implementation and management of comprehensive and customized employment screening programs for over 5,000 clients in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. 

EBI is ISO 27001:2005 Certified – the definitive standard for information security.  EBI is also accredited through the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program.  EBI is the only background screening firm in the world to hold both an ISO 27001:2005 Certification and to be accredited through NAPBS.

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EBI Receives ISO27001 Certification for Information Security

 

EBI ISO27001 CertifiedEmployment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI), a global leader in employment background screening and drug testing, announces certification in accordance with the ISO27001:2005 Standard for information security.

EBI has established an information security policy which is designed to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of systems and information assets that contain EBI information by preventing and reducing the potential impact of security incidents.  EBI manages assets and the risks to those assets and maintains an Information Security Management System (ISMS) in accordance with the ISO27001:2005 Standard in both its Background Screening and Occupational Healthcare Divisions.

“Computer information systems, networks and the handling of personal identifiable information (PII) are an integral part of our business at EBI. Our ISO 27001 certification solidifies EBI’s commitment to information security and underscores EBI’s long-standing commitment to protect the confidential information our clients place in our care”, states EBI’s President and CEO Richard Kurland.

EBI is currently the only background screening firm globally to hold an ISO27001:2005 certification and to be accredited by the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) created by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).

Employment Background Investigations, Inc. EBI is a technology driven innovator and leader in providing domestic and global background employment screening, drug testing, and occupational healthcare and I-9 compliance solutions.  With emphasis on business process optimization, EBI services over 5,000 clients in over 200 countries and territories worldwide and specializes in the development, implementation and management of comprehensive and customized employment screening programs for large and multi-national clients. EBI is a founding member and an active participant within the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).


EBI Commits to Advancing Global Standards in International Background Screening for Expertise and Efficiencies

 

employment background screeningEmployment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI) announces its commitment to advance efforts for the expansion of standardized international background screening practices through its leadership on the NAPBS International Committee.

Robert Capwell, Chief Knowledge Officer of EBI, serves as Co-Chair of the NAPBS International Committee.  This committee was created to form a global alliance of professional background screening firms that focuses on professionalism, ethical behavior, operating within legal guidelines, and sharing a common set of values and goals.  Due to EBI’s commitment and Mr. Capwell’s leadership, along with others, NAPBS has established chapters and regional leadership throughout APAC, Canada, and Europe.  The NAPBS International Committee is also developing a questionnaire to assist HR professionals in assessing providers to perform international background checks.

International background screening brings forth a unique set of issues and challenges that are very different from standard practices in the United States. It is important that these differences are clearly understood before an international screening program is designed and implemented for companies screening outside of the US.  A recent article in HR Magazine published by The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) states that global screening requires more effort and more patience than domestic screening.

International screening is significantly more expensive and complex than U.S. background screening based on the following:

  • Intricacy involved with developing domain knowledge and the infrastructure required to deliver these services in over 200 countries and territories worldwide;

  • Necessity to have access to people with the ability to speak a wide variety of languages;

  • Necessity to operate around the clock to accommodate time differences;

  • Expertise required to provide the appropriate level of accuracy and quality while complying with the country-specific laws and restrictions;

  • Necessity to address multiple currency exchanges and legitimate fees associated with accessing public information abroad;

  • Significant difference in the amount of detailed, country-specific and product-specific information required from a prospective employee to complete the background check

EBI specializes in the development and implementation of international and global screening programs on behalf of its clients.  To ensure the highest quality screening information is provided across the globe, EBI has invested significant resources in establishing a network of knowledgeable international partners that are located in each country, and are well trained and competent in their investigative abilities.  EBI has established a data privacy policy which complies with the seven Safe Harbor principles administered by the United States Department of Commerce, in accordance with the European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection that went into effect in 1998. The Safe Harbor framework was created to bridge the different global geographical approaches to privacy and to ensure the uninterrupted and streamlined transfer of data between Europe and the United States. EBI strictly adheres to the standards established by the Safe Harbor policy and applies stringent privacy protocols through its networks enabling optimized global data security.

EBI's Just-One Global Screening Platform enables international due diligence with a full range of legally compliant services around the world including criminal record checks, employment and education verifications, motor vehicle records, credit history reports, ID verifications, and drug testing solutions. “International and global background screening is complex and process consuming.  EBI is forging ahead in incorporating the most current country specific screening protocols, data collection requirements, on-demand forms, document management, mouse signatures and paperless processing, for efficient and effective optimization of business processes.  We are committed to the standardization of industry requirements and implementation of global best practices across our platforms,” stated Richard Kurland, President and CEO of EBI.

About Employment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI):
EBI is a technology driven innovator and leader in providing domestic and global background employment screening, drug testing, and occupational healthcare and I-9 compliance solutions.  With emphasis on business process optimization, EBI services over 5,000 clients in over 200 countries and territories worldwide and specializes in the development, implementation and management of comprehensive and customized employment screening programs for large and multi-national clients.  EBI is among the two percent of background screening firms accredited by the NAPBS Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC).  EBI is also a founding member and an active participant within the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).

 

 

Legislative Alert - E-Verify and New Form I-9 Updates

 
EBI Legislative Alert

A notification from USCIS went out to subscribers yesterday, stating that in the USCIS’s initial release of the latest “E-Verify Connection”, March 2013 Issue XII, USCIS incorrectly stated the new Form I-9’s revision date and expiration date. Employers should note that the correct revision date for the new Form I-9, as issued by USCIS, is (03/08/2013 N) and the expiration date is 03/31/2016.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has also issued a new “Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing the Form I-9 (M-274)”. This reference manual now contains updated information to reflect the new Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/2013 N). The other modification is that the name of the handbook has changed slightly from “instructions” to “guidance”.

The deadline, as set forth by the USCIS, for use of the new Form I-9 by all employers, is May 07, 2013. The new Form I-9 contains a new format that is now two pages long, as well as additional fields in “Section 1” for an employee’s e-mail address and phone number. Employers have the ability to review and familiarize themselves with the new Form I-9 ahead of the May 07, 2013 deadline. After May 07, 2013, all employers must use the new Form I-9 or they risk potential fines and penalties from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Many accredited background screening companies offer electronic I-9 services that stay abreast of USCIS Form I-9 updates so that employers and Human Resources representatives don’t have to worry about updating paper documentation to distribute to new hires. Businesses that want to reduce paperwork and the costly labor expenses of keeping up-to-date with USCIS updates may want to consider inquiring about electronic I-9 services.

EBI is committed to providing employers with valuable education, news and resources around background screening, drug testing, occupational healthcare and employment eligibility. All content provided by EBI is published for the convenience of its readers and should never be deemed as legal guidance or advice. Always consult your legal counsel for specific advice on local laws and industry regulations.

EBI offers electronic Form I-9 and E-Verify solutions to employers. Start the I-9 process right with every new hire. EBI's Electronic Form I-9 Solution lets you complete, sign and store all the documents electronically, complete with error-checking and guidance. The system will also guide you through the requirements of collecting proper and compliant documentation to prove worker eligibility. Contact EBI to learn more about our employment eligibility solutions.

Background Screening May Help Prevent Workplace Violence

 

Background Screening CompaniesWorkplace homicides have increased by 50% in 2012, according to Dr. Larry Barton, Ph.D., an expert in threat management and a faculty member at the FBI Academy (Bailey, 2013). Barton calculates that on average, two people are murdered at work each workday in the United States (Bailey, 2013). According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report, current and former work associates accounted for 21% of workplace homicide offenders between 2005 and 2009 (Harrell, 2011). Between 2005 and 2009, individuals employed in sales and office jobs accounted for a staggering 33% of workplace homicides, ranking higher than law enforcement workplace homicides at 17% (Harrell, 2011).

Comprehensive Background Checks on prospective employees may present employers with a chance to prevent individuals who have a propensity toward violence from endangering businesses’ employees, brand reputation, and clients.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in a recent Law Enforcement Bulletin, wrote:

  • Prospective employers, when assessing a job applicant, need to consider that a comprehensive background check can be crucial in identifying past “behaviors of concern” and/or a pattern of criminal activity.
  • “…it is critical to understand that workplace violence does not happen at random or ‘out of the blue’. Rather, perpetrators usually display some behaviors of concern.” (Romano, Levi-Minzi, Rugala, and Van Hasselt, 2011)

Professional references are just one critical tool for providing employers with insight into an applicant’s character and professional behavior.

The aforementioned FBI Bulletin cites that tardiness, absenteeism, decreased productivity, struggling co-worker relationships, and decreased work performance, can all be indicators of increased workplace violence potential (Romano, Levi-Minzi, Rugala, and Van Hasselt, 2011). Workplace violence extends beyond physical assaults and homicide – it also includes, but isn’t limited to, threatening behavior, intimidation, and bullying. The only information an employer obtains from a job applicant on a resume and job application is information the applicant is providing, and is therefore highly subjective.

Professional References are necessary to find out if a prospective employee has displayed concerning behaviors of tardiness, absences, bullying, and/or poor workplace relationships during previous periods of employment. Employers may want to obtain at least three professional references, in order to help provide more objective and accurate information, as well as to prevent scenarios in which a prospective employee may provide a fraudulent reference contact.

Extended Employment Verifications are also a vital tool employers can utilize in their background screening policy to make informed hiring decisions – decisions that could prevent a potential workplace violence offender from getting hired. Extended employment verifications involve obtaining questions specific to work performance and character from an applicant’s previous supervisor(s). Accredited background screening companies usually can accommodate a business’s request for business-specific and/or customized extended questions, and can likewise also usually provide a standardized set of extended questions as a suggestion to employers. Professional background screening companies can also consult with businesses to accommodate employers regarding the length of employment history they want checked on prospective applicants, the number of previous jobs they want verified, and/or the set points of contact to whom employers want the questions asked (for example, only applicants’ supervisors).

Naturally, a background screening program that contains professional references and extended employment verifications, as well as a thorough Criminal History Check, is a suggested best practice for employers to get the most insight into a prospective employee, as well as vital insight into what the FBI has termed “behaviors of concern”.  These searches should be used to supplement a comprehensive criminal background history check, as well as other business-pertinent verifications.

Employers may want to assess if their current background screening programs are being used to their maximum capacity to assist employers in preventing applicants who present workplace violence risk from entering the employer’s workplace.

As the statistics show, even professions that are misguidedly considered safe (ex. an office occupation) are not immune from workplace violence. Employers may wish to consult with their background screening firms about which additional tools, including but not limited to extended employment verifications and professional references, are available to further reduce the risk of violence in the workplace.

In 2011, The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and ASIS International published the "Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention Standard" in collaboration with the American National Standards Institute, Inc. This Standard provides an overview of protocols, procedures and policies that any organization can adopt to help identify and prevent threatening behavior and violence affecting the workplace; and outlines how to better address and resolve threats and violence that have already occurred. EBI’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Robert Capwell, was one of the contributing authors of this Standard. 

Employment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI) is a single-source, premier provider of background screening, drug testing and occupational healthcare solutions. EBI specializes in the development and implementation of employment, contractor and volunteer screening programs. EBI offers a wide array of global and domestic screening initiatives that can be specifically tailored to securely meet each client’s screening objectives.  Through our investigative solutions, we provide due diligence and risk mitigation tools to help minimize negligent hiring, workplace violence and other risk factors associated with the hiring process.  Thousands of companies with national and international presence, including many Fortune recognized companies, trust EBI’s services to make better, safer and more cost-effective hiring decisions. 

EBI is committed to providing employers with valuable education and resources on changing legislation and cutting-edge and compliant solutions to meet federal, state, local and international legal requirements.  All content provided by EBI is published for the convenience of its readers and should never be deemed as legal guidance or advice.  Always consult your legal counsel for specific advice on local laws and industry regulations. 

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Legislative Alert - USCIS Issues New Form I-9

 
Legislative Alerts

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services released a new Form I-9 on March 08, 2013. Employers who require additional implementation time for use of the new Form I-9 may use the old Form I-9 until May 07, 2013. However, after May 07, 2013, all employers must use the new Form I-9, which is marked with the revision date of (Rev. 03/08/13)N in the lower right-hand portion of the form. 

The Federal Register (Vol. 78, No. 46 specifically acknowledged that electronic I-9 providers may require additional time to implement the new Form I-9 revisions, and so the 60 day grace period until May 07, 2013, applies to both employers and electronic I-9 providers. After May 07, 2013, electronic I-9 providers, along with all employers, must use the new Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/2013)N to remain compliant with federal law.

Employers should note that it is not required for employees who already have a current, valid Form I-9 on file to complete a new Form I-9 using the revised form. However, if re-verification of a current employee’s I-9 information is required, then employers should use the new, revised Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/2013)N.

The new Form I-9 consists of two pages (not including the instructions and list of Acceptable Documents), as well as a more-detailed set of instructions. The new form also contains field for a passport, e-mail address, and phone number in Section 1. Employers can obtain the new Form I-9 by visiting the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov.

Employers using EBI’s electronic Form I-9 platform should be aware that EBI’s system is currently being updated to reflect the new revisions issued by USCIS, and that all updates will be completed by the May 07, 2013 compliance deadline.

Link to the Federal Register Notice.

EBI is committed to providing employers with valuable education, news and resources around background screening, drug testing, occupational healthcare and employment eligibility. All content provided by EBI is published for the convenience of its readers and should never be deemed as legal guidance or advice. Always consult your legal counsel for specific advice on local laws and industry regulations.

Contact EBI to learn more about our employment eligibility solutions. EBI offers electronic Form I-9 and E-Verify solutions to employers. EBI is a proud supporter and an approved designated Employer Agent through the Department of Homeland Security.

EBI to Present at 28th Annual Kentucky SHRM Conference

 

Robert Capwell - CKOEmployment Background Investigations, Inc (EBI) Chief Knowledge Officer, Robert Capwell, will present an education session at the 2012 Kentucky SHRM Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday, September 27th titled - How To Develop and Administer a Company-wide Background Screening Program.

Mr. Capwell’s presentation will provide a roadmap for HR professionals to develop a successful background screening program and highlight the tools needed to thoroughly assess a candidate.  This session will guide attendees on how to evaluate company needs, draft policies, and develop programs for a corporate-wide employment screening program that is cost-effective and secure.  This session will review the risks and liabilities of how negligent hiring impacts companies and will also discuss best practices for employment screening. 

Richard Kurland, President and CEO, stated that, “Speaking at this conference upholds EBI’s commitment in providing educational sessions to share our expertise in the development and implementation of an effective background screening program.  An effective screening program not only supports the objectives of the organization but also is one that is compliant with federal, state and EEOC guidelines and regulations.”  The Annual Kentucky SHRM Conference will be held September 26th -28th at the Kentucky International Conference Center.

By incorporating a comprehensive and compliant background screening program you can properly assess, screen and credential your future employees and alleviate the overwhelming challenges, risks and liabilities of making a bad hiring decision.  It is important that all employers work with their legal counsel to develop a policy that is legally compliant and within EEOC guidelines.  Proper assessment, credentialing and validation of a candidate’s attributes and skills will help to ensure you find the right candidate for the right job and ultimately add to the future success of your company.

Employment Background Investigations works with employers across the nation and around the world to provide a full range of comprehensive and legally compliant background check solutions to help reduce the risks and liability of a bad hire.  EBI can help design a program that is comprehensive, compliant, and timely by using a combination of county, state, federal and national electronic database resources for a complete criminal background check solution.

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EBI's Richard Kurland Selected by SmartCEO Magazine as a Smart100 CEO

 

Richard Kurland - President and CEO of EBIEmployment Background Investigations, Inc (EBI) President and CEO Richard (Rick) Kurland has been recognized by Baltimore’s SmartCEO Magazine as a Smart100 CEO

Employment Background Investigations, Inc (EBI), an industry innovator and leader in global background screening, drug testing and occupational healthcare solutions, recently announced that President and CEO Richard (Rick) Kurland has been named a 2011 “Smart100 CEO” by Baltimore SmartCEO magazine.  In the Baltimore SmartCEO Smart100 list that was published earlier this year, Mr. Kurland joins an elite group of only 99 other local leaders.  This highly competitive Smart100 Program recognizes companies and their CEOs who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, strategic vision, and character, providing them with the opportunity to help educate, motivate and inspire other decision-makers through their involvement with the program and magazine. 

Mr. Kurland was truly honored to be among such an exclusive list of local leaders and recognized within the Smart CEO program.  Mr. Kurland added, “It gives me great pleasure to share both my challenges and leadership success experiences with other local business leaders.  I’m inspired and driven by the entire staff at EBI as they embrace my vision, passion and leadership style.  This cohesiveness is what continues to propel our firm as a global industry leader.”

The Smart100 book is a timeless resource for business leaders seeking inspiration from local successful CEOs.  SmartCEO is the only company producing a publication of this magnitude that features such a high-caliber and charismatic group of CEOs.  The 2011 Smart100 showcases the best of the best: 100 CEO’s with incredible business minds who have grown their companies to unrivaled levels of success in Greater Baltimore, according to Craig Burris, President of SmartCEO.

Happy Holidays From Employment Background Investigations

 
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At EBI, we believe the magic of the season lies in giving. Through our
JUST ONE WORLD philanthropic initiative, we are having a magical holiday season giving to charities close to our hearts. This year EBI exceeded all previous years for fund-raising and participation in our charitable efforts.

During this time of holiday festivities with family and friends, please take a moment to GIVE to those less fortunate. We thank everyone who has generously supported our charitable efforts. Please visit
JUST ONE WORLD
to learn more about our giving throughout the years.

Happy Holidays
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The entire staff of EBI wishes you, your families and friends the most
magical holiday season. May the coming year bring us all health,
happiness and prosperity.

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