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The Conviction of Dr. Benjamin T. Toh: A Deep Dive into the $9.5 Million Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

In a significant development that underscores the ongoing battle against health care fraud in the United States, a federal jury in Nashville, Tennessee, has delivered a guilty verdict against Dr. Benjamin T. Toh, a 68-year-old physician from Chicago, Illinois. This conviction is a critical milestone in a case that has revealed a complex scheme defrauding the health care system of …

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Companies Cutting Back on Background Screening: Embracing Online Signals

In today’s ever-evolving job market, companies are constantly seeking innovative ways to streamline their hiring processes and identify the most qualified candidates. One noticeable trend in recent years has been the reduction of traditional background screening methods in favor of relying more heavily on online signals from potential employees. This shift in approach is not without controversy, but it reflects …

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Why California employers should not ask about marijuana use

Marijuana use is legal in California for adults over the age of 21. On January 1, 2024, Assembly Bill 2188 (AB 2188) will go into effect, prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their prior marijuana use. The law also prohibits employers from discriminating against employees for using marijuana off the job and away from the workplace. There are a …

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MORE Act Reaches Congress: A Leap Towards Federal Marijuana Legalization

The MORE Act’s Journey to Congress In a nation where the wave of cannabis legalization has swept across numerous states, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act stands as a beacon of hope for federal legalization advocates. The MORE Act, once again, made its way to Congress in 2023, igniting discussions and debates on the federal status of marijuana. …

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The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Criminals Can Get Guns Without Background Checks

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether criminals can get guns without background checks. The case, VanDerStok v. United States, involves a man who was convicted of possessing a “ghost gun,” which is a firearm that is assembled from parts and does not have a serial number. Ghost guns are often difficult to trace, which makes them attractive to criminals. …

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Cost of Hiring the Wrong Person: Small Business Owner Edition

When you’re a small business owner resources are sometimes limited and you forgo certain things that larger companies can afford, but doing background check shouldn’t be one of them. Building background checks into your budget is essential and can save you a lot of trouble and money in the end. According to The Small Business Association replacing an employee who …

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Background Checks are now on repeat mode

Rescreening ensures that changes in employee circumstances were being accounted for as they moved through their career According to a report from, repeat background checks, or “re-screenings,” are slowly becoming a normal part of business. Some countries—India, in particular—are early adopters of re-screening, and employers in other parts of the world are expected to follow in their footsteps. In …

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UW System to consider tightening hiring policies to weed out sexual harassers

At the request of Gov. Scott Walker, the University of Wisconsin System next week will consider tightening its hiring processes and reference checks to keep potential employees with a history of sexual harassment from slipping through the cracks. A proposed policy change would require all UW campuses to share personnel files of current or former employees with other UW campuses or state agencies as part of a …

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How Often Should We Run a Criminal Background Check On Volunteers?

Every volunteer should go through a thorough background screening as part of their volunteer application process and rechecked every couple of years. Gone are the days when background checks were only done on people who work with children.  It is important to know the criminal background of every volunteer in your church.  We know that people can, and do, turn …

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