Carnival workers not covered under Pennsylvania criminal background checks

7/6/2015 » Articles, Background Checks, Employee Fraud, Hiring, Safety

Summertime and carnivals go together like cotton candy and kids. Almost every week, a church, community organization or fire department is sponsoring a festival promoted as old-fashioned family fun. Parents pull out their credit cards and watch as their teens gather and their younger kids run from rides to game booths to food concession stands — many of which are manned by workers hired by the carnival operator. Yet, Pennsylvania’s tougher state law mandating criminal background checks for employees and many volunteers working with children doesn’t include traveling carnival and concession operators and their employees. While a growing number of carnival operators and sponsors of local events across the nation are requiring employee background checks on their own due to public safety concerns,… [read more »]

Know It All Finds Applicants Are Stretching The Truth

9/14/2009 » Articles, Hiring

But the slowdown never arrived for the tiny Bensalem firm, which is instead amid a growth spurt fueled by employers doing more employee background checks. Business has climbed by 20 percent just since January, with a dozen clients added in the past month alone, company Vice President Marc Bourne said. “I think the [human resource] departments are seeing people are getting desperate out there,” Bourne said. “They want a job, they need a job, and they are saying and doing anything to get a job.” Employers have cause to be concerned, Bourne said. Last year, Know It All was only finding discrepancies in about 10 percent of background checks, while this year discrepancies have climbed to 19.8 percent. Among the… [read more »]