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Marijuana Initiatives Do Not Require Changes to Drug Testing Policies

California and Massachusetts have approved referendums to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, while Florida and other states have passed or expanded medical marijuana laws. Regarding the new initiatives, it is important for employers to assess their current drug testing, possession and use policies. Employer’s rules may vary from state to state and could include […]


Older Women Leaving Prison ‘Less Likely to Return to Crime’

A study supported by the National Institute of Justice revealed that the older a woman is upon release from prison, the more likely she is to re-integrate into civilian society and avoid recidivism. After examining the cases of 218 women released from prison in the ’90s, those 46 or older were more likely to focus […]


Jury Awards War Hero Over 1 Million Dollars in Negligent Hiring Verdict

War hero Jacob Matthew Cadriel recently was awarded more than 1 million dollars after he was shot and killed by co-worker Steven Damien Young in 2015. The jury found Woven Metal Products, Inc. negligent in knowingly providing an unsafe workplace for its employees. The company’s failure to conduct a background and criminal records checks allowed […]


Broken Background Check in Ohio

An investigation recently revealed flaws in Ohio’s background check system that led to one woman’s nightmare. In 2010, she lost her husband when he was shot and killed by co-worker Nathaniel A. Brown. Brown, a janitor, also injured another man before killing himself at Ohio State University. The university’s background check failed to pick up […]


Backlog in Federal Background Checks Impeding Hiring at Shipbuilder

More than 165 people who have received conditional offers to work at Electric Boat have not been able to begin due to a backlog in federal background check investigations. According to the president of the Metal Trade Council, the wait is causing a holdup with EB’s increased workload as a result of being awarded big […]


Reference & Background Investigations

A bad hire costs you time and money and may put your organization at risk. From education and employment verifications to criminal investigations and in-depth reference interviews, MRA’s Reference and Background Investigations (RBI) help you obtain the information needed to prevent costly hiring mistakes. MRA blends technology with personal attention to provide you a prompt […]


Number of Employers Using Social Media to Screen Candidates Has Increased 500% over the Last Decade

According to CareerBuilder’s annual social media recruitment survey, 60% of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up significantly from 52% last year, 22% in 2008 and 11% in 2006, when the survey was first conducted. Additionally, 59% of hiring managers use search engines to research candidates – compared to 51% last year. […]


No Background Check on Ex-city Contractor Charged in $43,000 Theft

David Leonard had served two jail sentences before being hired as the city’s parks manager last year, but in accordance with its usual practice regarding the hiring of contractors, the city hadn’t checked his background. Leonard is now the subject of a police probe in which he is charged with stealing $43,000 from the city’s […]


New Facts About the Currency and Accuracy of Criminal Records at State Criminal Record Repositories

Employers and state occupation licensing boards often depend on states’ criminal record repositories as primary resources when performing a criminal record background check. However, these entities may not realize that a search of these record repositories may not be as accurate and complete as assumed, regardless if fingerprints are submitted. There are three key reasons […]


Adults Surveyed on Impact of Financial Background Checks in the Workplace

A survey of more than 1,000 workers conducted by the National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) found 5.2% of respondents reported they were turned down for jobs due to their financial background while 26.3% reported employers ran financial background checks on them. In the nationwide poll, the survey asked respondents to answer the following questions: “Have […]




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