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Blog & News

CIC offers news and updates to employers about the latest laws, trends and risks related to hiring, fraud, and drugs or violence in the workplace.

Social Media Screening

CIC’s Social Media Screening provides employers with an insight into a candidate’s online behavior and appropriateness as a fit for a company’s basic code of conduct, values, and social media policy ...

Protected Class Safety

Employers may wonder; why can't we conduct our own social media screening in-house? This is incredibly risky! Understanding Protected Class Safety ...

Social Media Screening

We understand that employers may have some reservations about social media background screening. Is this an invasion of privacy? Does it involve hacking into accounts?

Social Media Screening

How often do you see a news report regarding an employee being fired over a social media post? Recent data shows companies save an average of $12,000 per hire by avoiding toxic hires.

I-9 or E-Verify?

Don’t be confused; all employers must complete the Form I-9 for all new hires. E-Verify is an add-on used by employers to confirm the eligibility of an employee to work in the United States. It is not a substitute for the Form I-9 ...

Background Screening Solutions

CIC has been busy working on a new webinar series to highlight some new innovations and exciting additions to our background screening software that we hope to roll out in the first half of 2021. We are always looking for new and helpful ways to make your job easier and keep you informed about changes in the screening industry ...

HR Tech Solutions

Let’s face it, we live in a tech-orientated world and nothing has made us more aware of that than the adjustments we have all had to make to our home lives and our work lives in the wake of the coronavirus. Our children are going to school virtually, our meetings are held virtually, we visit with friends and family virtually and we will probably be sharing our holidays virtually. If we haven’t embraced technology, yet, we had better get serious about it or we’ll miss out on a lot ...

Electronic Form I-9

Corporate Intelligence Consultants offers an electronic version of Form I-9 that is virtually error proof and saves you time as well as money ...

Employees returning with stress

Are you prepared for the influx of laid off and furloughed employees returning to the workforce? Although it may not seem like it now, eventually things will get back to some semblance of normalcy. It is what we all hope for and what we all must prepare for ...

Drug Testing in a COVID-19 World

As stress levels increase, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a corresponding increase in drug and alcohol use / abuse. In light of this, Employment related Drug Testing is always a good policy. The benefits of a solid drug testing program have been well researched and documented ...

Get the Most out of Your Screening Portal

Did you know that there is an easy way to access instructions, documents and forms on the Screening Portal? CIC strives to include pertinent new forms and maintain an updated list of essential documents related to Tenant and Pre-employment screening. They can be found by choosing the Docs & Forms option on the header of the home page. Here are some examples of documents and forms that are available to you via the screening portal ...

Corporate Investigation for 43 Years

We are all adjusting to the changing times and working hard to keep our businesses moving forward. CIC is uniquely positioned to be able to help with any questions you might have or situations that you may need help managing.

Key Access Control

In today’s world, with a higher rate of workplace violence and an ever increasing number of drug dependent individuals whose need for a “fix” makes them desperate and dangerous, the threats to your business from outside are greater than ever. Every business should take time to assess their buildings, review their key control policies and take the necessary steps to improve their access control. We would recommend the following 3 steps as a good starting point.

Ban the Box

There is a lot going on out there that directly affects Employers.

Adverse Action Process

Adverse Action continues to present problems for employers.

Ban the Box

The “Ban the Box” movement continues to make headway in states & municipalities across the nation. The term refers to the “box” on employment applications asking candidates if they have ever been convicted of a crime.

Form I-9 Expiring

Form I-9 is expiring on August 31, 2019 and there are some important clarifications regarding the process that we advise everyone to note. Roy Maurer, at shrm.org, posted the following alert regarding the imminent expiration of Form I-9.

Integrated I-9 and E-Verify

Built In and 100% Automated

It is estimated that 20-40% of all I-9s have one or more errors a costly mistake for employers if audited. Our background screening system has fully-integrated support for I-9 management and E-Verify.

Drug Abuse Surveillance

Workforce drug positivity rates, influenced by illicit drug use, are the highest in 12 years. Barry Sample, PHD, Quest’s Senior Director of Science and Technology, states, “this year’s (2017) findings are remarkable because they show increased rates of drug positivity for the most common illicit drugs across virtually all drug test specimen types and in all testing populations.”

Case Study: Embezzlement

The following is a true story; the vagueness of the story is done to protect the identity of our client and the people involved in the situation.

We received a call from our client about a potential problem in their company. I met with the President of the company to discuss what he perceived the symptoms of the problem to be.


Stop the bleeding, now! Investigate, document and combat fraud. We’re talking about Workers' Compensation Fraud and FMLA abuse.

Drug Abuse Surveillance

Smoke breaks, drug deals, and alcohol “pick-me- ups” could put your company in danger in so many ways. Over the years, our experienced investigators have helped many of our clients with these issues.

Screening Report Turnaround Time

Today’s employers are faced with more challenges than ever before. Applications and resumes need to be carefully reviewed for false information from misleading statements to downright lies. Workplace violence and active shooter situations are on the rise. Changing marijuana laws are having an impact on the workplace; more than 75% of substance abusers are employed resulting in more absences and increased medical and worker’s comp claims. Employee theft is the fastest growing crime in America, according to the FBI. Employers should meet these challenges with a strong criminal background check on all new hires. What is a strong criminal background check? It is not what many think of as the “Gold Standard” – the FBI/BCI check.

Screening Report Turnaround Time

Are you frustrated by delays in the return of background check results? Well, your frustrations are our frustrations and we are working on ways to cut some of the delays. The first thing we need to work on is our expectations – what you expect from us and what we expect from you.

pre-employment screening fcra adverse action process

When using a consumer reporting agency to do your background checks, Federal law comes into play when you deny employment based “in whole or in part” on information reported in the background check. Much to their chagrin, many employers have found out the hard way just what non-compliance with the Adverse Action process costs. Law suits in this area are on the increase and so are the costs to employers who fail to follow a few simple steps ...

Workplace Safety

Everybody knows (but seldom says), how important their receptionist is to the overall well being and safety of their company. The role of the receptionist is not an easy one to define, can differ from company to company, and often changes from day to day. Most receptionists are expected to answer phones, greet customers/clients, give directions, answer questions (from visitors, clients, and co-workers), know policy, know who is who, who is where, how long they have been in the building, why they are there, and even what to do in the event of an emergency. They are essentially the gatekeeper of your company and they are vital to the safe and smooth operation of your company each day.

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