March 25, 2020

UPDATED: Court Closures

Download a list of court closures related to the COVID-19 response. (Last updated March 25, 2020)

March 23, 2020

ALERT: Business Continuity

In light of the “Stay at Home” order announced Sunday March 22, 2020 by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, CIC would like you to understand our approach to business continuity and on-going customer services.

Beginning, Tuesday March 24, 2020, CIC staff will be working remotely. Our office location will be closed, however we will maintain business continuity and on-going customer services during normal business hours. Our convenient, fully-automated background screening system is available around the clock, and every order you place is monitored by our team of professional screening specialists for quality control, to ensure you get the most accurate information as quickly as possible.

Note: there will be delays in getting criminal records searches completed because of court closures (see below.) Education and Employment Verifications are similarly affected. If you have questions or concerns, please call 419.874.2201.

March 17, 2020

ALERT: COVID-19 Impact and Response

Corporate Intelligence Consultants is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and helping our customers to do the same. As such, we are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak according to the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). We want to share with you the actions we are taking to help protect our employees and customers.

We advised our employees to follow the public health authorities' guidance regarding hygiene and personal travel, and we reinforced employees who exhibit flu-like symptoms to stay home and consult with a medical professional. We limited business travel and encouraged employees to leverage technology to maintain business duties as we can.

We have measures in place so that we can complete business needs and will keep you updated on our Action Plan. If needed, we will have staff working from home to maintain our level of service.

We have been seeing some closures in various court systems which affect our ability to research criminal records. In addition, with schools closings in certain areas, we are seeing delays in education verifications. This is a fluid situation and we will continue to monitor these areas and update you as information becomes available.

We appreciate the trust that you place in Corporate Intelligence Consultants. We are prepared to take actions necessary to help keep our employees and customers safe while providing the products and services you need to run your business. For further information please contact our office. 419.874.2201

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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.

Active Shooter: 8 Points of Concern Your Company Must Address

"I'm working in my second floor cubicle when I hear screams from down the stairwell. Then glass breaking and gunshots. The shots sound like *pop* sounds, not like in the movies. I stand up and look over the other cubicles to see co-worker's looking back at me in terror. No one knows what to do, or where to go ..."

"More shots and more screaming; I think of my family at home–Is help on the way?! I can hear no sirens because the loud noises around me take control of the air. My heart is pounding like it will jump out of my chest. I am getting frantic now. More shots; more screaming. I have to get out of here!

Just then, I see our two wheelchair bound employees–How will we all get out? How can we all take the stairs together? Do we run as a group or are we each on our own? The shots are getting a lot louder and screams on my floor are pushing me at great speed to make my decisions. It's all coming at me too fast.

I hear heavy footsteps on the stairs. They are getting louder now. We're trapped on our floor! All of us trapped with nothing to do but wait until those footsteps reach us?

And then we see him: the plant troublemaker. He was fired 4 weeks ago but here he is again with a pistol in each hand ..."

The media is consistently showing us the final disastrous results of an active shooter in our communities and our businesses. Have you and your employees been trained in how to effectively respond to emergencies like these?

Here are some important areas of concern that you must address:

  1. Who are we dealing with in these situations? Statistics show us that a shooter could be a co-worker, salesperson, client, family member, former co-worker, patient, or someone off the street. 500 to 1,000 lives are lost each year to shooters in the workplace. Years of events like these show us that the death count will likely rise with time.
  2. How do you deal with employee's angry outbursts or threats? Confrontation, or responding in an equally angry way could escalate the situation. But don't take these outbursts lightly. These can be very serious indicators for all of you.
  3. If shooting starts, what do you do? Where do you go? You have to have a plan and everyone has to know and follow that plan. The plan must be site specific as well. Are all of your employees capable of escaping or hiding?
  4. If you run, where will you go? How do you run? If you hide, how do you effectively do that? Will my plan place me in danger when the police arrive? Too many innocent people are killed when they are caught in the crossfire between the criminal and the police.
  5. Locked doors are not truly secure if the criminal has a firearm. Is your only option to be trapped?
  6. Do you know the difference between "Cover" and "Concealment?" and how best to use them?
  7. Do you know what words to use or what body language to exhibit if you are confronted by an armed criminal?
  8. Do your usual procedures make it easy for people to enter your business?

Let CIC help you and your workforce with a site specific plan of action to increase your odds of survival. Our professionals know what to do and will be happy to share their expertise and experiences with you and your staff. We want to see your company thrive safely. Let's work together to have a safer workplace.

For more information about Workplace Violence, or general Security Management Services, please contact CIC at 1.800.573.2201 / 419.874.2201.

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Do you have an urgent issue to discuss with an Investigator? Please contact us by phone at 1.800.573.2201.