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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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.

Surveillance

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

It is estimated that Workers' Comp fraud in Ohio costs employers an average of $84,000 per case. Depending upon the degree of the offense and the amount of money involved, Workers’ Compensation fraud charges are either misdemeanors or felonies.

Effective investigation and surveillance is the best way to combat Workers’ Comp fraud. Having an experienced investigator on your side in a Workers' Comp case is invaluable. CIC’s team of trained, licensed investigators use still photos, videos, and GPS monitoring to provide you with quality surveillance evidence sufficient to support claims of fraud.

The use and abuse of FMLA leave is another headache for employers, not to mention the record keeping involved in the program. It has been said that 10% of the U.S. workforce is taking advantage of this entitlement with an average leave time of 14 days. When this leave program is abused, it costs employers money, but there is another side to this that isn’t often mentioned – the FMLA interference lawsuits that are brought against employers.

Currently, we are waiting for the outcome of three lawsuits – all involving supervisors making personal, derisive comments to employees seeking FMLA leave. Comments like ...

“we pay your insurance, we expect you to be here”,
“we are short staffed and I think it is inconsiderate of you to take time off”
“I am mad about FMLA requests in general so I am going to make sure that I find a problem with that leave request.”

The claim of FMLA interference is being taken seriously by the courts, especially if it deems that an employee may have been coerced into not applying for their earned leave.

The moral of this story is to train your managers on how to manage your leaves of absence based on your company policy and the law — and to communicate effectively — avoiding personal comments that could jeopardize the whole company.

Carolyn Klemett is the coordinator of our Pre-employment Screening Services at Corporate Intelligence Consultants. For more information about this article, Surveillance, Fraud, or general Employment Screening Services, please contact Carolyn at 1.800.573.2201 / 419.874.2201.

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