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.

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.

The federal government's Form I-9, used by HR departments across the country to verify workers' employment eligibility, is expiring at the end of the month.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to extend the current version of the form (marked 8/31/2019) without changes, although minor clarifications will be made to the form's instructions.

Here are three of the proposed revisions:

Employers may designate anyone to be an authorized representative to complete Section 2 of the form. The employer is still liable for any violations committed by the designated person. John Fay, president of the LawLogix division of Hyland Software, a company that specializes in cloud-based I-9, E-Verity and immigration compliance services (https://www.lawlogix.com/), explained that employers face difficulties in completing I-9s for remotely hired workers and need more-specific instructions to clarify who may serve as an authorized representative to complete the form.

Writing "N/A," or not applicable, in the identity-document columns is no longer necessary. When entering document information in the List A column (or, alternatively, in the List B and List C columns), you will not need to enter "N/A" in the columns that are not used, "The requirement to enter 'N/A in certain portions of the form could be burdensome and unclear," Fay said, "Now, for example, if you have an employee present a U.S. passport, which is recorded in the List A column, you do not need to write "N/A in all of the fields in the List B and List C columns."

The form's List C documents that establish employment authorization do not include a worker's Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The List C documents include a Social Security card and birth certificate, while the EAD (Form 1-766) providing temporary employment authorization to work in the United States is a List A document.

While it is still unclear whether DHS will provide a new expiration date for the form this month, past practice indicates that employers may continue to use the current Form I-9, even after the expiration date of the current form, until a revised version is available.

A completed I-9 form is required for all employees, so why not use an electronic I-9 system that will guide you through the process making sure that you supply the correct information and complete your I-9 forms within the requisite 3-days? CIC's screening system will create a compliant PDF I-9 form that you can store electronically or print and file.

Carolyn Klemett is the coordinator of our Pre-employment Screening Services at Corporate Intelligence Consultants. For more information about this article, I-9, E-Verify, or general Employment Screening Services, please contact Carolyn at 1.800.573.2201 / 419.874.2201.

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