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.

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.

The “Ban the Box” movement was started at the grass roots level and has morphed into a movement at the state and local levels. It is designed to protect prospective employees convicted of a crime from disqualification based on a check box on an application. Employers are encourage to make individualized assessments based primarily on the EEOC guidance, namely “the nature and gravity of the offense or conduct, the time that has passed since the offense or conduct and/or completion of the sentence and the nature of the job held or sought.”

So far, 35 states and the District of Columbia have adopted ban-the-box laws. In addition, over 150 cities and counties have passed legislation or ordinances supporting the movement. Most laws and ordinances have been drafted to apply to public employers. In some instances, public employers employing private employers have required that those employers comply with the local ban-the-box laws. Ohio weighed in fairly early. HB-56 was signed into law in December of 2015 and prohibits all public employers from including any question about criminal records on job applications. Lucas county pre-empted the state law when it voted, without dissent, to remove the criminal question from employment applications of any department under their authority.

It is vital that employers be aware of the status of their state and local ban-the-box laws and ordinances. The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has been keeping track of all of the state and local legislation/ordinances and is an excellent source of information on “Ban the Box.”

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

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