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The statistics are staggering.The US Surgeon General and the National Safety Council reports: nearly 21 million Americans are living with substance addiction, with 75% of those individuals being employed. “One in 13 working adults in the US have an alcohol use disorder” with an estimated $74 billion lost annually from reduced productivity.

CSS’s service offerings, advanced knowledge base, and customer service excellence directly contributed to being rated as one of the best providers in the industry. November 20, 2018 – Gibbsboro, NJ – For the third consecutive year, CSS Inc. has been recognized as the industry’s elite in employee screening by HRO Today Magazine. Listed on the […]

“Having a solid understanding of compliance and legal standards related to hiring procedures adds a level of protection to employers from wrongful hiring practice lawsuits, and also protects candidates as they pursue new employment opportunities,” says Mike Chalenski, CSS President and CEO

As more New Jerseyans fall victim to the opioid epidemic, participate in the state’s medical marijuana program and look to tap into the legalization of recreational marijuana in the near future, workplace legal issues are bound to complicate things, experts say. National employment attorneys, state drug experts and representatives of local prevention organizations said Wednesday […]

Study after study confirms that an alarming number of applicants are blatantly lying on their resumes, and a new study reveals many of these folks are likely to get away with it.  That’s because 48% of HR professionals admit to not always checking an employee’s qualifications, according to a recent study by Adzuna, a job […]

ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is enforcing the law regarding legal hiring practices and urges employers to proactively address immigration compliance in their workforce. A recent blog from Seyfarth Shaw LLP explains, “Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if […]

New laws will take effect Monday that could have a big impact on how parents, ex-offenders and job seekers navigate California workplaces. Starting Jan. 1, employers in the state will be banned from asking job applicants about their criminal history before making a conditional offer of employment or from inquiring about applicants’ salary history. California […]

It started before the first leaf fell. First, Target – 105,000. Then, UPS – 95,000. Next, Amazon – 120,000. Even earlier than last year, the biggest names in retail, logistics, and e-commerce announced the number of temporary employees that will swell their ranks this holiday season. In fact, the number of job openings for retail […]

On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 168, prohibiting California employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories. This new law thrusts California yet again into the forefront of jurisdictions tackling pay equity through local legislation. Although the new law does not specifically reference pay equity, the law’s authors justified the change […]

Today, competition is cut-throat and people are turning out to be the core competitive advantage especially in a knowledge and services economy. Organizations are constantly striving to do more with less, and the same applies to employees. To ensure employees are productive it is important to know where they stand currently in terms of performance […]

While summer is approaching rapidly, the summer job season has already taken off. Job-hunting website Indeed on Thursday released findings from its Hiring Lab on summer-job postings, revealing which industries are hiring the most this summer. Although school is out for the summer, the education field offered the most postings for summer jobs, including teacher, […]

Some cities and counties across the country have enacted local ordinances restricting the ability of employers to inquire into the criminal histories of applicants during various stages of the job application process. (These ordinances are commonly known as “ban the box” legislation.) However, the Indiana General Assembly recently passed a bill that prohibits local governments […]

Philly.com article: How ex-Eagle Mike Chalenski flew into the employee background business   The CSS Difference CSS employs a cutting-edge background screening platform and customized in-depth analysis to deliver our employment screening and testing solutions.  Your basic “one-size fits all” background checks can leave you and your employees unprotected.  CSS offers streamlined screening services that […]

Philly.com article: Ex-Eagle Chalenski: Marijuana’s a sticky subject for drug testers   The CSS Difference CSS strives to keep companies and their staff compliant with relevant laws and regulations. Understanding that regulatory compliance drives many industries, CSS partners with organizations to help them navigate through the ever changing legislative landscapes that may affect the candidate […]

New research from the Hackett Group finds that many HR departments are lagging when it comes to helping their organizations deal with talent shortages in key areas, and — due to a lack of resources — sufficient progress likely won’t be made anytime soon. The report, The CHRO Agenda: An Urgent Need to Close Large […]

Drivers killed in fatal car crashes are now more likely to be on drugs than drunk, according to a report published Wednesday, prompting its authors to demand lawmakers “do something” about the uptick of drug-related casualties. Fewer drunk drivers were killed in automobile accidents in 2015 than drivers who tested positive for drugs, the Governors […]

Massachusetts officials say more than 10 percent of drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have failed a required background check. More than 62,000 drivers passed, including some who drive for both companies. About 8,200 failed the checks, which are required under a 2016 state law officials have called the most stringent in the country. […]

Dive Brief: A Korn Ferry study found that 90% of executives said keeping new hires onboard is an issue in their organizations. The majority of executives polled for the study said that between 10% to 25% of new hires leave within six months. The study showed the chief reason new hires leave is that the […]

Recent changes to criminal background check laws at the federal and state level have created compliance challenges for HR professionals, but there are benefits to conducting criminal screens during the hiring process. “Why do we do background checks?” James Reidy, an attorney with Sheehan Phinney in Manchester, N.H., asked the Society for Human Resource Management […]

As we step on to the year 2017 we realize that mobile technology has been had far reaching implications on all and sundry, including industries and sectors across the world and the HR segment is no exception. HR Managers and recruiters are increasingly looking to leverage technology in their processes, including mobile tech. About 70 […]

Philadelphia will be the first city in the country to ban private-sector employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. The purpose of the law is to close the wage gap between men and women. Citing a 2015 U.S. Census Bureau report, the wage equity ordinance says that women in Pennsylvania are paid 79 […]

Choosing the appropriate specimen type is imperative to achieve desired drug testing objectives. Each specimen type has its strengths and weaknesses.  Depending on the reasons behind your drug testing program, a given specimen type may fit more logically than another.  As laws and regulations evolve, employers are shifting their interest from traditional single specimen programs […]

A recently filed class action alleges that Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans Food Markets violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to give proper notification to job applicants and employees who were the subjects of consumer background reports, according to published reports. The lead plaintiffs are Rochester resident Ashleigh Wheeler, hired in 2013 by Wegmans […]

Some of the country’s largest carriers have joined to file a request with the U.S. DOT to allow them to drug test drivers exclusively via hair sample, in lieu of the traditional and federally required urine sample test. The carriers — J.B. Hunt, Schneider, Werner, Knight, Dupree Logistics and Maverick Transportation — argue hair testing is more reliable than […]

  An investment property can be an attractive financial proposition for clients, but finding the perfect tenant is a crucial part of the equation. A good tenant will be profitable for the landlord, whereas a bad tenant can be costly for everyone. An experienced property manager will have established policies and procedures in place to […]

CSS Inc., a leading employer service provider, delivers comprehensive screening solutions to companies domestically and internationally has announced a new website and the unveiling of a new tagline. The new corporate tagline “Speed. Compliance. Customer Excellence.” will better reflect the company’s evolution and vision for the future. The new website upgrade, which features both enriched content and […]

CSS Inc. has been Ranked #4 on HRO Today Magazine’s 2016 Customer Satisfaction List for Background Screening Providers. Out of thousands of background screening companies located throughout the country, CSS has achieved this prestigious ranking. HRO Today is a leading national publication for human resources decision makers and each year acknowledges the nation’s top 13 […]

A report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates the prevalence of past year cocaine use by young adults aged 18-25 in the United States has remained unchanged in 34 states and the District of Columbia in 2014-2015, while 16 states saw increases. According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug […]

Connecticut is the most recent state in the nation to implement statewide legislation prohibiting employers from making inquiries into an applicant’s criminal history at the onset of the employment process, except under certain circumstances. Governor Dannel Malloy signed “An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment,” Public Act No. 16-83, on June 1, 2016. Employers should review […]

Since election day, Ellen Komp of cannabis advocacy group California NORML said she’s received at least a dozen emails and calls from employees asking whether marijuana is now exempted from employer drug tests. The closing line in almost every email response: “I wish I had better news.” Recreational use of marijuana is now legal in […]

In 2010, when Raphael was a first-semester college freshman struggling to get through finals, he did what it seemed like all his friends were doing: he got an Adderall from a fellow student and holed up in the library. It was the first time he’d tried the stimulant—a mixture of amphetamine salts often prescribed for […]

When a federal judge in Texas placed an injunction on the new Department of Labor (DOL) overtime regulations, the action threw an untimely wrench into employers’ months-long efforts to complywith the new rules—leaving many in a difficult and confusing position. The Justice Department appealed the injunction on Dec. 1, but many believe the Trump administration is unlikely to pursue […]

Dive Brief: CBS affiliate WLFI-TV reports that retail and distribution jobs are up this holiday season and might set a 20-year record. About 770,000 seasonal workers are expected to get hired, which is equivalent to the mid-to-late 1990s levels, according to retail management expert Richard Feinberg. Seasonal hiring began in early November and continues through mid-January. Feinberg said […]

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013 or the new version. Among the changes in the new version, Section […]

Ted is an account manager in a productive financial firm. He’s fun-loving and always a hoot at the company happy hours. But over the five years Ted has worked at the firm, his drinking has escalated. As he gained responsibilities and more stress, the weekly happy hour quickly transitioned into a drink every day after […]

Ride-hailing company Uber will pay at least $10 million to settle allegations by California prosecutors that it misled passengers about the quality of its driver background checks. The settlement was signed Thursday in San Francisco, where Uber is based and where the district attorney led a lawsuit that said Uber falsely claimed its criminal screening […]

After his fifth drunken driving conviction, Timothy Velasquez became a “weekend warrior” so he wouldn’t come to his surgical tech job with a hangover, according to testimony. Kenneth Welling submitted more than $4 million in fraudulent bills to insurers to feed a gambling addiction. Sheena Nicole Young-Pitcher was seen huffing anesthesia gases during her shift […]

HR lesson for 2016: Pay attention. Interviewing and hiring is never simple. Just like loving someone for all the wrong reasons, you can hire — or not hire someone — and err in judgment. Some of it has to do with them, but a lot of it has to do with us. Bottom line: Even […]

Mayor Michael Nutter signed an amendment to Philadelphia’s 2012 Ban the Box law that limits employers – both public and private – from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal backgrounds. The original legislation specifies that job applicants do not have to disclose criminal history information until after the first interview. The legislation is now bolstered by […]

Online retailer Amazon.com and staffing company Staff Management were hit with a proposed class action in federal court for allegedly failing to provide prospective employees with the results of background checks before making hiring decisions. Gregory Williams sued the two companies after being rejected for a warehouse job at Amazon in 2013, based on results […]


September 10, 2015

As we all know, “Ban-the-Box” has been a hot topic for over the past few months. Although this movement is over a decade old, it has been gaining more momentum with each passing day. In the past two years, this movement has picked up serious attention by employers and applicants alike and it appears that […]

As of June 2015, 23 states in the United States have legalized the use of marijuana products for medical purposes, and four states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. This has led to workers now believing it’s okay to consume Marijuana while off the clock. In some professions, the effects of the drug may […]

Last month, New York City Bill Int-261-2014A was passed in the New York City Council. The bill has made it unlawful for most employers to utilize any employee’s or applicant’s credit information for employment-related purposes (minus certain specified circumstances).This bill passed at a time when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “EEOC” still has its focus […]

Summer is almost here, a time when youth organizations and camps gear up their search for sports coaches, camp counselors, and volunteers. So, what should be done to ensure the “right” person is hired for the job and can be trusted with the safety of children? States like Colorado and Delaware have introduced legislation to […]

AT A GLANCE Individuals who need a Home Health Aide are some of the most sensitive and vulnerable human beings. Whether it be providing assistance to seniors, individuals with mental illnesses, or those who are nearing the end of their life; Home Health Agencies need to be extra cautious about rules, policies, systems and yes, […]

The Department of Transportation published the final rule in the Federal Register regarding the use of electronic versions of the Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (eCCF). The final rule allows employers, collectors, laboratories, and the Medical Review Officer to use the electronic version of the Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (eCCF) […]

CSS is committed to providing our customers with services to meet their goals and compliance needs. As a result, we are pleased to announce that CSS is now able to conduct PA Child Abuse Registry Clearance Checks and FBI Fingerprinting on your behalf. PA CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE CHECKS Most states currently do not permit access […]

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that as of February 1, 2015, E-Verify will begin checking Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards from the state of Nebraska when presented as a List B document for the Form I-9. Nebraska becomes the fifth state to join the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify […]

CSS Inc., a globally recognized employee screening organization that specializes in Background Screening, Laboratory Testing, Point of Care Testing and Administration Management Services, announced the promotion of Sabine Capilitan to Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Sabine will have responsibility for the company’s overall operations, inclusive of strategic business development and implementation of new business lines […]

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announced that CSS Inc. has successfully demonstrated compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and will now be formally recognized as BSCC-Accredited. “We are excited to be recognized by the BSCC which resulted in achieving accreditation status and to be […]

Drug and alcohol testing is a requirement within the oil and gas industry, but standardization across this industry for drug and alcohol testing is still needed. Because of the dangerous nature of the work performed by contracted employees, oil and gas operator organizations mandate drug testing for contractors and their employees. Mandating drug/alcohol testing helps […]

“Ban the Box” laws, which restrict the ability of employers from asking about criminal backgrounds on job applications and in job interviews, have been gaining momentum across the country. This summer alone, Illinois, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia have passed legislation against inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history. This brings the total to […]

The District of Columbia has enacted a new law that restricts employers from inquiring into criminal background records of job applicants. The Mayor of D.C. signed this law on August 22, 2014, which will go into effect after a 30-day period of Congressional review. “The Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014” prohibits employers […]

The ability of covered employers to inquire into and use criminal records in New Jersey has been restricted. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed “The Opportunity to Compete Act” on August 11, 2014, which will go into effect on March 1, 2015. This law prevents employers, whether oral or written, from “requiring an ‘applicant for […]

Volunteer firefighter organizations are now requiring applicants to submit a background check for any prior sex offense convictions. This law, signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on August 4, 2014, strengthens the screening process already in place for volunteer firefighters in New York. Because firefighters work closely with vulnerable populations (children, families, and the elderly) […]

With an increasing number of states legalizing the use of marijuana, employers must now be prepared to account for the possibility of positive drug tests. Legislation varies from state to state, so there is no blanket policy for workplace enforcement. On July 5, 2014, New York became the latest state to legalize marijuana use for […]

Research from the Society for Human Resource Management shows that nine out of 10 employers run criminal background screens on applicants as part of the hiring process, and the number of Americans who turn out to have a criminal history has increased significantly in recent years to about 30% (92 million people). What should employers […]

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently partnered together for the first time to co-publish two technical assistance documents, one for employers and one for job applicants and employees, that explain how the agencies’ respective laws apply to background checks performed for employment purposes. The two documents […]

Community-based youth sports coaches in Sacramento, California are the targets of new legislation that would require recreational programs to disclose whether or not they conduct background checks on coaches. As it stands, youth sports programs in the state are not required to conduct these checks, nor must they inform parents if coaches have not been […]

In Rhode Island, the demand for criminal background checks has never been higher. Now, more than in previous years, applicants across a wide range of industries are expected to complete a national criminal background check when applying for jobs in Rhode Island. Each year, the state’s General Assembly session passes a new law that expands […]

In a move to crack down on drug use amongst truck drivers, lawmakers in Congress recently introduced a bill to suggest that the federal government should be able to use hair sampling as a method of drug screening for drivers. The bill would establish guidelines that help trucking companies identify drivers that are abusing drugs […]

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has become the target of a lawsuit. The State of Texas sued the EEOC seeking “declaratory and injunctive relief” against the EEOC for issuing its 2012 arrest and conviction guidance. The EEOC’s 2012 Guidance is at the center of the lawsuit, as the Texas complaint argues that the […]

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a record breaking fine for an immigration-related violation against a multi-national corporation. Coming in at $34 million, the settlement concludes months of extensive investigation that began in May of 2011. In an official press release, the DOJ alleged that, “Infosys failed to maintain I-9 records for many of […]

Due to the temporary federal government shutdown on October 1, the E-Verify program has been made unavailable until government services resume. According to the Department of Homeland Security, “citizens and U.S. businesses will not be able to access E-Verify, the Internet based system that allows employers to voluntarily determine the eligibility of prospective employees to […]

In recent months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) have increased their scrutiny, implemented stricter enforcement actions, and expanded the scope of lawsuits. Combined with additional “ban the box” initiatives, it is clearer than ever that the employment and background screening industry is one in which it pays to […]

E-Verify electronic employment verification may soon be mandatory on a national level, according to the National Immigration Law Center. In a recent report, the organization warned that hundreds of thousands of currently work-authorized employees might soon find their information mismatched with government records. These mismatched records, known as Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs), stand to cause more […]

The outlook for job growth in the US is optimistic according to the release of several economic reports on August employment statistics. In fact, the private firm ADP estimated that businesses added 176,000 jobs in August alone, just short of the 180,000 estimated by Economists, and with more job openings comes the need for more […]

Recently, Federal regulators in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accused two large corporations of the improper use of criminal background checks in their hiring processes. This comes as part of an increasing trend to label such screening processes as discriminatory. In this case, the EEOC filed laws suits against Dollar General Corp. and BMW. […]

Minnesota has joined a number of other states and cities by passing legislation that prohibits inquiries into criminal history information in the pre-employment process. Instead, employers must wait until an applicant has been selected for an interview before probing into criminal history. By limiting the admissibility of evidence of an employee’s criminal history in civil […]

Your human capital investments are the most influential part of your business. With that in mind, we have designed CSS CheckPoint to keep your organization compliant and informed. At CSS, our mission is to help you achieve your goals as a company by ensuring the security and accuracy of your human capital investments. Whether it’s […]

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently warned ten different data brokerage companies of possible privacy violations and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance. After conducting a test “shopping” operation, the FTC learned that 10 companies were willing to sell consumer information without complying with FCRA requirements. The test was a part of a worldwide […]

Soon, New Jersey will likely join California, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, and Utah in prohibiting employers from asking an employee or applicant for passwords to social media accounts or services. Social media in the workplace has become an increasingly contested issue, but by passing a new bill, New Jersey could become more pro-employee than any state […]

CSS, Inc. is proud to announce Sabine Capilitan has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Customer Experience. In this newly created role, the Senior VP of Customer Experience will drive consistent quality to ensure the customer is not only satisfied but delighted with all CSS interactions. As CSS’s commitment to technology resources for […]

Making sure your company, no matter how large or small, is compliant with the latest in Employment Eligibility Verification Forms (I-9) is of utmost importance. Companies that fail to do so risk thousands of dollars in fines. On May 7, 2013 an updated I-9 Form goes into effect. Will you be in compliance? U.S. Citizenship […]

When considering a potential hire, most decision makers want to be informed of relevant criminal data before bringing an applicant into the organization. In fact, some studies revealed that over 70% of employers conduct background checks on potential hires. For those that don’t, the consequences are often disastrous to business. In a recent article, Hospitality […]

New – Product Ordering Now Online In an effort to strengthen customer service and provide the highest quality workplace screening solutions, CSS has streamlined the product ordering process. Now customers can order products online in 3 easy steps, with just a click of the button! The CSS product division offers the latest technologies and a […]

On the heels of shocking news of unnecessary violence and brutality from bar security, or bouncers, Philadelphia is cracking down on the regulations governing those employed as security in the city’s bars. Increasingly seen as a liability, bar security staff are at the front and center of public scrutiny. In one particular case, after being […]

Could your company pass an I-9 or E-Verify form audit by the US government? During recent months, audits by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have risen steeply in an effort to curb unauthorized employment in the US. In 2012, ICE conducted more than 3,000 audits, compared to just 250 in 2007. On […]

The regulatory environment surrounding employee screening can be overwhelming and non-compliance can be costly to employers. At CSS, our expert team can assist you in remaining compliant as the applicable laws and regulations change. When failure to comply can cost employers time, money and their reputation, CSS’s goal is to protect you on all fronts. […]

CSS continues to be an innovative leader in Drug Testing methods, and our Sweat Patch product is a unique solution for 24/7 Continuous Monitoring of Substance Abuse. The Sweat Patch is an economical alternative and provides distinct advantages over urine testing. In an effort to help our customers utilize the proper resources to train employees […]

CSS announced the appointment of Paul Burns to the position of Chief Operating Officer. In this newly created role, Paul is responsible for developing the company’s growth strategy, driving operational excellence and leading the company-wide branding/technology upgrade. Backed by 22 years of experience, Paul brings the necessary structure and leadership to guide the organization to […]

CSS has been an established screening solution company since 1999. Named on the list of Top 100 fastest growing, privately held companies in the Philadelphia region by the Philadelphia Business Journal – we have consistently grown services, staff and our list of satisfied customers. While CSS has always stood for integrity, leadership and quality un-matched […]

In order for a company to evolve it must keep up with technology and trends. CSS has employed several new technologies and services to assist our customers in navigating the complicated world of hiring, screening and testing needs. The launch of our Social Media solutions aids Human Resource departments as they seek real-time data to […]