Are you a glass empty or glass half full kind of person? Tomorrow is the summer solstice or midsummer. The North Pole has its maximum tilt toward the sun and we’ll have the longest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). On Saturday, the days will begin to get shorter and two weeks from now we’ll be celebrating July 4th, another annual milestone in the passing of summer. I look at it differently. I love every minute of summer so I’m excited to welcome each day, even if it is a tiny bit darker. I especially love Independence Day fireworks and warm night strolls with my dog. So here’s to summer. Enjoy the fun!
Happy Independence Day to my colleagues, clients, and the CHR team.
Maintaining FCRA compliance is not only a top priority but a requirement for CRAs. The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has taken the lead in responding to CRA needs by developing accreditation standards designed to maintain the highest levels of FCRA compliance. What about providers? Here too, NAPBS has developed a provider certification program to ensure that when choosing research providers, CRAs can be confident that the researchers meet NAPBS requirements. County House Research (CHR) takes our role in FCRA compliance very seriously and requires all leadership to complete the NAPBS Criminal Research Provider Certification. By successfully completing and obtaining certification, each leadership team member demonstrates their own personal commitment to compliance. The certification process tests an individual’s knowledge and mastery of the NAPBS Criminal Records Provider Guidelines. These guidelines are set by the NAPBS Provider Advisory Group, of which CHR is a founding member. To become certified, an individual must score 100% on a time-limited test. Certificates are valid for two years, after which re-certification is required. Shifting back to the CRA side of the equation, choosing qualified and competent research providers is an important step in maintaining compliance. The NAPBS Criminal Research Provider Certificate Program makes that step easier.
Thousands of low-income students eat free or reduced-price meals during the school year. but those same kids face higher risks for hunger and malnutrition in the summer. The Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger’s summer meals program help to fill that gap, by providing kids the nutritious food they need to stay healthy all summer long! Please join us in supporting their efforts.
As the second smallest by area, Delaware often gets overlooked. Up here in Pennsylvania, Delaware is like a little brother. Fun to be around but not always top of mind. As a youngest child I can relate. But who can’t love a state that has a state soil (Greenwich Loam)? Yep, Delaware is small but mighty with a top-25 ranked state economy thanks to thriving business services, finance, and health sectors. The home of the log cabin, the first place to fly Betsy Ross’ original flag, and the first state ratify the Constitution, we are super proud to increase CHR’s presence in Delaware with our new DelawareDirect™ service. To learn more, please give us a call.
I’m super excited to announce two big pieces of news this month. One is that we have a new website. Besides its beautiful new design, we’ve added some new features like our coverage area search. You can now look up our coverage areas by state or courthouse right from the homepage or from any of our coverage area pages. We hope to add more great features that make our clients’ lives easier as we move ahead.
The second announcement is even bigger! With our recent acquisition in Delaware, we have launched a new service offering the most direct access to Delaware courts available. With CHR turning 20 this year is really gratifying for me to see us continuing to grow and evolve to meet the background screening industry’s changing needs. You can read more about our new DelawareDirect™ below or visit our Delaware coverage page.