Letters From Our Readers: June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

 Editor's Note: Have a thing or two to say to The NEWS? By all means, let’s hear it. We want to publish your messages, concerns, etc., in the Letters section of The NEWS. Letters may be edited for length and clarity, and may be published in any medium. We regret that owing to the volume of correspondence, we cannot reply to every letter. Please know that The NEWS shall have the right to publish your submission.

Many Customers Require Tech Background Checks

I cannot believe Joanna Turpin wrote an article on background checks [“Employment Background Checks Drawing Government Scrutiny," June 3, 2013]. There is no way I’d hire anyone without doing background, child abuse [checks], and have them fingerprinted. We follow DOT [Department of Transportation] with pre-employment physicals and drug testing. We do random drug and alcohol testing. Every year there is a check on driving records, and if any problems are detected, they cannot drive a company vehicle.

Many of my customers require this documentation, and we must produce it to be able to service their equipment.

While doing all of this, we have not been turned down to work at federal prisons, Army bases, Coast Guard, Navy, CIA, Homeland Security, ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement], Pentagon facilities, overseas military bases, schools, and churches.

There is something wrong with people who do not want to do these background checks. The government would be in trouble [with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] since they are the ones requiring some of these checks. Many times the government facility will even do further checking, depending on the facility.

People have to be responsible for their actions, and if not, they are going to be limited in what type of jobs they can hold. We as contractors need to know that an employee is not going to cause an issue, and you also get a better employee.

George Hummel
Worden and Shewell
York, Pa.

Publication date: 6/24/2013 

Want more HVAC industry news and information? Join The NEWS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn today!

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 World Energy Engineering Congress

Scenes from the 2014 World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson,an experienced trade school and community college instructor, discusses the HVAC industry and his column in The NEWS, ‘The Service Ticket.’ Listen now for a hint to the Not Enough Heat question from the Dec. 15 issue. Posted Jan. 30.

More Podcasts


NEWS 01-26-15 cover

2015 January 26

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Regional Standards

With regional standards for a/c equipment going into effect in 2015, how do you think it will impact the industry?
View Results Poll Archive


2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con