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Preferred Club Program Offers Golf and Country Clubs Access to Background Screening Service

Posted on 10 Aug 2011

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The Preferred Club Program® (, a leading insurance provider for golf and country clubs, has partnered with General Information Services, Inc., to provide access to background screening services for its insured clubs.

“Hiring the right employees is one of the best ways for a club to mitigate risks. This background screening service will give clubs the information they need to make more informed and efficient hiring decisions about potential employees,” said Mike DeMarco, executive vice president for the Preferred Club Program.

According to GIS, up to 30 percent of employment applications contain false material and information, and 45 percent of potential employees have either a criminal record, a bad driving record, a workers’ compensation claim or bad credit history. Screening services help employers
filter out dishonest applicants or those who do not meet their standards.

The Preferred Club Program and many other insurers require clubs to perform background checks on current and potential employees, and the onus was always on the club to do these screenings. Now, clubs insured by the Preferred Club Program have online access to a highly
qualified service provider, and the Preferred Club Program is able to pass along a group discount – only $9.00 per search.

Service includes 24/7 access to a web portal featuring consolidated background reporting and real-time status updates. Clubs can choose a standard package at a discounted rate and can select additional services, which include:

• Criminal history searches
• Identity checks
• Employment verifications
• Education verifications
• Credit reports
• Lab-based services, such as fingerprinting and drug screening

Clubs concerned with privacy can be assured that all individual records are confidential and not available to the Preferred Club Program. Clubs contract directly with GIS at a discounted rate.

The Preferred Club Program's clubs can conveniently register for this service at