FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Gaming Employment

Please refer to the following FAQs regarding licensure. If you still have questions, please contact the Gaming Commission Licensing Department.

Why does the Gaming License application require so much information?

The Federal Government includes Indian gaming operations, conducted under or pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), in the definition of a financial institution i.e.: banks, credit unions, etc.  Financial institutions must conduct thorough background checks for all applicants desiring to work for them; therefore, the NHBP Gaming Commission also must be thorough in determining suitability for licensing someone who wants to work for FireKeepers Casino and Hotel.  The information within the application is used in collaboration with the background investigation to make a suitability determination.  The following is reviewed and considered, but is not limited to:
a.    Civil
b.    Criminal
c.    Credit
d.    All information within application

 

What is NHBPGC going to do with this information?

The NHBP Gaming Commission analyzes and verifies all the information provided to make an objective determination on the applicant suitability for a Gaming License.

How is my information protected?

All information presented to the NHBP Gaming Commission is stored in a secure location with access limited to the Gaming Commission staff.

Who will have access to my information?

In compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the following information is provided: solicitation of the information on this form is authorized by 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.  The information will be used by the Tribal Gaming Regulatory authorities and by the National Indian Gaming Commission members and staff who have need for the information in the performance of their official duties.  The information may be disclosed to appropriate federal, tribal, state, local, or foreign law enforcement and regulatory agencies when relevant to civil, criminal or regulatory investigations, prosecutions, or when pursuant to a requirement by a tribe or the National Indian Gaming Commission in issuance, denial, or revocation of a gaming license, or investigations of activities while associated with a tribe or a gaming operation.

Why does NHBPGC need financial information?

The Federal Government includes Indian gaming operations conducted under or pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), in the definition of a financial institution i.e.: banks, credit unions, etc.  Financial institutions must conduct thorough background checks for all applicants desiring to work with them; therefore, the NHBP Gaming Commission also must be thorough in determining suitability for licensure of someone who wants to work at FireKeepers Casino and Hotel.  See question  # 1

I have a bad credit score; does that mean I will not be able to work at the FireKeepers Casino & Hotel?

No, the report will not provide a credit score.  However, if it is determined that an applicant is under an extreme amount of financial pressure, the NHBP Gaming Commission may request that the applicant present additional supporting information to make a determination for suitability.  All licensing decisions are determined on a case-by-case basis.  The determination may include position restriction up to denials of license; this is necessary to protect NHBP assets, patrons and other employees as well as the integrity of the gaming facility.

 

Why does it matter who lives in my household

Evaluation of close relationships and associations, especially within an applicant’s household, is necessary to determine any potential risks that may include, but are not limited to:
•    Conflicts of interest
•    Collusion
•    Scams
•    Kickbacks
•    Other types of illegal and/or fraudulent activity

What if I refuse to provide the information requested

All information on the Gaming license application is required.  Failure to provide accurate, complete and true information may result in a delay in processing, suspension, denial or revocation of the Gaming License application.  A false statement on any part of your license application may be grounds for the suspension or denying or revocation of a license.  In addition, you may be punished by a fine or imprisonment. (U. S. Code, title 18 section 1001)

I have been convicted of a felony; can I still receive a Gaming License?

Yes, the determination will be made on a case-by-case basis.  The determination will be made based on the time elapsed, as well as the type of conviction.  Additional supporting court documentation may be requested.

I have been convicted of a felony and it has been expunged or reduced to a misdemeanor; can I still get a Gaming License?

These kind of issues will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  Additional supporting court documentation may be required.

I have been convicted of a misdemeanor; can I still get a Gaming License?

These kind of issues will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  Additional supporting court documentation may be requested.

If I have been denied a gaming license by the NHBP Gaming Commission in the past, can I reapply at a later date?

In most instances, applicants may reapply one year from the date of denial.

If my gaming license has been denied by another gaming regulatory agency or Tribe, can I still be licensed by the NHBP Gaming Commission?

In most instances, applicants may apply for a Gaming License; the determination will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Can I concurrently hold a valid gaming license with another gaming regulatory agency or Tribe?

No. You can only hold one Gaming License at a time.  Any Gaming License held with another regulatory body will have to be relinquished prior to being licensed through the NHBP Gaming Commission.

Can I be licensed by NHBP Gaming Commission if I have a relative or household member who is also licensed by the NHBPGC?

Yes, the licenses are granted on an individual basis.

Does the employee license cost me anything?

Yes, however that is determined by FireKeepers Casino & Hotel and the payment is made through casino payroll deduction.

What happens if my license is denied, suspended, or revoked?

You will not be allowed to work in any NHBP gaming facility or gaming-related enterprise until licensed or the license is reinstated.  Anyone who has been suspended, denied or revoked may request a hearing with the NHBP Gaming Commission.  If the license is granted or reinstated, the licensee may be subject to additional conditions prior to and/or after licensure.

If I am licensed by NHBPGC and my employment is terminated either voluntarily or involuntarily and I am rehired, do I have to go through the entire process again?

Yes, we may be able to use some of your past information for the relicensing process.

Contact Us

11177 East Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49014
Office phone
: (269) 841-1060
Office fax: (269) 841-1079
Office E-mail: info@nhbpgc.org
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