pays $2M for bad hire
Lynnfield, MA investment firm is paying nearly $2 million to settle
charges of failing to supervise a broker who, after arrested on
a charge of rape, allegedly admitted stealing $3 million from
clients. Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin announced
yesterday that Investors Capital Corp. agreed to cover $1.7 million
of client losses and pay a $250,000 fine for lax supervision of
Stephen Clifford. ``Whether you're Bernie Madoff or some guy from
around the corner, it doesn't matter,'' Galvin told the Herald.
``You need procedures in place to protect investors.'' Investors
Capital is settling allegations that it failed to properly supervise
Clifford or run adequate background checks before giving him a
job. Galvin claimed Investors Capital founder Theodore Charles,
a longtime Clifford friend, ordered the man hired even though
a credit check showed the suspect had some $442,000 in debts.
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Veritas Capital Acquires Kroll Government Services, Inc.
Capital, a leading private equity firm with a focus on companies
that provide services and products to the government market, announced
the acquisition of Kroll Government Services, Inc. from Kroll,
Inc., a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan. In conjunction with
the transaction, Kroll Government Services, Inc. has been renamed
KeyPoint Government Solutions, Inc.
more information, please visit http://www.veritascapital.com
of Young Workers Have Aspirations to Leave Job When Recession
Group North America's latest American Workplace Insights Survey
finds the most serious threat to employers in this recession may
come at its end. The survey indicates every company's greatest
asset, its human capital, might be its most tenuous, as employers
could see an unprecedented exodus of talent when the job market
rebounds. The youngest age group of current professionals indicate
they plan to be knocking on the doors of their competitors with
(71%) of employed adults between the ages of 18 and 29 saying
they are at least somewhat likely to look for new jobs once the
upturn begins. “These findings should be an eye-opener for
employers who are so focused on cost containment that they are
losing focus on retention,” says Bernadette Kenny, chief
career officer of Adecco Group North America . “In good
times companies focus on how to keep their best and brightest
talent and this becomes more important in bad times. Younger Generation
Y employees bring a lot of new ideas and skills to the table,
they are a generation who likes to be challenged, and if they
lose this at their current job are not afraid to seek it elsewhere.”
More Information Click
Acquires Labat-Anderson, Professional Services Firm Labat-Anderson
Adds New Depth To USIS' Solution Approach To Government Market
US Investigations Services, Inc. (USIS),
the largest commercial provider of security investigation services
to the federal government, a leading provider of pre-employment
screening solutions, and a top provider of information services
to the insurance industry, announced the close of the financial
transaction and acquisition of Labat-Anderson, Incorporated, a
professional services firm serving government agencies in the
areas of litigation support and information systems and services.
Terms of the transaction were not announced. "The Labat-Anderson
business and its team of professionals adds to the solutions we
provide our government customers and creates additional momentum
behind our corporate strategic growth initiatives in the government
markets we serve," said Mike Cherkasky, Chief Executive Officer
of USIS. "This is another
significant step forward for our growth initiatives in the government
sector of our business, adding another suite of solutions that
we can deliver to the markets we serve."
For More Information
Go To: http://www.usis.com/news/2009_05_19_USIS_Aquires_LabatAnderson.aspx
Buys Spock, The People Search Engine
Member, Intelius, a company
that performs background checks on people, has acquired Spock,
a people search engine, for an undisclosed amount. Spock’s
initial marketing launch sparked a little buzz in Silicon Valley,
but over time much more attention continued to go to people-focused
sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. Facebook remains more closed
to users searching data about other people, but LinkedIn, while
having less of a community around it, allows open searching. Spock
remained more behind the scenes: It was early to create widgets
that resided on other sites; it also created syndication deals
that powered search on other sites (Friendster, for example).
While several buyers passed, several others made offers, Singh
said. “There was strong interest,” he said. Intelius
made sense as a buyer, because Intelius
charges money to people who want to do background checks on others.
Spock fits with that mission, Singh said, because it too recently
moved to a mixed free-premium model, where Spock offers users
basic information about people, but requires extra payment to
get more detailed data. So now, when a user lands on a user’s
profile, Spock can also refer the user to Intelius’
service to do a more in-depth background or credit searches.
More Information Go To: http://venturebeat.com/2009/04/30/intelius-buys-spock-the-people-search-engine/
Forms Alliance With Monster To Offers Background Screening Services
Through The Leading Online Recruitment Resource
the leading global online careers and recruitment resource and
flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. announced the availability
candidate background screening services through Monster. The background
screening services will be offered through an alliance with Platinum
Member, HireRight, one
of the world’s largest employment screening providers, and
will help streamline the candidate background-check process for
businesses, increase the quality of new hires and help reduce
liability. The service will be fully integrated with the Monster.com
desktop and candidate management tools, allowing employers to
speed up the screening process and make more informed decisions
when hiring. “At a time when resources and budgets may be
limited, hiring the best candidate the first time is critical
for return on your recruitment investment and ultimately strong
business performance. The wrong hire can cost a business time,
resources and revenue,” said Puneet Bhasin, SVP of employer
product & technology, Monster. “This new service provided
by HireRight is a natural
extension of Monster’s offering, designed to ensure that
the talent search and acquisition process is highly effective,
affordable and that employers find the right person for the job.”
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Congratulations Platinum Member
Screening Wins 2009 Crain's Leading EDGE Award
Screening has earned recognition as a 2009 Crain's Leading
EDGE award winner. The award was presented by Crain's Cleveland
Business and the Entrepreneur's EDGE (Economic Development through
Growth & Entrepreneurship) on Wednesday, May 20th, at Kent
State University. “We are pleased that Corporate
Screening is being recognized as an innovator in our market
with the Leading EDGE award," said Dennis Drellishak, President
and Founder of Corporate
Screening. "The scoring metrics of this award quantify
value to the community, and we are grateful to be part of something
so positive affecting Northeast Ohio." The Entrepreneur's
EDGE selected over 90 winners based upon a metric that enables
the region to measure and track companies throughout the 17 counties
of Northeast Ohio that are creating the most value for themselves
as well as for the community. Qualifying companies have sales
revenue up to $750 million and currently sell some of their goods
or services outside the region, or have plans to do so.
More Information Go To: www.Corporatescreening.com
Background Introduces New Online Technology for Background Checks
Background, Inc. released today its latest technology for
pre-employment background screening. Called AccurateNow,
it allows small to medium-size businesses and human resource professionals
an on-demand solution to create their own corporate account online
and begin ordering comprehensive background checks on job applicants
within minutes. AccurateNow is ideal for organizations wanting
to implement a screening program quickly and realize the need
to get accurate, current information that is compliant with state
and federal regulations. Designed to offer the same products and
services available through Accurate Background’s Enterprise
solution, this flexible online technology is an effective tool
allowing small to medium-size businesses to streamline their screening
process and get comprehensive information from reliable sources.
all of the online training and documentation needed to be compliant
with state and federal regulations. If clients elect to use the
National Criminal search option offered through AccurateNow,
criminal history reported by that search will be automatically
confirmed by AccurateNow
for accuracy using county level services which are researched
directly through the county courthouses.
more information about AccurateNow, visit http://www.accuratenow.com/
Integrated Hiring Solutions Platform Announced by S2Verify, the
New Process Innovator in Employment Screening
the leading edge of an industry that has been increasingly commoditizing
its services to different customer segments with widely varying
needs, S2Verify LLC,
a new process innovator in the background
screening market, announced the launch of its new Integrated
Hiring Solutions platform and website, http://www.s2verifyhire.com/.
This new offering - the first fully integrated hiring solution,
is focused exclusively on the needs of human resources departments,
and specifically on providing staffing managers with a seamless
platform to streamline the management of their end-to-end hiring
process. Bill Whitford, a long-time pioneer and innovator in the
employment screening industry and the company's CEO, says "
We have simplified these processes to reduce cost and eliminate
other indirect expenditures, we have developed a best-in-class
technology that enables our clients to use one solution for applicant
screening and on-boarding their applicants, including I-9
E-Verify services." This powerful new tool helps companies
meet their hiring needs with fewer resources.
More Information Go To: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/05/prweb2397264.htm
Federal Trade Commission will delay enforcement of the new "Red
The Federal Trade Commission
will delay enforcement of the new "Red Flags Rule" until
August 1, 2009, to give creditors and financial institutions more
time to develop and implement written identity theft prevention
programs. For entities that have a low risk of identity theft,
such as businesses that know their customers personally, the Commission
will soon release a template to help them comply with the law.
Today's announcement does not affect other federal agencies' enforcement
of the original November 1, 2008 compliance deadline for institutions
subject to their oversight.
For More Information
Go To: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/04/redflagsrule.shtm
to the Legal Challenge Question!
the background screening industry continues to get more competitive
the firms that will ultimately succeed will be those that create
competitive advantage through their people by offering continuous
learning opportunities to heightened their knowledge and capabilities.
We believe that having employees that are very knowledgeable about
the legal landscape of background screening is essential to continued
We are grateful
to Pam Devata, Seyfarth
Shaw LLP for providing the expertise for this valuable
endeavor. For information regarding the answers to the Legal Challenge
Questions, please contact Pamela Devata at Seyfarth Shaw LLP at
or 312-460-5000 or visit www.seyfarth.com.
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Announces Collaborative Filtering Feature: StreamlineTM Reduces
Data Entry Requirements and Simplifies Ordering
the leading technology provider for the employment and tenant
screening industry, announced the release of StreamlineTM , the
new collaborative filtering process designed to help reduce data
entry requirements for screening requests. StreamlineTM simplifies
the order selection process through the use of a single Direct
Profile Entry Screen. "With StreamlineTM we can accelerate
the data entry process for customers by using derived intelligence
- account user preferences, interactions and other historical
information - to present suggestions for locations and even alias
names," explains Kevin Lenahan, Chief Technology Officer
of ClearStar.net. The system
can be configured to automatically populate past addresses and
alias names as well as use information provided by the applicant
to make recommendations of services. Screening firms will be able
to configure the system differently according to the decision
making rules of each customer.
For More Information
Go To: www.ClearStar.net
Based on staffdigest's
research 96.7% of respondents to their survey of staffing firms
perform background checks and 83.6% use an outside service to
do this work.
2009 Edition, staffdigest (For more information go to: http://www.staffdigest.com)
PROTECTION AND FRAUD
Security Trends: Staying Ahead of the Bad Guys
What you can
do now to stay a step ahead of the changing vulnerability landscape.
As soon as companies began securing database at rest, they went
after data in transit in wireless networks. Companies then reacted
by taking steps to secure wireless transmissions and those with
business partners. Now, the bad guys are going after sensitive
information being transmitted internally throughout enterprises
causing IT security officers to have to shore up protection of
internal data transfers.
Next for Cybercriminals?
- try to
crack encrypted data by stealing encryption keys and certificates,
- take advantage
of confidential data in virtual environments,
- prey on
unsecured data as it moves around organizations inside the firewall,
inventory where your personally identifiable information is
stored, including both electronic data as well as physical hardcopy
data in transit with your business partners and clients.
threats continue to evolve as cybercriminals change their attack
strategies. The most effective defense is offense to protect the
information entrusted to your organization wherever it resides
To Read The
Full Article Go To: http://esj.com/Articles/2009/04/28/Security-Trends.aspx?Page=2
Theft And Unauthorized Modification Of Electronic Data With New
perhaps one of the greatest concerns of the millions of users
that routinely exchange data over the Web or store information
in computers which may be accessed by unauthorized parties. To
protect the confidentiality and integrity of data being transferred
or stored, ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission
(IEC) have jointly developed a new standard which defines authenticated
encryption mechanisms that provide an optimum level of security.
"With the rise of electronic transactions involving sensitive
information, such as the transfer of bank data or personal identity
information, this standard responds to a growing need for increasingly
demanding security requirements." says Prof. Chris Mitchell,
Project Editor of the new ISO/IEC standard. The standard, ISO/IEC
19772, Information technology – Security techniques –
Authenticated encryption, specifies six encryption methods (based
on a block cipher algorithm) that can be used to ensure:
- Data confidentiality
(protecting against unauthorized disclosure of data)
- Data integrity
(enabling recipients to verify that the data has not been modified)
- Data origin
authentication (helping recipients to verify the identity of
takes the specific security needs of different operations into
account. For instance, while encryption may be used to prevent
eavesdropping when data is being exchanged, Message Authentication
Codes (MACs) or digital signatures are ideal for protecting data
from being modified. Some situations may require a combination
of operations, but not all combinations will provide the same
International Organization for Standardization
For More Information
Go To: http://www.iso.org/iso/pressrelease.htm?refid=Ref1221
Criminal in the Next Cubicle
Fear is one
reason for the increase in fraud. When companies decide to lay
off workers and employees start to worry, they think of ways to
protect themselves, says Greg Bangs, vice president and crime
manager with Chubb & Son, based in Warren, N.J. Technology
has enabled fraudulent employees to transfer more money more quickly
before anyone raises the alarm, he adds. Employee fraud has always
been around, but in a recession companies are more likely to notice
because they are tighter with budgets. "Companies are looking
under the hood," Bangs says. What they are finding isn't
pretty. According to a recent survey by the Austin, Texas-based
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the equivalent of an
estimated 7 percent of companies' assets are stolen every year.
ACFE data released in a 2002 survey found that the majority of
corporate fraud -- 64 percent -- is committed by employees. Not
surprisingly, frauds committed by managers or executives are three-and-a-half
times more costly than frauds committed by other employees.In
a recessionary economy, companies lose even more, and as much
as "$994 billion is walking out the door to theft,"
Bangs says. Some preventive measures are more effective than others.
The cardinal rule among fraud fighters is never, ever, let the
same employee handle the same transaction from beginning to end.
For More Information
Go To: http://www.hreonline.com/HRE/story.jsp?storyId=209736419
Guard In Tough Times Against Computer Saboteurs
the wrath of a disgruntled ex-employee. As the downturn forces
businesses to shed jobs, employers should watch for computer sabotage
by laid-off employees, says Gary Kessler, a computer forensics
expert. Just one vengeful act can cost a company thousands of
dollars in repairs and lost productivity, and he said that these
days it probably happens more often than many employers realize.
In a global survey by CA, an information technology management
software company that released the results last week, seven of
every 10 companies said they believe layoffs have increased the
internal threat to their information technology systems, and 40
percent said they planned to increase their security budgets.
History shows the damage can be devastating. Three years ago,
for instance, a Bergen County man was convicted of creating a
cyber-bomb that crashed hundreds of servers and computers at UBS
Webber offices across the country in 2002, costing $3 million
For More Information
Go To: http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2009/04/standing_guard_in_tough_times.html
Exhibiting Strategies in Uncertain Times
Marketech have teamed up to create a White Paper that gives you
a fresh perspective on how you can go beyond just surviving to
thrive in the challenging economic times. Here are some excerpts
from the White Paper for your enjoyment.
Trade Shows a Part of Your Integrated Marketing Communications
is Not Just Collecting Names or Swiping Badges
Evaluate the Shows in Which You Participate
to Work the Show Every Moment the Show is Open
the Quality of the Audience, Not the Quantity
is Your Measure of Success? Measure the Results
a "Follow-up TEAM"
for the Right Reasons
to surviving this potential downturn is not to avoid exhibiting
altogether, but instead to exhibit smarter.
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Things You Need to Measure Your Trade Show Program
many exhibitors say measurement is important, even essential,
to their trade show marketing, too often they don’t know
where to start. So here are the seven things you need to measure
your trade show marketing. First, you need to know what measurements
are possible, and a tool to store and report the data you are
measuring. To help with that, we’re introducing Measurement
Made Easy!, our updated and expanded Trade Show and Event Calculator
software program (which you can get at no cost;
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you make sound exhibiting and event decisions and report them
to your internal team. There are 14 calculators for use after
your show, and feature popular measurements such as Return On
Investment (ROI), cost per lead, new product introductions, sponsorships,
presentations, and estimated versus actual budget calculations.
But software alone won’t do it all. To successfully measure
your trade show program, you also need the other 6 factors:
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to Avoid Hiring Mishaps
By Lester S. Rosen
data to search and what information to avoid is critical when
vetting job candidates. Special care must be applied when using
criminal databases compiled from public sources, for example.
Other critical issues include the proper vetting of educational
claims and the use of social networking sites.
To Read The
Full Article Go To: http://www.securitymanagement.com/article/how-avoid-hiring-mishaps-005529
Tips to Consider Before Placing an Order with a Record Retriever
By Mike Sankey
communicating needs and expectations goes a long way to avoid
major misunderstandings between clients and retrievers.Be clear
at the outset on what you expect a record retriever to do for
you. Here are ten aspects of a search we think are essential to
review before you hire a retriever. Of course, the one big question
not on this list that you will want to ask the retriever is “What
is the cost?” This answer cannot be determined until the
ten items below are clear to both parties.
Determine Exactly What Type of Records You Want Searched
You must always be crystal clear about what information
you need. Do not give the retriever vague instructions. Asking
a researcher to do a “criminal record search” is not
an adequate description. For example, is the search to be conducted
for felonies only, for felonies and misdemeanors, or for both?
If misdemeanors are desired, should the search include DWIs? Another
consideration is if a federal court search is also required.
Where You Want to Search
What Results are to
be Reported if Identifiers are Lacking
Decide the Time Period to Search
Determine if you Want Documents
as Part of a Search
the Subject’s Name
When and How You
Want the Results Given to You
the Retriever Know if You
Anticipate Records or Hits
a Written or Electronic Log o
of the Request Instructions
to Ask How the
Search Will be Conducted
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REVIEW: SECURITY MANAGEMENT MAGAZINE
Screening and Investigations: Managing Hiring Risk from the HR
and Security Perspectives
By Barry Nixon, SPHR, and Kim Kerr, CPP; Reviewed by
risk in the hiring process can be a challenging task for
an organization’s human resources (HR) and security
departments. Having the right resources and experience to
properly conduct a background screening or an investigation
is vital. Fortunately, there is a growing amount of valuable
material available. Background Screening and
Investigations is one of them. Authors Barry
Nixon and Kim Kerr lay a good foundation by explaining the
risks posed by not having an appropriate screening process.
Next, they address how legal issues can affect background
screening and an organization as a whole. The authors then
explain how security and HR must collaborate in this important
The chapter titled “Background Checking Policy”
is one of the book’s many highlights. Nixon and Kerr
explain the importance of having a policy in place and the
laws governing background screening.
of this chapter cannot be overstated. The reader could easily
use the authors’ detailed arguments in making the case to
management that a policy is needed. Later, the chapter provides
detailed examples of hiring policies, focusing on specific issues
the documents must address. Other chapters in this book are just
as detailed and informative. Those who conduct background screening
or investigations know the importance of keeping current on the
ever-changing environment of background screening. Background
Screening and Investigations is an important resource
that anyone involved in hiring or the background screening business
should keep close at hand.
with permission of Security Management magazine. This is not intended
to be an endorsement by Security Management magazine or ASIS International.
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The Accreditation Department has established degree accreditation
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Your Fraud Risks in Turbulent Times by Gagandeep Singh Puri, KPMG
information is excerpted from a presentation by Mr Gagandeep Singh
Puri of KPMG at a recent CEO Forum session presented to The NASSCOM
Regional Council of Guragon. Mr Puri, spoke about how the corporate
world has been absolutely ravaged by fraudulent acts, defying
both geography and time.
Some of the
statistical data from by the KPMG India Fraud Survey of 2008:
50 % of the respondents agreed that fraud was a major problem
in India and out of the remaining 50 %, a whopping 37 % “somewhat
agree;” which means that 87 % of the population seriously
consider fraud as a severe roadblock.
- Some 32
% of the senior people admitted to the knowledge of how such
acts were perpetrated in their companies,
- 60 % of
the respondents admitted to experiencing some kind of “fraud”
in the last two years.
spate of fraudulent corporate behavior - on a scale which can
only be termed leviathan - has truly triggered the crisis that
businesses face and has led to the birth of “fraud loss
management.” Consequences of fraud to the company often
include bankruptcy, significant changes in ownership, delisting
by national exchanges and financial penalties imposed. Finally,
Mr. Puri discussed some preventive measures: pre employment screening,
sound internal controls, process level fraud risk assessments,
effective whistle blowing policies, good internal audit function.
He noted that prevention is often better (and often cheaper) than
For More Information
Or To View the Presentation Go To: http://blog.nasscom.in/emerge/2009/04/managing-your-fraud-risks-in-turbulent-times-by-gagandeep-singh-puri-kpmg/
Screening, An Integral Part Of HR Activity
By Ashish Dehade, Managing Director (West Asia), First Advantage
Pvt. Ltd. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
is increasingly being acknowledged as the most important investment
for any company. Finding the right talent is a humungous challenge
that the HR teams are facing in the current hiring scenario. With
the advent of a truly global workforce, multi-location operations
has led to an exponential increase in the risks associated with
candidate recruiting and contract staff/vendor hiring. In addition,
the nvolvement of individuals from corporates in various crimes
have led to increased realisation about the value for background
screening all employees.
of background screening was introduced in India about seven years
back. This was triggered by the changed security environment post
the 9/11 attacks in the USA. With a number of Fortune 1000 companies
initiating business in India it was expected that their India
based entities/partners (mainly IT and BPO/ITeS companies) would
background screen their employees as well as their outsourced
staff. The concept of background screening is growing to include
firms in manufacturing, petroleum, hospitality, health care, retail,
travel, telecom, educational institutions and entertainment industries.
It is becoming a part of the standard outsourcing contract and
therefore Indian companies continue to proactively adopt it as
part of their business process. The background screening industry
is still in its nascent phase, however, collaborative online database
solutions involving the candidate, the recruiter, the verifier,
the verifying authorities, etc., are coming which will help in
developing a ‘pre-qualified and pre-checked’ ready-to-hire
talent pool — which is the need of the hour in the present
Indian economic scenario.
For More Information
And To Read The Full Article Go To: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/3396/background-screening-integral-part-hr.html
from Arabic to English is No Piece of Cake
challenge for the due diligence process in the Middle East is
ensuring proper spelling and transliterating of Arabic names to
and from English. When conducting due diligence inquiries, even
slight name variations can produce false positives, lead to superfluous
results, or (most worryingly) cause a researcher to inadvertently
overlook potentially significant adverse information. Transliteration
from Arabic to English for non-Arabic speakers is particularly
difficult because there are no agreed standard spellings, and
numerous variations can exist for each name. For example, a 1994
IBM-led research project on Arabic name algorithms concluded that
the name Suleiman has as many as forty English variations. Even
high profile subjects lack standardization. There are at least
32 different spellings for "Moammar Al Ghaddafi," which
would be good news if writing a term paper (difficult to misspell).
However, when searching standardized English databases –
such as litigation records or enforcement actions – precise
spellings are necessary. For More Information Go To:http://www.corprisk.com/publications/newsletters/dd/Challenges%20of%20Du
Federation for Personnel Management, Events, http://www.wfpma.com/dates.html
view the International Section go to http://www.preemploymentdirectory.com/
look in the middle of the page for the gray bar like the one below.
May Fuel 'Crimes Of Passion' In Offices
believes that insider threats from under-pressure employees may
increase with layoffs and pay freezes, reports Amit Roy Choudhury.
A recent study by Symantec Corp notes that 50% of SMBs (Small
and Medium-sized Businesses) in Singapore plan to increase IT
security and storage spending over the next 12 months, despite
the present economic crisis. The results are a part of the Asia-
Pacific, including Japan (APJ) findings of Symantec's 2009 Global
Small and Medium-sized Business (SMB) Security and Storage survey.
Symantec believes that insider threats will increase as economic
pressure rises, Mr Hoh added. According to him, when companies
lay off staff, freeze salaries and suspend promotions, or when
employees fear such events are imminent, the pressure is more
likely to prompt employees into making bad choices out of fear.
'Insiders may try to steal confidential data and trade secrets,
often via e-mail, for financial gain or merely to 'get even'.'
He noted that malicious insider incidents are mainly 'crimes of
passion' and are not part of long-term plans, but more of a thoughtless
action during an emotional moment. The survey also revealed that
the top three concerns of APJ SMBs are viruses, data breaches,
and loss of confidential or proprietary information through USB
and other devices.
More Information Go To: http://www.asiaone.com/Business/SME%2BCentral/Tete-A-Tech/Story/A1Story20090514-141394.html
Of The New Vetting And Barring Scheme
Home Office announced new measures to protect the vulnerable with
the launch of the new Vetting and Barring Scheme later this year.
The changes planned for 12 October 2009 and the new safeguards
that will be introduced to enhance the protection of children
and vulnerable adults are outlined below.
- The creation
of two new ISA barred lists. These lists will replace the existing
List 99 and POCA, POVA Lists.
to these new ISA lists will be available on request as part
of an Enhanced CRB check.
for Enhanced CRB checks will expand to include more employment
and voluntary positions; such roles will be known as regulated
CRB checks will no longer be available for those working with
children or the vulnerable.
- There is
no change to the current application form or application process.
requirements go into effect on July 2010 and November 2010
Information And To Read The Additional Requirements Go To: http://www.crb.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=5290
Unemployment Rises To 2.2m
in Britain rose again in March, with official figures showing
that the number of jobless rose to 2.2m, a 13-year high. Unemployment
is up by 244,000 since December, and by nearly 600,000 in the
past year. The unemployment rate jumped from 6.7% in February
to 7.1% in March. The number of people claiming benefits in March
climbed 57,000 to just over 1.5 m. However, the increase in the
jobless numbers was down on recent months, providing some grounds
for cautious optimism that the economy may be close to bottoming
out. The 57,000 rise in the numbers out of work last month compared
with a 74,000 jump in April, and a137,000 increase in March. Hugo
Sellert, head of economic research at Monster Worldwide, told
Recruiter: “In line with the latest ONS results, the Monster
Employment Index UK is starting to show a stabilisation in the
rate of decline in the UK job market.
April, the Index registered its second gain in three months, partially
halting the downward trend seen between May 2008 and January 2009.
More Information Go To: http://www.recruiter.co.uk/unemployment-rises-to-22m/1001533.article
and Unlawful Employment Vetting and Background Screening
decisions are difficult and are often taken under acute pressure
of time. There are a number of legal risks, including the possibility
of a discrimination claim from an unsuccessful candidate. If an
unsuitable appointment is made, then the consequences can be very
expensive, and on occasion disastrous. Employment vetting is about
one specific aspect of the recruitment process: namely, identifying
potential employees who present an unacceptable risk of serious
harm to the organisation, or to its customers or service users.
Vetting raises significant problems, not simply for employers,
but for society as a whole. For instance, a balance needs to be
struck between preventing individuals from having their careers
blighted by unproven allegations, and protecting vulnerable groups
(such as children, the elderly and disabled people) from the risk
of financial, physical or sexual abuse. The available methods
of employment vetting include asking for references, carrying
out Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks, ensuring that prospective
employees are not on any statutory barring list, and the use of
employment blacklists. There may also be issues (not dealt with
in this article) about checking immigration status and ensuring
that a candidate is entitled to work in the UK. As the Facebook
generation enters the workforce, we will doubtless see employers
searching the internet for evidence of drug or alcohol abuse,
political extremism, or even an intention to start a family in
the near future.
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A Third Of City Workers Would Steal From Employers
survey by Infosecurity Europe of office workers in London's financial
district has found that over a third (37%) would steal company
information from their employer if the price was right. City workers
were still fairly scrupulous, though, with around two thirds saying
that they would never download and hand over sensitive information.
Researchers from Infosecurity Europe asked City professionals
what it would take to tempt them to download and hand over sensitive
company information to a stranger, with incentives ranging from
a ‘slap up meal’ to over ten million pounds. The type
of information that the workers had access to included customer
data bases (83%); business plans (72%); accounting systems (53%);
Human Resources data bases (51%); and IT admin passwords (37%).
'Even in the current downturn British workers are still basically
very honest, but this cannot be relied upon by organisations to
protect valuable company information and confidential customer
data', said Tamar Beck, Group Event Director, Infosecurity Europe.
More Information Go To: http://news.hereisthecity.com/news/business_news/8988.cntns
Union Blacklists To Be Prohibited
action by the Information Commissioner to shut down a blacklist
of construction workers in March this year on the basis of data
protection law, there has been much speculation as to whether
the practice of blacklisting will be outlawed generally. Business
Secretary Lord Mandelson has today announced that the Government
intends to introduce new regulations to prevent union members
being victimised at work or denied access to employment due to
blacklists. This is likely to make unlawful the compiling, dissemination
or use of prohibited lists subject to certain limited exceptions.
Consultation on the proposed regulations will be launched in early
More Information Go To: http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=79454&email_access=on
invite you to pull up a chair, grab your latte and take
a break while you join us for this month’s issue of
The Background Bistro. This week’s guest is Heather
Arndt, CEO of ABC Service, Inc.
Arndt, along with her mother-in-law, Wanda Arndt, purchased
ABC Service, Inc. in 2000. Prior to purchasing the business,
Heather was a bookkeeper. It was then that she learned about
different employment laws and accessing public records.
"I have worked in this industry for the past nine years
and it is what I expected it to be. I have enjoyed learning
about all of the laws and how the court system works,"
Service, Inc. is unique in a number of ways. For one, it
is a small family-owned establishment, which allows the
company to have a one-on-one approach with its clients.
It also allows the company to handle each case with a personal
touch. "Everyone that works in our office is very versatile.
Each employee can perform all duties of the job, from going
to the courthouse and gathering information to accessing
computer data for our clients. Even though I have a leadership
position, I perform all of the day-to-day duties,"
states the Minnesota native.
Service, Inc. provides many benefits to its clients. For
example, you never get a voice mail; there is always someone
to answer the phone and provide you with the necessary information.
All employees are aware of current projects that the company
is handling and are able to answer all questions a client
may have. In addition, ABC Service, Inc. specializes in
compliance laws of Minnesota. "We don’t have
to get back to you on any questions the client may have,
we know the answers right away. Also, we are able to customize
our rates, while most other background check companies have
a flat rate," says the CEO.
feels that the biggest key to the company's success is communication,
stating, "Communication is a big deal when it comes
to our clients, it is something that we have to have."
those who have used ABC Service, Inc. has been very positive,
"Everyone is very satisfied with the services that
we provide for them. We do 10-15 year searches without any
extra charge. They love our fast turnaround and extra effort,"
ABC Service, Inc. is a big part of Heather’s life,
but she still manage to make time for a fun and fulfilling
personal life as well. Heather has been married for ten
years to her husband Brad and has two children, daughter
Chase and son Hayden. "We live on a lake and do a lot
of boating. My husband and I do a lot of golfing and our
children are starting to get into it as well."
also enjoys collecting antiques. She has a couple of antique
blow guns in her collection. One is from Malaysia and the
other from India.
is a big sports fan who follows hockey, baseball and NASCAR.
Heather has even had the opportunity to meet one of her
favorite players, Joe Nathan, of the Minnesota Twins stating,
"Meeting him was really cool, me and my family are
also really big Curt Busch fans, too."
wanting to escape and relax Heather turns to music. Her
tastes range from country to jazz, with some occasional
classical thrown in too. She reveals an interesting fact
about her favorite band, "The lead singer of the group
Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong, actually married a lady
from Minnesota and comes back here once a year."
from her work and leisure activities, Heather volunteers
for the United Fund Board. She also is a member of the Le
Center Chamber of Commerce and NAPBS.
with most leaders in her field, Heather sees a great future
for her industry, stating, "I think that the laws are
going to become much stronger when it comes to verification.
Also with the way the economy is, I foresee a lot of companies
going out of business or the bigger companies buying out
the smaller ones. However, in the end, I think the industry
will stay strong because I believe that every company should
have background screening which means in the long run there
will be plenty of work to go around."
More Information About ABC Service, Inc. or to Reach Heather
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