There Are Several Things That Are "Wrong" With The Background
the current July edition of Security Director News the Editorial
is entitled ‘Are you in the know about pre-employment screening?’
It starts out with “There are several things that are "wrong"
with the background screening industry. Some of the issues stem
from misinformation, and some stem from bad business practices.
But the bottom line is that most of the companies in the United
States are not getting good information.
biggest issues are the misconceptions concerning database searches.
There are companies all over the place that sell criminal record
searches that are "national". But there is no such thing
as a national database search, period. Even the famous FBI database
search, the NCIC, has flaws. In 2005, the National Association
of Professional Background Screeners commissioned a study on the
accuracy of the NCIC and the results were shocking to say the
least. The study found that in a significant percentage of searches,
the FBI database returned erroneous or incomplete information."
More Information Go To: http://securitydirectornews.com/index.php?p=article&id=sd200707UzxrfZ
Berg 2007 SHRM Report for the Background Screening Industry
was up again this year, to a record 15,000 attendees and another
7000 or so exhibitors, staff and others. Note: there are over
225,000 SHRM members. The number of pre-employment screening companies
exhibiting was up about 10 to 55. It really seemed that there
were more background checking companies than any other category.
Some even had booths right next to the other or across the row.
Regardless, the exhibiters I spoke with were very excited about
the quantity and quality of the leads. Of course, as we know so
well, these are only “leads” and must be worked to
turn into Accounts. The point is, people are looking for something
better and those exhibiting have a good shot at knowing who those
companies are. NAPBS had a booth again this year, talking about
the value to the end user in using a NAPBS member as a quality
background screener and giving out a special SHRM edition of the
slick NAPBS Journal. The hot topic again this year for background
screening companies was The Complete Recruiting Suite.
Need Not Apply: Are We Creating A New Underclass That Is Not Able
To Get A Job?
U.S. locks up more people than any other nation, and therefore
releases more people from prison each year - more than 650,000
per year (120,000 per year in L.A. County alone). And with a job
market that increasingly locks out people with criminal convictions
experts say it is no wonder that nearly 70% of people who come
home from California prisons return within one year of their release.
"How can we in good conscience expect people with past convictions
to turn their lives around when we force them to wear shackles,"
said Supervisor Yvonne Burke. Her motion called the Fair Employment
Resolution would remove the criminal conviction question from
L.A. applications. More U.S. Cities Removing Criminal Record Questions
from Job Applications. Across the country cities and counties
are undoing the stigma and discrimination that follows people
with criminal records. Major U.S. cities (including Boston, Chicago,
Minneapolis, San Francisco, St. Paul and Alameda County California)
are calling the dreaded question - hypocritical and discriminatory.
More Information Go To: http://www.blackvoicenews.com/content/view/41044/4/
Efforts to Eliminate Redundant Background Check Investigations
components are in the preliminary stages of implementing several
initiatives, that may consolidate, coordinate, and harmonize2
such background check programs. Because it is too early to determine
the effectiveness of these initiatives, we did not make specific
recommendations to eliminate any redundancies and inefficiencies
specific to the DHS background check programs examined. To identify
programs with background check requirements similar to those for
the HME program, we examined the various programs’ background
check requirements and held discussions with Transportation Security
Administration (TSA), Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection
(CBP), and DHS Screening Coordination Office (SCO) officials.
On the basis of this information and as agreed with committee
offices, we compared the HME program to the following five DHS
Background, Inc. Wins "Supplier Diversity Award"
- JCPenney Names Accurate Background as their Leading Minority-Owned
Background, Inc., a leading provider of background screening
services, announced today it has received the prestigious
Procurement Supplier Diversity Award during the annual JCPenney
Supplier Summit. “With over 2,000 procurement vendors
supporting JCPenney throughout the year, it is an honor
to be recognized for our commitment to quality and service,”
remarked Dave Dickerson, president of Accurate Background,
Inc. “We admire JCPenney’s dedication to incorporating
minority-owned vendors, such as ours, in its key business
More Information Go To: http://www.accuratebackground.com/pdfs/JCP%20Supplier%20Diversity%20Award%2007.pdf
Document Destruction Sold To Cintas
Document Destruction, a division of James M. Sweeney and Associates,
Inc. has been sold to Cintas Corporation. Secure Document Destruction
provided secure onsite shredding of confidential documents and
materials in the Quad Cities and surrounding area. Cintas is an
experienced national shredding services provider and will operate
the onsite shredding business from their Moline, Illinois offices.
More Information Go To: http://www.quadcitytimes.com/articles/2007/07/10/news/business/doc469318b01ee45334658818.txt
Person Receives New Round Of Funding
York-based background screening company Verified Person Inc. announces
it has received a Series D round of equity funding from an undisclosed
group of new investors, and return participation from initial
investors. With this round the company plans to expand its sales
and marketing organizations as well as focus on product development.
“We are fortunate to have such a committed group of investors
supporting Verified Person,” said Verified Person CEO Jim
Davis. “This new round of funding provides additional resources
to further expand market share in both new and existing markets.”
More Information Go To: http://www.verifiedperson.com
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deverus, Inc. Announces The Launch Of Enhanced Sales Tools
announced today the launch of their newest sales tools for
its customers, the ExpressAccounts - They allow background
screening prospects to quickly sign up, place live orders
at an initially discounted rate, and track marketing campaign
effectiveness. Not only can background check companies more
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Some examples include:
More Information Go To: www.deverus.com
Verifications, Inc. Introduces VI Applicant Manager
Verifications, Inc., a leading provider of global employment
screening and applicant processing services, announced a revolutionary
new product at the SHRM annual conference in Las Vegas June
24-27. The new product,VI Applicant Manager, combines employment
screening, applicant management and onboarding. No other product
on the market provides these services via a single software
system. The application has been in development for over eighteen
months and will be delivered using the software as a service
For More Information Go To: www.verificationsinc.com
Security: Data Breach Insurance Gains in Popularity
do you think it would cost your institution if a laptop with 10,000
customer records went missing? A new online calculator created
by Darwin Professional Underwriters puts the cost per breached
record at $166 per record (www.tech-404.com/calculator), and shows
the cost breakdown among internal investigation, notification
and crisis management, and regulatory costs. Every time there's
a major data breach insurance companies that write policies to
cover the technical side of breaches and privacy-protection policies
prepare for a deluge. "Demand for netAdvantage has been outstanding,"
says Nick Economidis, VP and Product Manager at National Union
Fire Insurance Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of AIG, which has
offered a security-risk policy called netAdvantage for years.
"We've seen a significant uptick in interest and a significant
uptick in buying as a result of data-disclosure events, most notably
in the last couple of months," he says.
More Information Go To: http://www.banktechnews.com/article.html?id=20070525TLBOP8OV
Law Strengthens Bus Driver Screenings
- A new state law calls for the state Department of Motor Vehicles
to follow the same screening standards for school bus drivers
that the state Department of Education uses for teachers, administrators
and coaches. Gov. M. Jodi Rell this month signed the bill requiring
additional background checks of people applying to drive school
buses. The check includes reviewing the state child abuse registry.
The new law prohibits anyone convicted of or arrested for a major
felony or crime associated with child abuse or neglect from driving
schoolchildren on buses. It also requires the DMV to deny a bus
driver's license to anyone convicted of a serious criminal offense
if the person has not completed his or her sentence within the
past five years.
Seeks Background Check For Long-Term Care Workers
Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Fla., whose district includes part of Charlotte
County, has introduced a House version of a bill that would create
a national background check system for long-term care employees.
The proposal has been pushed by Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wisc., who says
the background checks are needed to prevent people with criminal
histories and abuse records from working with the elderly in nursing
homes and other long-term care settings. A seven-state test of
the idea, included in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act, ends
in September. More than 5,000 people were excluded from long-term
care work in those states. "This legislation would build
on that success by providing better protection for our friends
and family who are entrusted to the care of others,"Mahoney
said in a press statement.
More Infomration Go To: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20070720/BLOG30/70720017&start=1
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FUTURE OF BACKGROUND CHECKING
checks long have been a means for employers to look into the pasts
of potential or current employees. Although some consumers might
find this practice unnecessarily nosey, others recently have starting
turning the tables. Many employees now buy their own background
checks and even bring them to their interviews. HR executives
want to be able to allow applicants to use their background checks
in other areas of life such as housing, rentals, volunteer organizations
and online dating services,” he said. “Background
checks are just being used more and more in life. It’s kind
of like credit reports in the late ’70s and early ’80s
— they were only really being used by employers, but nowadays,
you can go buy your own credit report, look at your score and
analyze it.” We predict the next five years, a major percentage
of employers will at least be offering applicants the opportunity
to buy their own background check.”
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Go Global For Talent: Companies looking overseas for skilled employees.
companies are tapping into overseas talent to deal with a lack
of qualified workers in North America, according to a Deloitte
& Touche LLP survey. The firm's Technology Fast 500 CEO survey
shows 55% of CEOs plan to offshore talent in the next five years.
Thirty percent of respondents also say by 2012 they plan to offshore
up to 10% of their workforce, while 27% say they'll offshore up
to 20%. Less than one-fourth of respondents (20%) plan to offshore
up to 30% of their workers, and 15% expect to offshore up to 40%
of their workforce.
More Information Go To: http://www.industryweek.com/ReadArticle.aspx?ArticleID=14352
Out The Bogus Staff: Undercover Journalists Can Damage Your Company's
and G4S are just two recent victims of bad press coverage broken
by undercover journalists. So what can HR do? Background screening
at the recruitment stage to help spot bogus CVs and references
is one way of screening out potential troublemakers.
More Information Go To: http://www.personneltoday.com/Articles/2007/07/17/41497/Screening
- Bill To Regulate Private Detectives
DELHI: Aiming to regulate private detectives and outsourcing some
policing jobs to detective agencies in the country, the government
is set to introduce a Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament.
Drafted by the Home ministry, the Private Detective Regulation
Bill 2007 seeks to bring the private detective agencies under
government control and eliminate fly bynight operators.
More Information Go To: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Bill_to_regulate_private_detectives_soon/articleshow/2226008.cms
Employee Fraud and Dishonesty: Managing and Mitigating Risk
research by CIFAS – the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service
– has confirmed that staff fraud has a reputational, financial,
regulatory, internal and customer service impact on businesses.
As a result, staff fraud is now emerging as the single most significant
fraud risk to the financial services industry and a serious risk
to all businesses. The growing threat from staff fraud can be
effectively combated by organisations co-operating and adopting
a common approach that includes zero tolerance of all types of
staff fraud and a rigorously anti-fraud internal culture that
promotes honesty, openness, integrity and vigilance throughout
More Information Go To:http://www.cipd.co.uk/subjects/hrpract/general/_tklgstffrd.htm?IsSrchRes=1
New Checks For Foreign NHS Doctors
security checks on foreign doctors and other health workers migrating
to Britain are to be stepped up after the weekend bomb scares
in London and Glasgow. Recruitment of overseas medical staff will
also be reviewed and the worldwide watch lists for terrorists
expanded. New agreements are being sought with countries around
the world to ensure a co-ordinated response to the terrorist threat.
Gordon Brown announced the moves in the Commons as police continued
to question eight suspects, all of whom worked in the NHS. "It
is vitally important that the message is sent out to the rest
of the world that we will stand strong, steadfast and united in
the face of terror," he said. The prime minister, during
his first Question Time in the Commons, said the Government would
strengthen background checks on highly skilled migrants.
More Information Go To: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=CINVOVEMUWKY
Laws To Protect Personal Data
will face prosecution for hiring private investigators to dig
up confidential information on customers, according to new rules
coming into force at the end of this year. The rules are part
of a new code of practice for insurers which is being drawn up
by the Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, who is responsible
for upholding the privacy rights of individuals. During recent
audits of insurance companies, Hawkes discovered that civil servants
in the Department of Social and Family Affairs (DSFA) had leaked
sensitive social welfare records to insurers. ‘‘I
am concerned that such leaks are happening,” said Hawkes.
‘‘The DSFA has sensitive information on people, many
of whom come from a poor background. When people entrust their
details to the state, they should have the confidence that this
information will be kept confidential and only used for the purposes
for which it is given in the first place.” Under data protection
law, it is a criminal offence for a company to obtain someone’s
confidential information without their consent.
More Information Go To: http://www.sbpost.ie/post/pages/p/story.aspx-qqqt=IRELAND-qqqm=news-qqqid=25336-qqqx=1.asp
“GOT INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION?”
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information on doing international background verifications, vetting
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High Court Has Ruled That A Company Wrongfully Fired An Employee
Based on Prior Criminal Record
‘s Supreme court said that an employee’s conviction
must bear a rational relationship to the employee’s job
before it can take action. Wright, a Home Depot employee with
about one year tenure applied for a promotion to department supervisor.
During the review period for the promotion, Wright was tested
for drugs twice. Both test were negative. Home Depot also conducted
a criminal background check on Wright as part of the review. The
check uncovered Wright’s drug conviction and Home Depot
fired him. (Description based on information provided in Legal
Report in March, 2007 Security Management magazine.)
summary of the courts findings go to Wright v. Home Depot, Hawaii
Supreme Court, No. 27190,2006
Regulatory Commission to Address Rescreening of Employees
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a final rule requiring
that those who have access to nuclear safeguards information—defined
as sensitive, unclassified, security-related data—be fingerprinted
and undergo an FBI criminal records check. Under the rule, those
who have completed a background check within the past five years
or who have an active security clearance need not be rescreened
at this time. The fingerprinting requirement is required under
the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and is effective immediately. The
NRC is currently working on a more comprehensive rule addressing
the other issues set out in the act. The upcoming rule will address
issues such as security precautions to preserve the integrity
of safeguard information and how often employees must be rescreened.
For More Information Go To: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/acrs/tr/fullcommittee/2006/ac090706.pdf
Cases Are On The Rise
People in all corporate
ranks — even longtime, trusted employees — are now
being charged with embezzlement, police and prosecutors say —
after simply slipping cash from the till or creating an elaborate
cover-up that allows them to steal from their employers for years.
Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Frail said embezzlement
cases compared to two years ago, has increased. “It’s
anyone from the management on down. Cashiers — everyone
— can fall prey.” He note not only embezzlement, but
also forgery, uttering and credit card fraud. Screening new hires
is the best way to prevent embezzlement, but Frail noted that
even long after some employees have worked for one company, they
resort to theft. Detective Lt. Jeff Shumate of the Beckley Police
Department said “The biggest mistake is when you entrust
one person with all the financial duties. Some of these people
have worked at a company for 15 to 20 years. Over that time, trust
has been built up. The business doesn’t think it will be
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in April edition is now an Official Complaint Before the Federal
Trade Commission with a Request for Investigation, Injunction
and Other Relief
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Administrator Charged With Enforcing Data Access Rights Steals
2.3M In Consumer Records from Company
Call it the case of hiring a fox to guard the
hen house. A senior database administrator at a subsidiary of
Fidelity National Information Services Inc. who was responsible
for defining and enforcing data access rights at the company instead
took data belonging to about 2.3 million consumers and sold it
to a data broker.
For More Information
Go To: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArt
Billion Personal Records May Be Compromised By Year End: Organizational
Mismanagement Most Likely Cause, Not Hackers
If Phil Howard's, an assistant professor of communication
at the University of Washington, calculations prove true, by year's
end the 2 billionth personal record -- some American's social-security
or credit-card number, academic grades or medical history -- will
become compromised, and it's corporate America, not rogue hackers,
who are primarily to blame. According to Howard malicious intrusions
by hackers make up a minority (31 percent) of 550 confirmed incidents
between 1980 and 2006; 60 percent were attributable to organizational
mismanagement such as missing or stolen hardware; the balance
of 9 percent was due to unspecified breaches.
Case of Mistaken Identity? News Accounts of Hacker, Consumer,
and Organizational Responsibility for Compromised Digital Records,
1980-2006; A Case of Mistaken Identity? News Accounts of Hacker,
Consumer, and Organizational Responsibility for Compromised Digital
Records, 1980-2006, by Philip N. Howard and Kris Erickson, Journal:
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. Figure 1: Hacker and
Organizational Culpability in Reported Incidents of Compromised
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May State a Claim for Wrongful Termination if Terminated for Reporting
Credible Threats of Violence in the Workplace
The California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate
District, recently ruled that an employee who was terminated for
complaining to his employer’s human resources department
and the local police department about threats of workplace violence
stated a claim for wrongful termination in violation of public
policy. In Franklin v. Monadnock Co., __ Cal. App. 4th __ (May
24, 2007), the appellate court held that the public has a vital
interest in ensuring that employees are provided a workplace that
is free from credible threats of violence and physical assaults.
In order to attain a safe and crime-free workplace, employees
must be free to bring to the employer’s attention illegal
conduct or credible threats of violence without the fear of termination.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS:
States of America
for Professional Background Screeners Mid-Year Conference (NAPBS)
2007 Mid-Year Meeting, September 9 through 11, 2007, Chicago,
Ill, see www.NAPBS.com
HR-XML Global Partnering & Integration Summit, September 26-28,
2007, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Annual Pre-Employment Screeners Conference, November 11 - 14,
2007, Clearwater, Florida
Business Forums International’s
11th Annual Pre-Employment Vetting & Screening Conference,
October 17, 2007, London, England, http://www.bfi.co.uk/event.php?idEv=28
Pre-employment Screening Conference, December 6-7,
2007, Bangalore,India, http://www.search4crime.com/Indiaconference
World Federation of Personnel Management
Associations (WFPMA), World Congress, For Details on
International events by date go to http://www.wfpma.com/dates.html
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