Today Releases The Top Outsourced Screening Services Provider
contrast to past years ‘Bakers’ Dozen’ this
year HRO Today selected their ranking of the top background screening
firms based on the input of buyers about their outsourcing experience.
As a result, valid customer data were available for only 11 large
providers in the marketplace, which may be an indicator of the
fragmented nature of the screening services industry. While there
are hundreds of vendors that provide employment screening services,
most produce less than $500,000 in revenues. And among larger
vendors, their ranks are shrinking through mergers and acquisitions.
It was also noteworthy that HRO Today changed their terminology
to refer to background screening firms as ‘Outsourced Screening
Services,’ most likely to closer align it to outsourcing
which after all is their focus. Lastly, in reading the article
on their website it had much more of a marketing flavor to it
then I recall previous releases of the ‘Bakers Dozen.’
Read The Full Article and To View the Full Rankings Go To: http://www.hrotoday.com/magazine.asp?artID=2222
Department of Commerce Exploring Imposing Fees for U.S.-European
Union Safe Harbor Framework
success of a U.S. personnel data transfer security program designed
to meet European Union (EU) standards is causing the United States
to impose fees to use the program. In 2000, the EU approved the
U.S. Safe Harbor Framework as meeting the standards of the data
protection directive, and six U.S. companies joined the framework.
There are now at least 1,700 U.S. companies participating, according
to the U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA), which administers
the program. Along with simple participation in the Safe Harbor
Framework, U.S. companies are requesting Safe Harbor-related services,
including education, outreach and counseling, the ITA says. Because
of the growth in both the Safe Harbor Framework and in program
requests, the ITA proposes establishing a two-tiered fee structure
in which new clients are required to pay a $200 registration fee
and existing clients would pay $100 per year to renew their Safe
Harbor “certification commitment.”
More Information Go To: http://www.export.gov/safeHarbor/
Texas Offenders Re-offend after Getting Records Sealed
than 1,500 Texas offenders who had their records sealed from public
view were charged with new crimes in the past two years. And about
10 percent of their 2,300 alleged new offenses were violent, including
a handful of killings and sexual assaults. "Wow, that's a
pretty high level of recidivism for a category that the Legislature
was claiming were rehabilitated and not a danger to society anymore,"
said Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley. "I'm
surprised that there are so many violent crimes." The statistics,
obtained by The Dallas Morning News from the Department of Public
Safety under state public-information law, offer the first glimpse
of behavior in the "free world" by 14,000 people who
invoked a 2003 law to have their records sealed. It also raises
tricky questions about whether society, wielding an eraser or
a court seal, can help give first time offenders a fresh start
without impeding law enforcement and perhaps creating safety risks.
Read More Go To: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/121508dntswadjudication.3e18130.html
Finds Sex Offender Registries Often Inaccurate
to a new report, 22 percent of state-level offenders have incomplete
records, making it hard for agencies to locate them. Sex offender
registries are often inaccurate and incomplete, undermining public
knowledge about some of the nation's most reviled criminals, Justice
Department investigators warn. The national sex registry is missing
information on 22 percent of state-level sex offenders, the federal
investigators found. Driver's license information, Social Security
numbers and basic addresses are regularly absent, potentially
leaving neighbors and police alike in the dark. "As a result,
members of the public will not have the information they need
to assess the threat posed by sex offenders in their communities,"
the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General cautioned.
Multiple registries have sprung up since the mid-1990s. The FBI
maintains the National Sex Offenders Registry, and all 50 states
maintain their own registries, although investigators found that
some state registries aren't yet compatible with the national
FBI registry. Some state files were rejected because they lacked
information that the national database requires.
More Information Go To: http://www.idahostatesman.com/localnews/story/605295.html
York Law Limits Use And Disclosure Of Employees’ Personal
York has become the latest state to join the growing trend of
states passing laws aimed at protecting personal information.
With the passage of Senate Bill 8376 ("SB 8376"), New
York has opted to push for broader protections for employees by
requiring employers to take affirmative steps to safeguard a broad
range of personal identifying information including Social Security
numbers. Beginning on January 3, 2009, SB 8376 will amend Section
203-d of the New York Labor Laws to require employers to prevent
unlawful disclosures of employee "personal identifying information."1
The personal identifying information may not be posted, displayed,
or otherwise communicated to the general public.2
New York's statute takes a markedly inclusive approach to employee
privacy protection by covering a broad class of personal identifying
information, where many comparable state statutes only restrict
the use and disclosure of employees' SSNs.4
More Information and To Read the Full Articles Go To: http://www.mofo.com/news/updates/bulletins/14964.html
Extends Effective Date for Compliance with Data Security Regulations
to the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR),
the effective date for compliance with Massachusetts’ data
privacy and security regulations has been extended generally to
May 1, 2009. Under the extension, businesses will have until January
1, 2010, to obtain certification from vendors concerning their
compliance with the regulations and to encrypt portable devices
other than laptops. Even with the extended deadlines, the regulations
create a number of new requirements for businesses that will take
time to implement, such as the risk assessment, policy preparation
and training requirements.
More Information Go To: http://www.jacksonlewis.com/legalupdates/article.cfm?aid=1566
York Obligates Employers To Post And Disclose Laws Prohibiting
Discrimination Based On Criminal Convictions
long been a public policy of the State of New York to prohibit
"unfair discrimination against persons previously convicted
of one or more criminal offenses."1 To help facilitate the
reintegration of convicted criminals into the workforce, the state
enacted laws requiring employers to review the person's background
when making hiring decisions. The legislature recently concluded
that employers are not sufficiently aware of these laws and instead
frequently impose "blanket barriers to employment based solely
on criminal conviction records."2 To ensure the public is
well informed about the laws governing discrimination in employment
based on a criminal record, effective February 1, 2009, employers
will be required to provide notice in the following three ways:
More Information Go To: http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=71138&email_access=on
Honored for 4TH Year as One of Northeast Ohio's 100 Fastest Growing
to Platinum Member employeescreenIQ for being named a 2008 Weatherhead
100 Award Winner as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in
Northeast Ohio. Lee Jordan announced the rankings of the 100 companies
receiving this prestigious award and employeescreenIQ was proud
to be honored for the fourth consecutive year.
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and FRASCO team up for insurance industry investigations
one of the largest insurance investigation corporations in the
U.S., and USIS, the largest supplier of investigative services
for the federal government, today announced a strategic partnership
to provide end-to-end investigative services and expertise to
the insurance, third-party administrator, and self-insured industries.
Under the terms of the FRASCO-USIS agreement, FRASCO’s state-of-the-art
technology platform, field investigation workforce, and Special
Investigations Unit services, combined with USIS’ national
footprint of approximately 3,000 highly trained and fully vetted
investigators, will provide clients with in-depth, comprehensive,
and high quality investigations. Due in large part to this nationwide,
professional force of investigators, clients will also experience
a consistent, end-to-end process.
More Information Go To: http://www.usis.com/news/2008_12_15_FRASCO_USIS_Partnership.aspx
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Relaunches Service to Expedite Process of Expunging Criminal Records
for Millions of Americans
the leading Web-based company dedicated to offering criminal record
relief services, today unveiled a newly redesigned and highly
automated Website that enables customers to rapidly and easily
begin the process to expunge, seal or otherwise set aside prior
convictions or arrests from their records and thereby get a fresh
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Makes Five Recommendations to Reduce Role of SSNs in Identity
The Federal Trade Commission
has issued a report recommending five measures to help prevent
Social Security numbers from being used for identity theft. Principal
among the report’s recommendations is that Congress consider
taking action to strengthen the procedures that private-sector
organizations use to authenticate their customers’ identities.
“Identity theft continues to be a major problem in this
country, with victims numbering in the millions each year and
out-of-pocket losses (primarily to businesses) in the billions
of dollars,” the report states.
To Read More
Go To: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/12/ssnreport.shtm
Employment Outlook Survey Reveals Majority of U.S. Employers Holding
Staff Steady for Q1 2009
U.S. employers are
proceeding with caution when considering hiring for Quarter 1
2009, according to the results of the latest Manpower Employment
Outlook Survey conducted quarterly by Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN).
"A significant percentage -- 67% -- of employers plan to
hold staff levels steady for the first quarter of 2009,"
said Jeffrey A. Joerres, Chairman and CEO of Manpower Inc. Of
the 31,800 employers surveyed, 16% anticipate an increase in their
staff levels during Quarter 1 2009, while 13% expect a reduction
in their payrolls, resulting in a Net Employment Outlook of 3%.
Sixty-seven percent of employers surveyed expect no change and
5% are undecided about their January - March hiring plans. The
percentage totals exceed 100% due to rounding.
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For November 2008
unemployment rate rose from 6.5 to 6.7 percent in November and
was up 2.0 percentage points from a year earlier.
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Find in Tight Economy, Biggest Threat Comes From Within
fraud and lax inventory controls, not decreased sales, could be
the biggest threat to businesses in today's economy. A new survey,
by the Institute for Corporate Productivity, of 392 companies
of varying size and industries finds that 31 percent of employers
state that internal crime, including theft and fraud, has risen
as employees are pinched by the recession. Employers are focused
on ways to increase sales in the front of the house, while adding
security and inventory audit controls to the back of the house.
The cost of ineffective inventory controls and internal fraud
can have a significant impact on businesses' bottom line. U.S.
companies lost $2.4 million on average to fraud in 2007, according
to PricewaterhouseCoopers' biannual survey of 5,400 global companies
of all sizes.
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Report: Small Businesses Bear The Brunt of Rising Fraud
cost of fraud is going up, and small businesses continue
to shoulder a disproportionateshare of the load, according
to the 2008 Report to the Nation on OccupationalFraud &
Abuse by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Small businesses (defined as having fewer than 100 employees)
experienced the largest median loss: $200,000. The latest
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businesses lose 7% of theirannual revenues, or $994 billion
total, to fraud. That’s a sizable increase from the
estimated 5%,or $652 billion, in fraud losses reported in
the 2006 survey.
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Businesses Push for Security
-- Four days after gunmen struck Mumbai, prominent business leaders
met in the distant southern Indian city of Bangalore to vent their
ire. The leaders, from India's biggest technology, software and
biotechnology companies, said the attacks on the nation's business
hub would shatter investor confidence in the Indian economy, participants
recalled. They demanded that the government provide them with
automatic weapons, grenades and military support to safeguard
their facilities. "We feel vulnerable; we are the soft targets
for terrorists. In Mumbai, they attacked the heart of our economy"
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chief executive of the biotech company Biocon,
said in an interview. "We have to be prepared. It is a wake-up
call for the business community in India." In the wake of
the Mumbai attacks, the new mantra in the weekly meetings of several
companies is "security preparedness," and foreign clients
are insisting that they subject their facilities to thorough searches,
screen employees and vendors and beef up safety drills.
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Departing Employees Walk Off With Your Data
After the farewell
lunch is over, the desk is cleared and an employee has departed,
some organisations find themselves in an awkward position. They
wonder if sensitive competitive information might have been compromised.
Incidences of data theft by departing employees are on the rise
for companies across many industries. In Singapore, 23% of firms
have experienced at least one incident of fraud during the surveyed
time period. A noteworthy example occurred as recently as last
January when seven former employees of a global financial institution
were hauled to court to face a total of 1,223 charges involving
the theft of client information. The majority of the files were
sent by the ex-employees to their personal email addresses the
day before they resigned from the company en route to joining
a rival bank. Overall the financial impact of fraud in Singapore
has tripled since 2004 from S$1.4 million in 2004 to approximately
S$4.4 in 2007. As the global economic climate chills, it is an
unfortunate reality that increasing numbers of staff will find
themselves surplus to their employer's requirements. As staff
turnover accelerates, organisations should not take lightly the
increasing potential for confidential data loss. A comprehensive
and robust fraud risk management framework is required to guard
against the theft of sensitive data.
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Africa Revises The Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 To Include Expungement
of Criminal Records
Amendment provides for the postponement of certain criminal proceedings
against an accused person in custody awaiting trial through audiovisual
link or audio link; to provide for the expungement of criminal
records of certain persons in respect of whom certain sentences
have been imposed after the compliance with certain requirements
and the expiry of a fixed period.
More Information Or To Read the Full Amendment Go To: http://llnw.creamermedia.co.za/articles/attachments/18379_b42d-08.pdf
Fraud Committed By One In Five Staff
of employees admit they have committed fraud against their employer,
and more claim they are justified in the lead up to Christmas,
a survey has found. Research by employee expenses service provider
GlobalExpense found 20% of staff admit to having exaggerated expense
claims, while one in 10 said it was likely they would do it again
due to economic difficulties during the festive season. It is
estimated that nearly four million UK employees can claim expenses,
with the average amount added to an expense claim around £14.
Fraud: The Enemy Within
half (48%) of the companies surveyed in a recent survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers
reportedbeing victims of fraud. The average direct cost of this
economic crime is £1.75 billion. This does nothowever include
the other hidden costs such as the costs of trying to prevent
fraud before the event, and the costs of responding to fraud,
such as the loss of management time.
More Information Go To: http://www.managers.org.uk/client_files/Fraud%20Final%20single%20pages.pdf
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As the economy contracts, many businesses,
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