Walks Amongst Us – Making Background Screeners Look Good
The Christina Science Monitor ran an article entitled: "Who
is checking the background checkers?" It cited the case of
John McDonald, an information technology worker in the Boston
area struggling to find a full-time job. Pre-employment background
checks claimed that he had failed to disclose an arrest, used
two aliases, and had never worked for two of his former employers.
All of the claims were false. Mr. McDonald was astounded by the
erroneous reports. But with no job, no money, and unaware of the
legal recourse available to him, he felt powerless. For about
two years, he had all but given up on finding a job. But last
month McDonald contacted the Monitor to say that, thanks to the
help of a kindly background screener, his record is almost completely
exonerated. Vindication came in the form of Mary Poquette, co-chair
of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners
and president of her own firm, Verifications Inc., in Minneapolis.
After reading the Monitor article in which she had also been quoted,
Ms. Poquette contacted McDonald and offered to exonerate his record
free of charge. For More Information go to http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0202/p14s01-wmgn.html
Mary, thank you for a Job well done.
of the world’s top 100 global financial institutions
were victimized by attacks from within their organizations
versus 26% from external sources. This reflects a 14% increase
over the previous year, according to the 2005 Global Security
Survey conducted by Deloitte Touch Tohmatsu.
According to the United States Chamber of Commerce reports
that $50 billion dollars are lost annually due to employee
theft and fraud. The American Management Association and
US Department of Commerce also reported that approximately
30% of all businesses in this country fail due to these
types of crimes.
wholly owned subsidiary of Acxiom Corporation and a pioneer
in the employment screening industry, Acxiom Information
Security Services can offer you its 35 years of experience.
We are committed to accommodating your evolving background
screening needs with the latest technology options and a
fully diligent solution, which helps to ensure you are creating
and maintaining the most consistent, legally insulating
background screening program possible. AISS provides multi-layer,
100% in-person/real time FCRA-compliant reports including,
but not limited to, criminal record checks, credit reports,
and driving records. These services, in combination with
others such as employment, education and professional license
verifications, aid businesses in reducing turnover and shrinkage,
decreasing training costs and increasing productivity while
protecting the integrity of the companies utilizing them.
The proud quality of our service is best reflected through the
caliber of the applicants we produce, as well as the durability
of the relationships we have with our partners.
is a proud member of the National Association of Professional
Background Screeners. AISS is a founding member of the only
association committed to:
and promoting ethical business practices
compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act
awareness of consumer protection, privacy and other issues
related to background screening
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Delivers on Employer Demand, Launches ClearedStars
the nation’s largest military career expo company launches
ClearedStars a security-cleared business unit that will connect
active security clearance job seekers with top employers requiring
cleared talent. CEO Hal Fischer said “. . . employers have
been telling us, . . that they need more candidates with active
security clearances.” Fischer added that with “All
of our expertise in the post-military employment market will transition
flawlessly into the security-cleared hiring event industry,”
said Fischer. “What’s more, we’ve hired a veteran
security clearance recruiter to further develop our practice.”Click
Here for more information www.clearedstars.com,
or call 800-775-1415 x183.
Danger Comes from Within
As noted in
the earlier listed factoids threats from inside the company make
up a significant portion of many businesses' security concerns;
because employees must, by the nature of their jobs, have access
to some confidential information, they pose serious risks of either
deliberate or accidental leakage of proprietary data. Some of
the most serious risks can be reduced by developing a more careful
security-minded hiring system. Many industries are working on
databases that companies can consult to determine whether an employee
has been disciplined or fired before for security-related matters.
However, many insider security problems are not caused by "bad"
employees, but simply by workers who accidentally release information
because they do not have enough knowledge of proper security procedures.
Clearly written policies and a strong security-training program
can help reduce this type of incident. Limiting access to data
based only on whether a given employee needs the data in order
to do his or her job also reduces security breaches; data should
be classified according to its level of security and which employees
need access to it. Encryption and monitoring tools can also be
used to prevent employees from accessing or releasing proprietary
Wall Street Journal (02/13/06) P. R1 ; Totty, Michael
or Be Governed: Personally Identifiable Information, the Law and
By Duana C. Welch, Ph.D.
It is rather ironic that the Federal Government is targeting the
Background Screening industry by the strict application of current
laws, as well as by moving towards stringent, HIPAA-type laws
and sanctions for the protection of personally identifiable information.
These laws apply to any person and entity involved in the CRA
process, and they protect all personally identifiable information--including
that obtained from so-called "public record" sources.
What can you do to protect your business as well as the integrity
of the data you must transmit? Knowing the answers to these questions
can maintain your businesses' viability and prevent legal sanctions
due to illicit distribution of personally identifiable information.
The required Federal Standards for a comprehensive personal data
privacy and security program must be designed to fulfill three
over-arching, essential needs for the protection of personally
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– A GREAT SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE:
RESULTS: Which of the following do you believe will become
the key identifier of applicants in the future?
83.3 % - Fingerprinting ( 5 responses), 16.7% - Retina Scan (1
Since the response rate was very low I am presuming that having
to go to another site negatively impacted the response rate so
I found a new survey tool that can embed the survey in the webzine
making it much more convenient for you to respond.
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND RESPOND TO THE QUESTION SO THAT
WE CAN GUAGE WHAT THE BACKGROUND SCREENING INDUSTRY THINKS
(Would the six people who previously responded please respond
again so that your input will be included in reporting next months
results. Your support is very much appreciated.)
be consecutively ordered beginning with the number one (1). Which
of the following do you believe will become the key identifier
of applicants in the future?
Thank you for
taking the time to answer the question. The results will be posted
in the March edition.
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INSIGHT: 5 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR TRADE SHOW EXHIBIT SUCCESS
A friend of
ours tells a story of his early days in trade show exhibiting.
As the tale goes, he and his partner were exhibiting at their
first show. Their strategy was simple, just take along a few samples
of their products, talk to the attendees and collect business
cards in a fishbowl that was placed on the table at the front
of their booth. Their show drew a large crowd: the fishbowl was
nearly filled with business cards. They went home feeling that
they had completed their mission. They returned to work and contacted
the people who had dropped off business cards. The problem became
here to read the full article on how to boost your success at
your next trade show
AbsoluteHire Forms Partnership with Compli
headquartered in Portland, Ore., has formed a partnership
with AbsoluteHire, of Roseville, Calif., in which the two
companies will integrate AbsoluteHire's applicant-tracking
and pre-employment screening software into the Compli DLMS
system. The product for employment practice and regulatory
compliance for auto dealerships will also feature legal
content and training technology from Prevention Point, the
technology subsidiary of Portland, Ore.-based employment
law firm Fisher & Phillips.
information can be found online at www.AbsoluteHire.com
USMA Theft Database Will Alert Retail Clients to
Employee Theft Data Not Always Available in Criminal Searches
the first time ever, USIS is making its USMA National Retail
Theft Database available to retailers nationwide through
Employment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI). With this
agreement, EBI and its clients gain access to USIS’
exclusive and proprietary USMA National Retail Theft Database
product. The database, which was previously offered solely
by USIS, contains client-contributed incident records of
confirmed employee theft and shoplifting. Through direct
access to this database, EBI’s clients will benefit
from unprecedented access to information key to employee
hiring and loss prevention efforts. The database houses
information relating to theft and fraud (including employee
theft, shoplifting, refund/credit card fraud and the passing
of bad checks). According to the National Retail Security
Survey, as much as 86% of retail theft is not criminally
prosecuted. Retailers gain great value from the database
because they're able to identify many of the individuals
across the country who have admitted to stealing, but who
may not show up in a typical criminal search, often because
their crime was never prosecuted.
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are making the prime location on the landing page
of the Preemployment Screening Directory available
to a limited number of companies to promote their
business (exclusively available to Platinum members).
We will feature your logo with a live link that goes
directly to your web site.
Background Screening Introduces OFAC SDN and USA SecuritySearch
to Automate Employer Compliance with Anti-Terrorism Laws
Background Screening introduced two products designed to help
employers improve workplace security and comply with anti-terrorism
laws. Universal’s OFAC SDN search provides an immediate
query of the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained
by the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). A more expanded
product, USA SecuritySearch™, also includes OFAC plus thirteen
other lists of dangerous individuals.
Additional information can be found online at www.universalbackground.com
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This will give you the first shot at closing them before your
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Checking Comes of Age in Australia
Already a long-established industry in the US, preemployment screening
is taking off in Australia. It used to be a given that job-seekers
embellish their CVs a little, but in these post-9/11, corporate
scandalised days, telling a small fib could have serious career
repercussions. Australian Background, one of this country's first
such companies, finds that most requests for their service comes
from the industrial, public sector and banking and finance industries.
Given that Fraud cost the Australian economy $5.88 billion in
2002, which represents over 18 per cent of the total cost of crime,
according to Dr Russell Smith, principal criminologist at the
Australian Institute of Criminology. “Rates of reporting
fraud are as low as 25 per cent in small businesses and only around
60 per cent in large companies,” he says. Australian Background
recently conducted a survey of 1000 candidates that were background
checked, and found that 21 per cent of them had deceived their
future employer to get the job. The area most commonly lied about
was employment details (dates of employment, positions held, reason
for leaving, etc.), followed by education and criminal record.
The Australian Background survey also found that almost one in
20 candidates had a criminal conviction, and of these, 21 per
cent related to theft, fraud or embezzlement.
IT sector to top $36 billion in '06
Nasscom, the premier
trade body and 'voice' of the IT software and service industry
in India, announced the key findings of the Strategic Review 2006.
Commenting on the key findings of the Strategic Review 2006 findings,
S Ramadorai, Chairman, Nasscom and CEO & MD, TCS, said: "The
Indian IT-ITES sector continues to chart double-digit growth and
is expected to exceed $36 billion in annual revenue in FY06. Out
of this, software and services exports are estimated to grow by
32%, to reach $23.4 billion in FY06. Indian IT-ITES is well on
track to achieve the targets that the industry aspires to achieve
by the end of the decade." Kiran Karnik, president, Nasscom,
said, "2005 offered a steady growth for the industry. Along
with increased presence of Indian IT companies across the globe,
we saw new services lines emerging and the Industry reached the
next level in services offered. Mergers and acquisitions by Indian
players was also a key trend. Inspite of the growth seen so far,
it is estimated that less than 10 percent of the addressable market
for globally sourced IT-ITES has been captured till date, indicating
significant headroom for growth."
SPECIAL INTERNATIONALMARKETING OPPORTUNITIES:
Deliver Your Company Information Directly to Decision
Makers in Europe
We are creating a special CD-ROM that will feature a limited number
of Background Screening firm’s to be distributing in Nice,
France at the ASIS International European Annual Conference and
Business Forum’s International ‘s Employment Vetting
Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is a great opportunity
to have your company information put directly in the hands of
decision makers in Europe and the international community.
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20006 Annual Employment Management Association Conference &
Exposition, March 30-April 1, 2006, Manchester Grand
Hyatt, San Diego, CA – see www.shrm.org/conferences/ema/expo.asp
2006 Annual NAPBS Conference, April 2-5, 2006,
Doubletree Nashville, Nashville, TN – see http://www.napbs.com/calendar/calendar.htm
Business Forums International, 2nd Annual European Pre-Employment
Vetting & Screening Conference - 28 April 2006 –
Copenhagen – see http://www.bfi.co.uk/
Business Forums International, Pre-Employment Vetting
& Screening Conference USA - 11 May 2006 -New York
- see http://www.bfi.co.uk/
SHRM 20006 Annual Conference & Exposition,
June 25 – 28, 2006, Washington, DC Convention Center –
Backfire’ (Cover Story), Richard F. Stolz, Human Resource
Executive, February 2006