Industry Has Lost a Giant – In Memory of Kim Ross
is with great sadness that we announce the death of our colleague
Kim Ross. Kim came to MicroBilt from Merchants Information Solutions
out of Phoenix after relocating to the Atlanta area. She worked
with our Private Label customers and was a Vice President of Sales.
Kim had a passion for serving her customers and was very active
in the background screening industry, serving most recently as
co-chair for the Membership committee for the National Association
of Professional Background Screeners. As one of our top performers,
she set the bar for excellence and earned the respect of all of
us here at MicroBilt.
a dear friend and valued colleague of ours, she will forever be
remembered for herbeautiful smile, laughter, goodness and dedication
to our business.
is survived by her husband Scott Ross.
A memorial service is planned for Thursday, January 17th,
2008 at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, GA, in the
Magnolia room. Visitation will begin at 1:30 followed by
the service at 2:00 p.m. First Baptist Church of Woodstock
is located at 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA 30188, 770-926-4428.
of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cherokee County
Humane Society at www.cchumanesociety.org
or by phone at 770-928-5115.
Message is from the Microbilt Management Team
OF DOMESTIC ABUSERS PROPOSED IN CALIFORNIA
would become the first state in the nation to provide an online
database of domestic violence offenders, under a bill proposed
on January 16. The bill (AB 1771), proposed by Assemblywoman Fiona
Ma, D-San Francisco, would require the Attorney General's Office
to develop an online database that would report the name, date
of birth, county, and date of offenses for individuals convicted
of felony domestic violence. The database also would include those
convicted of multiple counts of misdemeanor domestic violence.
The idea is patterned after the sex offender online databases
created by "Jessica's Law." Victim advocacy groups and
law enforcement officials generally support Ma's bill and believe
greater disclosure could protect potential victims.
For More Information Go To: http://www.mercurynews.com/politics/ci_7995420?nclick_check=1
Utah Department of Workforce Services wants to be sure that children
getting care from family, friends and neighbors are in a safe
environment. The Department of Workforce Services has about 15,000
Utah children whose care is subsidized. About 8,000 are in regulated
facilities. About 6,000 are in unregulated settings, including
an estimated 3,000 getting care from family, friends or neighbors.
The background checks would be required for providers and anyone
age 12 or older where the care is being provided. If they have
lived in Utah at least five years, the check would be a computerized
check. If they have lived in Utah less than five years, they would
have to submit to an FBI criminal background check.
More Information Go To: http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695227845,00.html
Offers Employment Screening 'Best Practices' to Prevent Bias
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) this month
issued a fact sheet on the application of federal anti-discrimination
laws to employer tests and other selection procedures to screen
applicants for hire and employees for promotion.
new technical assistance document is available on the agency's
web site. http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/factemployment_procedures.html
Requires State to Use E-Verify for New Hires
January 8, 2008, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced executive
actions and legislative proposals to counter illegal immigration.
“Legal immigration is an important part of our American
heritage, but we need to do more to combat illegal immigration,”
Pawlenty said. The governor announced four measures to be implemented
through executive action.
More Information Go To: http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=56134
Found Liable For Relying On Inaccurate Information In Public Records
important case decision from the 9th Court of Appeals that is
noteworthy for background checking firms. The case, Dennis v.
BEH-1 and Experian Information Solutions involves an individual
who requested a copy of his credit report. The results indicated
that there was a judgment against him in a civil case. However,
at the time of judgment he entered into a stipulation that allowed
for a "no judgment" so long as he made payments on the
debt that triggered the litigation. Mr. Dennis fulfilled his obligation
so he disputed the results with Experian stating that because
he made the payments, the case shouldn't be considered a judgment
against him. Experian sent a researcher into the court again to
verify the results. The researcher came back and confirmed the
original findings. However, if the researcher would have looked
at the case file, they would have seen the order about the stipulation.
Taking this into account, the appellate court reversed field and
ruled that Experian failed to "maintain reasonable procedures"
to ensure the accuracy of its reports. It wasn't the initial findings
of Experian that led to this decision. It was their failure to
look deeper once the consumer disputed the findings and disclosed
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Screening Named a 2008 NEO Success Award
Corporate Screening (www.CorporateScreening.com), a leading pre-employment
screening and background investigations firm, has been named a
2008 NEO Success Award winner. Created in 1994 by Inside Business
Magazine, the NEO Success Awards celebrate the top performing
companies in Northeast Ohio based on profit, sales growth and
employee growth. “Sustained, controlled growth is a hallmark
of our company,” said Corporate Screening General Manager
Greg Dubecky. “We achieve our success by continuously improving
the services we provide to our clients and by employing the best
people in our field.” The NEO Success Awards recognize business
achievement in three company categories: Public, private and emerging
(companies that are 10 years old or younger). Inside Business
created the “NEO” to showcase the breadth and depth
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2008 NEO Success Award winners will be featured in the March,
2008 issue of Inside Business and will be recognized during a
luncheon at Executive Caterers-Landerhaven in Cleveland on Tuesday,
More Information Go To: www.Corporatescreening.com
Person Inc. adds Cisco head HR officer to board
Person Inc., a leading provider of background screening services,
announces the addition of Brian Schipper, senior vice president
of human resources for Cisco Systems Inc., to its board of directors.
more information visit: http://www.verifiedperson.com/
Background Screening Announces Management Team Promotions
to Ryan Krostue who has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer
of Universal Background Screening, Inc. Also announced were the
promotions of Nancy Hyttel to Senior Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer, and Alaine Edwards to Vice President of Operations
More Information Go To: http://www.universalbackground.com
and iCIMS Announce Enhancements to Strategic Alliancei
a leading provider of web-based Talent Management Solutions, and
Background Screening Industry innovator Employment Background
Investigations, Inc. (EBI) has announced the availability of an
enhanced interface between their best-in-breed recruitment automation
technologies. Since 2005, the alliance has allowed users of iCIMS’
iRecruiterTM Talent Platform to utilize EBI's full spectrum of
award winning background screening, drug testing and occupational
health care solutions through the interface of the two software
platforms. Today’s developments takes this automation to
the next level through a bi-directional interface which now returns
results back into the user’s iRecruiter database. The interface
enhancements are designed to help HR professionals become even
more efficient in evaluating candidates and more competitive in
their race to introduce new talent to their organization. The
bi-directional capabilities now available, coupled with EBI’s
express return on screening data will further reduce the time
it takes recruiters and hiring authorities to complete these crucial
stages of evaluation, ultimately reducing a corporation’s
overall time-to-fill metric.
Information Go To: www.ebiinc.com
and Edge Information Management Provide Integrated ATS and Pre-Employment
nowHIRE.com, the premier provider of applicant tracking and hiring
management systems, and Edge Information Management, Inc., a prominent
provider in background checks and drug screening services, announced
they are providing integrated applicant tracking and pre-employment
services to numerous industries nationwide. "As we continue
to enhance our services to meet our customer and prospect expectations,
we recognize nowHIRE as a valuable partner," said Joe Langford,
president and chief.
Up on Your Past
It probably shouldn’t be surprising in the year of the Virginia
Tech murders and the scandal over the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology admissions dean who
didn’t have the degrees she claimed. More colleges are
starting or considering policies to require background checks
on potential employees. At the annual meeting last week of the
College and University Professional Association for Human Resources,
sessions on background checks were attracting strong interest
— with one so packed that people were sitting on the floor
and in the hallway. Several companies that specialize in background
checks for the business worldwere at the meeting as exhibitors
for the first time, saying that they were seeing significant increases
in inquiries and contracts from colleges. At least one company
was created recently to focus on background checks in academe
and one of its special features is that in addition to checking
databases of criminal records and sexual offenses, it will check
blogs and Internet discussion groups for material that may concern
a hiring committee.
More Information Go To: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/11/12/background
Abuse In Churches Addressed
200 people from dozens of churches gathered at Southaven Baptist
for an unfortunate yet vitally important purpose: to learn how
to safeguard children from sexual misconduct. Sponsored by GuideOne
Insurance, a popular church insurance provider, and in cooperation
with the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) and the Southern Missouri
District Council of the Assemblies of God, the “Safeguarding
the Faithful” conference was led by Merritt and Springfield
Attorney Richard Hammar. “You cannot be careful enough as
you select your personnel, paid or volunteer,” Merritt said.
“It can seem very tasteless to ask someone who has supposedly
dedicated their life to serving God to submit a criminal background
check, but folks, that’s where we are. There are examples
over and over again of churches that hire someone and take them
at face value. Some of the most charming and personable people
in the world are child molesters.”
More Information Go To: http://erlc.com/article/sex-abuse-in-churches-addressed
THEFT AND DATA PROTECTION
Numbers Of Data Theft Occurred In '07, Groups Report
The loss or theft of personal data such as credit card and Social
Security numbers soared to unprecedented levels in 2007, and the
trend isn't expected to turn around anytime soon as hackers stay
a step ahead of security and laptops disappear with sensitive
information. While companies, government agencies, schools and
other institutions are spending more to protect data with more
sophisticated firewalls and encryption, theinvestment often is
too little, too late. Foley's group lists more than 79 million
records reported compromised in the United States through Dec.
18. That's a nearly fourfold increase from the nearly 20 million
records reported in all of 2006. Another group, Attrition.org,
estimates that more than 162 million records were compromised
through Dec. 21 - both in the United States and overseas, unlike
the other group's U.S.-only list.
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Will Pay $50,000 Penalty for Tossing Consumers’ Credit Report
Information in Unsecured Dumpster
company that left loan documents with consumers’ sensitive
personal and financial information in and around an unsecured
dumpster has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges
that it violated federal regulations. The FTC’s complaint
alleges that Northbrook, Illinois-based American United Mortgage
Company violated the Disposal, Safeguards, and Privacy rules by
failing to properly dispose of credit reports or information taken
from credit reports, failing to develop or implement reasonable
safeguards to protect customer information, and not providing
customers with privacy notices. “Every business, whether
large or small, must take reasonable and appropriate measures
to protect sensitive consumer information, from acquisition to
disposal,” FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras said. “This
agency will continue to prosecute companies that fail to fulfill
their legal responsibility to protect consumers’ personal
More Information Go To: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2007/12/aumort.shtm
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Marijuana Held Not To Be Defense Against Employers Taking Adverse
Action in Hiring
The initial Decision
in Ross, published subsequent to the U.S. Supreme Court Decision
Gonzales v. Raich, held that employers were not required to hire
an applicant that tests verified positive on a pre-employment
drug test but provides a medical marijuana explanation for the
positive laboratory test result. The lower court's Decision was
upheld on appeal to the California Court of Appeal. The Court
of Appeal held that employers have legitimate interests in not
employing persons who use illegal drugs. The Court of Appeal further
held that such use had resulted in, among other things, increased
absenteeism from work, diminished productivity, greater health
costs, and increased problems with respect to safety in the workplace.
132 Cal. App. 4th 590, September 7, 2005. Ross v. Ragingwire Telecommunications,
Inc. was thereafter appealed to the California Supreme Court,
was argued to the Court on November 6, 2007 and decided on January
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To Verify The Credentials Of Domestic Help
- Employers in Kanpur are becoming targets of innovative yet devious
designs of their domestic help to rob them. Ready to make money
by hook or by crook, they are resorting to poisoned massage oils,
fatal drug injections for fruits and cigarettes which emit poisonous
smoke to rob their employers! Businessman Raman Patel narrates
tales of how domestic help have easy access to cigarettes that
emit poisonous smoke, making the inmates of the house unconscious.
"Thus, it becomes a cakewalk to loot them. The trick works
because, though you might be trying to keep an eye on the suspicious
activities of your domestic help, you obviously cannot avoid inhaling
the smoke!" he says. Here's what DIG Police, Mukul Goel has
to say about the issue: "I would suggest that employers do
a thorough investigation of a person's background before appointing
him or her at work. The police department makes investigations
regarding domestic help if his/her picture and address is provided.
This procedure is neither tedious nor expensive and can be done
for a mere Rs 20! It is very important to verify the credentials
of the person you are employing in your house and make sure that
he is not a member of any criminal gang."
For More Information Go To: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1196062.cms
Crime In India On Rise
New Delhi: With corporate crime on the rise, here's an emerging
trend that India Inc is not particularly keen to talk about; white
collar crime. The Ernst and Young global fraud survey finds that
the threat from within is worrying corporates to death.There is
a sudden spurt of cases of employees accused of fudging account
books or cheating customers. The Ernst and Young fraud survey
finds that corporate India is experiencing a wave of white-collar
crime like never before. Close to half the respondents have said
that corporate crime is up substantially and 24 per cent felt
it was at an alarming level. And the threat is mostly from within.
36 per cent of the respondents said that internal fraud in collusion
with a third party was the greatest risk to their companies.
For More Information Go To: http://in.news.yahoo.com/060823/211/66w9m.html
To Prepare Employee Database To Counter Attrition
Facing huge productive manpower crunch in a labour-intensive industry,
BPO companies are now pinning their hope on the education system
which could produce productive manpower. Nevertheless, considering
the fact that attrition in the industry has been worsening and
hitting the sector adversely, key players have chalked out a plan
to get the background investigations done of all employees and
thereby creating a data bank for reference for the employers.
Giving details of the initiative, Business Process Industry Association
of India (BPIAI) president Samir Chopra said that they are going
to hire an investigation’s company to carry out this task.
"It’s unacceptable to the industry that people who
join companies desert them within few weeks. Then the companies,
which have invested so much into the training, lose the man and
also the investment for no fault of theirs. We intend to stop
this by initiating this step," Chopra added.
More Information Go To: http://www.Timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Business/India_Business/
Checking On Foreigners
– Thai: Police are making background checks on more than
1,000 foreigners, mainly teachers, working in Thailand after a
spate of arrests for alleged child sex abuse, a senior officer
said yesterday. ''It shouldn't be enough to wear white shirts
and have a university degree. We need to know their backgrounds,''
said Pol Col Apichart Suribunya, head of the liaison office for
Interpol. Police would seek records of any convictions in home
countries and from Thai immigration police before foreigners were
hired as teachers. ''We are scrutinising more than 1,000 foreign
teachers working in Thailand,'' he said. ''Until now, educational
institutions would only look at their academic qualifications,
but that is not enough.''
More Information Go To: http://teakdoor.com/thailand-and-asia-news/20647-thai-police-checking-foreigners-mainly-teachers.html
To Check Immigrant Security Guards
- Thousands of immigrants licensed by the British government to
work as security guards will soon face more stringent background
checks.Government ministers ordered the increased security checks
after learning the Security Industry Authority did not determine
whether those individuals were entitled to work inside Britain's
borders, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
More Information Go To: http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/11/11/britain_to_check_immigrant_security_guards/9641/
For Criminal Records Checks Are Frozen Again
for criminal record checks have been frozen for the second year
running. The Criminal Records Bureau, CRB, is able to freeze its
fees as a direct result of year-on-year efficiency savings and
increasing demand for its service. Over the last 12 months, the
CRB has made significant improvements to its service delivery
and has continued to make internal efficiency savings to keep
the cost of a Disclosure to a minimum.
More Information Go To: http://www.crb.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=4959
Kingdom Police Association Calls For Domestic Violence Register
Kingdom -- Men and women who abuse their partners should be identified
on a domestic violence register, the Association of Chief Police
Officers (ACPO) said on January 22nd. Chief Constable Brian Moore,
ACPO's spokesman on domestic violence, said dozens of lives could
be saved if the perpetrators of domestic violence were tracked
in the same way as sex offenders. He told MPs that, while the
charity Victim Support helped more than 400,000 victims of domestic
violence a year, research indicated that the true level of abuse
amounted to a "huge" 13m incidents a year. In 2006-07,
142 people were killed in domestic violence attacks - including
More Information Go To: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2245048,00.html
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United Kingdom’s Financial Services and Markets Act 2000
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Market Flashing Recession
unemployment rate jumped up to 5% last month, and non-government
payrolls fell by 13,000, in a far weaker job report than was expected,
according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report on the labor
market for December 2007. Total payrolls rose by 18,000 the weakest
month for job growth since August 2003, the last month of the
jobless recovery. Though one month of particularly weak jobs data
does not necessarily signal a new, negative trend, a broad set
of indicators throughout today's report suggest the weakening
economy has finally reached the job market:
More Information Go To: http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/webfeatures_econindicators_jobspict_20080104
2008 Employment Expected To Remain Steady
U.S. employers are reporting that
they plan to maintain a steady hiring pace during the first quarter
of 2008, according to the seasonally adjusted results of the latest
Employment Outlook Survey released by Manpower Inc.
“Our survey data suggests it will be a solid start to the
year when it comes to hiring in the United States,” said
Jeffrey A. Joerres, chairman and CEO of Manpower Inc., in a prepared
statement. “Overall, employers anticipate only marginal
changes compared to three months ago, with the brightest job prospects
reported by employers in the mining and services sectors. On the
other hand, finding job opportunities in the construction and
education sectors is expected to be more challenging for job seekers.”
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