Kress Employment Services -2007 Background Screening Trends
in July 2007, the “Background Screening Trends” survey
includes online responses from 277 HR professionals and executives
who interact with the background screening process regularly.
- More information
leads to better hiring decisions
background screens yield better employees
- The intricacies
of the laws affecting background screening are not fully understood
the survey revealed an important change in the selection criteria
HR Professionals are using to select background screening provides:
value three components of the background screening process: accuracy,
turnaround times and customer service. This is a significant change
from the past, when the primary selection criterion was cost.
This is evidence of a maturation of the background screening industry
in that HR providers are evaluating quality. Accuracy, turnaround
times and customer service are the top selection criteria for
respondents from all company sizes, selected by 90.6 percent,
87.4 percent and 69.3 percent, respectively.
was ranked as the single most important criterion by 64.8 percent
of respondents, and 94.2 percent of respondents completely agree
that the accuracy of each screen is important. Respondents also
indicated that accuracy is worth the time it takes; 77.3 percent
of respondents said they believe further research is necessary
to locate complete and accurate information in case of a discrepancy.
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Crime Reports Up 1.9 Percent In 2006: New FBI Data
Violent crime reports in the U.S.
increased 1.9 percent last year compared with 2005, the FBI reported
today. The rise was greater than that reported in the FBI's preliminary
report for last year issued in June, which gave the figure as
1.3 percent. The new volume includes data from more law enforcement
agencies. While the rate of violent crime-473.5 per 100,000 inhabitants-rose
for the second straight year, it is the third lowest total in
the past two decades. Property crimes rates dropped to their lowest
level since 1987.
The FBI report showed murders up
1.8 percent, from 16,740 to 17,034. The preliminary report had
murders up .3 percent from 2005. Robbery reports jumped 7.2 percent,
from 417,438 to 447,403. Property crimes were down 1.9 percent.
Of specific property crimes, motor vehicle thefts dropped 3.5
percent and larcenies 2.6 percent but burglaries increased 1.3
percent. The full data report can be accessed on the FBI's Web
More Information Go To: http://www.fbi.gov/page2/sept07/cius092407.htm
Scientists Sue Federal Government and Caltech for NASA's Background
his four decades at the California Institute of Technology's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, Dennis Byrnes worked on the Apollo
7 spacecraft, set the Galileo probe on a course to Jupiter and
received a NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Award. But
because Byrnes won't let federal investigators snoop into intimate
details of his personal life, he could lose his job. Byrnes is
one of 28 Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) senior scientists and engineers
who today sued NASA, the Department of Commerce and CalTech over
background checks required of all federal employees by the Department
of Homeland Security. "We're talking about the best and brightest
scientists in the world. We're talking about jet propulsion, the
Mars probe, the lunar landing, Galileo, the comet landing project,"
said Dan Stormer of Hadsell & Stormer, the civil rights law
firm representing the scientists. "And they're being asked
to give up their constitutional rights in order to keep their
jobs." At issue is Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12,
issued in 2004 but only recently implemented by NASA. It requires
all federal employees to sign a broad privacy waiver before being
approved for government work.
More Information Go To: http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/08/jpl-scientists-.html
Magazine Ranks Alliant Diagnostics as One of the Fastest Growing
Companies in America
RATON, FL--Alliant Diagnostics, Inc., a rapidly growing provider
of hiring management services, announced today that Inc. Magazine
has ranked Alliant Diagnostics number 864 in the Inc. 5000 Fastest
Growing Private Companies in America. Additionally, Alliant Diagnostics
was ranked number 20 in the Top Companies in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami
Beach, FL geographic area, number 55 in the Top Companies in Human
Resources, and number 89 in the Top 100 Companies intending to
go public or that have gone public since Dec. 31, 2006. Alliant
Diagnostics, which has grown nearly 400% in the last three years,
continues to expand its client base through its success in adapting
hiring and risk management solutions to the Human Resources market.
"We are proud to be recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of
the fastest growing companies in America. Our success is directly
linked to our ability to provide a level of service, flexibility,
innovation, expertise, and new product development not typically
found at traditional pre-employment screening companies. Our strategic
approach to hiring solutions has resulted in programs that consistently
deliver proven results for clients," said Jesse Berger, Chief
More Information Go To: www.AlliantDiagnostics.com
Testing Systems, Inc. Ranked Number 28 in Deloitte's Technology
Fast 50 Program for New York
Testing Systems, Inc., a leading provider of employment screening
services, announced it has been named to Deloitte's prestigious
Technology Fast 50 Program for New York, a ranking of the 50 fastest
growing technology, media, telecommunications, and life sciences
companies in the area by Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, one of
the nation's leading professional services organizations. Rankings
are based on the percentage revenue growth over five years from
CEO, William Greenblatt, credits commitment to excellence and
unwavering focus as drivers for the company's 442% revenue growth
from 2002–2006. Greenblatt is passionate about helping organizations
create a safer workplace environment by supplying better information
through innovative technologies.
More Information Go To: http://www.sterlingtesting.com/News/Press.aspx?prId=43
Transforms Background Information Reports With Clearstar.Net Interactive
ClearStar.net, a leading information
services provider for the background, employment and tenant screening
industry, announced today the release of ClearStar.net Interactive
Reporting.™ The new report framework makes the interpretation
of complex information easy and formats results to meet the specific
needs of the client. "Now we can accept supplier data in
any format and present it in a consistent and easy to interpret
report that is driven by customer specific business logic,"
explained Ken Dawson, CIO of ClearStar.net. "By turning the
report into a business tool, we have taken the next step in driving
more value from the raw data by making it an active participant
in the report instead of just words on the page." The framework
also provides greater flexibility in the presentation of complex
data by allowing advanced formatting features including columns,
tables, fonts and incorporation of graphic images as well as page
and report headers and footers. "Clearly communicating background
information has been difficult because the information in reports
comes in various formats and structures that are not always consistent
or compatible," continued Dawson. "For this release
we focused entirely on improving the customer experience and are
pleased to unveil a fully indexable, highly customizable and completely
intuitive report." "With report generation now in excess
of 1 million per month, ClearStar.net is playing a critical role
in delivering background information for thousands of organizations,"
concluded R.J. Vale, CEO of ClearStar.net. "Creating this
more robust report engine is central to our strategy for meeting
the dynamic growth of our client’s business by providing
them with reliable solutions that help put their customer first."
For More Information Go To: http://www.clearstar.net/ClearStarInteractiveReporting.pdf
Inc. and Employment Background Investigations, Inc. Partner to
Integrate Pre-employment Verification in Candidate Screening and
Human Resource Management Center,
Inc. (HRMC), a pioneer in applying cutting-edge technology to
talent acquisition, today announces a partnership with Employment
Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI), an industry leading provider
of global background screening, drug testing, and occupational
healthcare solutions, to integrate a pre-employment verification
process in HRMC’s automated candidate screening and assessment
platform. EBI’s technology extends the functionality of
HRMC Acclaim,SM a comprehensive Web and IVR-enabled screening
and assessment solution, by adding background checks and drug
test reporting as the final phase of the hiring process for qualified
candidates. “This partnership offers a holistic approach
to candidate recruiting and screening while delivering component-based
services, such as background checks and competency assessments,
that improve the reliability and quality of candidates,”
says Rick Kurland, President and CEO of EBI. “It has becoming
increasingly important for employers to screen new hires to ensure
that they are individuals of character and dependability. We are
pleased to be able to partner with HRMC and offer a secure best-of-breed
solution that identifies, assesses, and validates the quality
and integrity of potential employees.”
More Information Go To: http://www.ebiinc.com/pdf/hrmc_release_9_07.pdf
Passed That Would Create A State Registry Of Emergency Medical
Technicians Awaits Governors’ Signature
would create a state registry of emergency medical technicians
and rules on checking for criminal activity in their pasts. Ambulance
and fire department medics disciplined for patient care problems
and other wrongdoing would be tracked across the state and not
be allowed to float unhindered from one jurisdiction to another
under a last-minute bill that was passed late Tuesday by the California
Legislature. The measure would close two major loopholes in the
oversight of the state's estimated 70,000 emergency medical technicians,
or EMTs. It would establish a centralized registry for EMTs, through
which hundreds of fire departments and ambulance companies across
the state could determine whether an employee had had a previous
medical-care or disciplinary problem. And for the first time,
all prospective rescuers would be required to undergo FBI and
California law enforcement background checks before being hired
by a fire department or private ambulance company. California
is the only state in the nation that has no uniform registry for
EMTs or statewide requirements for criminal background checks.
Rescuers disciplined or fired in one jurisdiction have been able
to get jobs in others, with their new employers unaware of their
previous problems. The bill is being sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's
office. His press office said Wednesday that the governor has
not decided whether he will sign the measure.
For More Information
Go To: http://www.latimes
Care Company Sued For Negligent Hiring and Not Conducting Background
T-L-C Caregivers, a Pensacola-based
personal care company owned by state Sen. Don Gaetz, his wife
and a third person, is being sued by a man who alleges he was
sexually molested by a caregiver. Jeremy Empie, who has had cerebral
palsy since birth and has little use of his arms or legs, alleges
that former employee Kelly Campbell fondled him in December 2004
while assisting him in the restroom of his home. Empie's attorney,
Todd Ladouceur, claims that Campbell had served four years for
aggravated battery in a Louisiana prison prior to applying for
the caregiver's job. He also alleges that Campbell made it clear
to the people at T-L-C that he was a convicted felon. "There
are multiple statutes that protect people with developmental disabilities,"
Ladouceur said. "There's a whole list of convictions that
disqualify you from doing this type of (caregiver) work. Aggravated
battery is one of those." Ladouceur also contends that companies
like T-L-C are required to conduct state and national background
checks before hiring anyone. The full FDLE background check was
not completed before Campbell was hired, Moore said.
For More Information Go To: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/article/7588
New Foster Care Bill Includes
Stringent Background Checks
Tom Niehaus recently introduced Senate Bill 163, a foster care
reform bill spurred by an incident in Clermont County OH —
the Marcus Fiesel case.
The 3-year-old boy’s foster
parents bound him, tied him up and locked him in a closet where
he died while they went to a family reunion in Kentucky for the
weekend. The bill provides some requirements for additional background
checks for foster parents. This would include a Bureau of Criminal
Investigation and Identification background check and other additional
checks that are required.
According SB 163, in part, the list
of offenses that disqualify a person from providing out-of-home
care, being certified as a foster parent, or being approved as
an adoptive parent will be expanded to include the following:
cruelty to animals, permitting child abuse, menacing by stalking,
menacing, soliciting or providing support for act of terrorism,
making terrorist threats, terrorism, identity fraud, inciting
to violence, aggravated riot, ethnic intimidation, or two or more
state OVI or state OVUAC violations committed or substantially
equivalent offenses within the three years immediately preceding
the submission of the person's application. It also allows a public
children services agency to access the otherwise confidential
criminal records checks for prospective out-of-home care providers,
foster caregivers, or adoptive parents.
For More Information Go To: http://www.irontontribune.com/articles/2007/09/17/news/news374.txt
Employment Outlook Survey Reveals Steady U.S. Hiring Plans for
Fourth Quarter 2007
plan to maintain a stable, yet cautious approach toward hiring
in the final quarter of 2007, according to the seasonally adjusted
results of the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey conducted
quarterly by Manpower Inc. "It is not unexpected that U.S.
employers have conservative hiring plans for the fourth quarter,"
said Jeffrey A. Joerres, Chairman & CEO of Manpower Inc. "The
market forces that impact hiring do not conclusively point toward
growth or decline, and that is a likely contributor to the prudent
hiring trends apparent in the survey throughout 2007." Of
the 14,000 U.S. employers surveyed, 27% expect to increase their
workforces during the fourth quarter of 2007, while 9% expect
to trim their payrolls. Fifty-eight percent expect no change in
the hiring pace, and 6% are undecided about their hiring plans.
The strongest fourth quarter hiring prospects reported globally
were in Peru, India, Singapore, Costa Rica, Argentina, Japan,
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Hong Kong. Italian employers
again reported the least robust hiring plans globally. Employers
in 11 countries and territories are reporting improved hiring
plans compared to the third quarter, while job prospects are expected
to improve in 14 countries on a year-over-year basis.
For More Information
Go To: http://www.us.manpower.com
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and Forbes magazines reported in 2006 that:
- Within 18
months of being hire, 46% of all new hires will fail.
- Only 11% of
employees fail due to lack of technical skills, yet most
interviews focus solely on technical skills and abilities
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situations, the most common types of faux pas are those which
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a Canadian security company, says Canadian companies are
leaving money on the floor because of lax pre-employment
screening. "If you're looking at hiring a person and
there's a moderate amount of training involved, you're looking
at $10,000 to $15,000 in costs for one year," says
Dan Fallows, manager of Garda's pre-employment screening
division. "If you don't have the proper screening in
place and the employee turns out to be a bad hire, you're
basically throwing that money away." "It's hard
to get Canadians to understand it because we don't have
the same historic terrorism or the pressures of brand image,"
says Fallows. He estimates 30 to 40 per cent of Canadian
companies properly screen employees, but he sees that increasing
in the next few years. "As U.S. corporations come north,
you'll see it happen more and more," he said.
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Court Protects Worker's Casual Drug
Two competing cases on the controversial
practice of workplace drug testing show a growing schism
in the courts on the validity of such actions, making it
harder for employers to figure out when their practices
are outside the bounds of the law. Both cases deal with
employees who were terminated after testing positive for
marijuana use during pre-employment screening. Neither employee
claimed to be drug dependent, which can be considered a
disability under some provincial human-rights legislation.
The cases also considered Entrop v. Imperial Oil, the leading
Canadian drug-testing ruling, which came down hard on employers
who test employees and prospective employees, even in safety-sensitive
For More Information Go To: http://thiscanadian.typepad.com/this_canadian/2007/08/financial-post-.html
Sources and Verify Limited Launch the Sourcing Industry's Most
Comprehensive Online Supplier Credit Reporting Service
HONG KONG, Global Sources
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on Greater China suppliers. Free to buyers, Credit Check provides
data on up to 13 different legal and financial business areas,
including corporate status, shareholders, licenses and permits.
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Sources Online ( http://www.globalsources.com ), scheduled to
launch next month. Companies listed on Global Sources Online that
have opted to participate in the program will carry a 'Credit
Check' logo to show their information has been verified. Buyers
can click the logo to access detailed credit information for suppliers
participating in the program. In the fourth quarter of this year,
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which will include credit ratings, litigation, banking relationships
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Teacher Accused of Child Abuse Stirs Calls for Background Checks
- Parents erupted in anger after discovering that a Math teacher,
entrusted with nurturing their children, violated them in the
worst possible way. An expose on a TV channel showed, Usha Khurana,
a teacher at the government school, shooting pornographic films
at the last school where she worked. Khurana would allegedly offer
private tuition to students and then drug them and allow strangers
to molest them. In most Indian schools there are no background
checks on teachers and references are rarely checked and sometimes
not needed at all. As a formality some schools do check the last
place of employment. But even teachers who do not match the criteria
often get the job. In government schools teachers qualify if they
clear class 12 and have a diploma in education. Experience is
not a criterion for teacher's post.
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Is 'Rife' In The Workplace
Members of Parliament were told on Tuesday that
workplace violence is widespread in South Africa. Susan Steinman
of the Workplace Dignity Institute told members of the portfolio
committee on labour that the violence affects public and service
sectors more than the private sector. Steinman said that though
physical abuse is easily recognisable and taken care of in terms
of criminal procedures, emotional abuse is difficult to identify.
"It has a profound impact on the psychological health and
well-being of the victim," she said. "Post-traumatic
stress syndrome is a typical reaction with devastating effects."
She told the committee that research shows that few employers
have policies in place to deal with violence, but when policies
are in place the frequency of workplace violence, both physical
and emotional, reduces drastically by up to three quarters. She
showed that besides physical violence, other types include bullying
or mobbing, verbal abuse, and racial and sexual harassment. It
also affects female more than male employees. She called on the
legislators to broaden the existing codes of labour legislation
to include workplace violence and also sought a service charter
for victims of workplace violence.
Background Checks On Overseas Supply Teachers
53% of education recruitment agencies questioned
in a survey say that minimum legal requirements governing teacher
background checks for recruiting candidates from overseas should
be clarified and enhanced. The REC survey is based on detailed
feedback from specialised recruitment agencies in the education
sector. Commenting on the survey findings, John Dunn, Chair of
the REC’s Education Sector Group, says: “Professional
recruiters in the education sector have welcomed the increasing
focus on safe recruitment since last June’s OFSTED report
and have been actively involved in the Government’s consultation
on the new vetting & barring scheme. “However, it is
essential to ensure that mechanisms are also in place for effectively
checking the suitability of overseas nationals coming to work
in the UK. The Government is aware of this issue and ongoing initiatives
– for example aimed at enhancing the exchange of criminal
records information between EU countries – must deliver
in order to alleviate some of the concerns highlighted in the
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Screening Resources (ESR), announces the release in September,
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Annual Pre-Employment Screeners Conference, November 11 - 14,
2007, Clearwater, Florida
Personal Data Integrity Summit 2007, London, Thursday 4 October
Protecting personal data within your organisation - A vital event
for both private and public sector organisations. http://www.bfi.co.uk/index.php
11th China Public Security Expo,
Nov 1-4, 2007, Shenzhen-China, http://www.cpse.com.cn/en/main.asp
Pre-employment Vetting & Screening Summit 2007,Amsterdam,
Friday 30 November 2007, Amsterdam, Netherlands, http://www.bfi.co.uk/event.php?idEv=30
Investigator’s India Pre-employment Screening Conference,
December 6-7, 2007, Bangalore, India, http://www.search4crime.com/Indiaconference
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