Sealing Of Crime Pasts Up To Colorado Governor
Hupp was 22 when he got caught with $25 worth of cocaine. That
screw-up has trailed the 44-year-old construction- company owner
half his life, and he'd like to erase it. People convicted of
certain nonsexual crimes could petition a judge to seal their
criminal records 10 years after completing prison time, probation
or parole, wiping their pasts clean. "I kick myself all the
time," said Hupp, recalling all the job applications he filled
out, checking the "yes" box on whether he had committed
a crime. "Nobody ever called." Some say House Bill 1107
offers the gift of a second chance. But to critics, who imagine
an employer unknowingly hiring someone convicted of embezzlement
to keep their books, it strips away the public's right to know.
The bill under consideration by the governor says a person with
a sealed conviction can check "no" to the question about
criminal history on job applications. Rep. Mike Cerbo, D-Denver,
said the bill he sponsored "completes the cycle of justice"
by letting people who've done their time "move on with their
lives." And there are enough safeguards in the bill to protect
employers and the public, he said. Ritter's spokesman said the
governor is reviewing the bill. He has until June 4 to sign it.
Hampshire Offers Vetting Of Foreign Companies
Hampshire exporting businesses have a new tool for checking the
background of foreign companies. The state International Trade
Resource Center is offering access to credit reports on companies
outside the United States from Coface, a leading provider of credit
insurance and credit information services. Coface reports include
a company's credit rating, financial statements and other technical
information, according to a ITRC press release. It is an effective
tool to identify possible problems or business potential with
any firm in question, the release says.
More information Go To: http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070408/REPOSITORY/704080356/1265/BUSINESS
Honored as 2007 Outstanding Private Company in AeA's 14th Annual
High-Tech Innovation Awards
Calif. - HireRight, a leader in on-demand employment screening,
was honored as the 2007 Outstanding Private Company at AeA's 14th
Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards. The High-Tech Innovation Awards
were presented by the Orange County and Inland Empire Council
of AeA on May 10th, honoring Southern California's top innovators
in technology and education. "We are sincerely honored to
be named Outstanding Private Company of the Year by AeA. This
is truly a testament to the talent and dedication of the entire
HireRight team," said Eric Boden, Chairman and CEO, HireRight.
"This award is also an acknowledgement of our commitment
to technology innovation in delivering our employment background
and drug screening solutions, and it's gratifying to have our
efforts recognized." The 14th Annual High-Tech Innovation
Awards were presented at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach on
May 10th. AeA set record levels for nominations and attendance
with more than 125 nominations received, 20 innovators recognized,
and nearly 600 guests at the awards ceremony.
More Information Go To: http://www.hireright.com/release_details.asp?id=56
Inc. Named one of Central Texas' Best Places to Work
- deverus, the leader in background screening technology, today
announced that it has been recognized by the Austin Business Journal
for being one of the 2007 Best Places to Work in Central Texas.
The Austin Business Journal holds the contest annually. This year
over 160 companies were nominated in three categories. The Journal
chose winners based on companies with the best climate, team atmosphere,
benefits, and engaged employees through employee feedback. deverus
was one of only a handful of companies chosen in the small business
category. This achievement reiterates the importance and success
of deverus' commitment to a positive work environment which fosters
employee growth and well being.
For More Information
Go To: www.deverus.com.
APSCREEN Tests U.S. Department of Justice Sex Offender Website
Santa Margarita, Calif. -APSCREEN one of the early pioneers of
comprehensive background checks for pre-employment screening,
has tested the new DOJ sex offender website and found it to be
a useful tool for the public. APSCREEN has provided free national
searches for registered sex offenders at www.nationalsexoffenderregistry.net
as a public service since 2005. APSCREEN recommends that when
searching sex offender records, individuals should use multiple
sources to increase accuracy of results. A list can be located
The new government database is called Dru Sjodin National Sex
Offender Public Website can be located at www.nsopr.gov
website represents the next generation of efforts by our Federal
Government to try to help with the ongoing problem of identifying
sexual predators in our society," said Lawson. "We applaud
the Attorney General's office for their efforts and look forward
to the day when they can put us out of the sex offender research
business." Lawson continues, "Preliminary tests show
that between just this new government website and our existing
one, there is much less room for missing a registered sex offender,
and now the public is armed with the best tools available for
identifying registered sex offenders in their own area."
of security functions outsource employee screening based on newspoll
conducted in January by Secuirty Director News.
Background Offers First Fully Integrated Fingerprinting Solution
with Proprietary Technology that Directs Applicants to a Nationwide
Network of Collection Sites
Forest, CA – Accurate Background, Inc., a leading provider
of background screening services announced the release of the
first and only fully integrated background screening and fingerprint
solution. The new bundled fingerprint/background suite of services
safeguards its qualifying clients, creates a positive experience
for applicants and provides for faster hiring decisions. “We’re
seeing increased levels of fraud and embezzlement as applicants
try to cheat the traditional background screening methods, get
hired and cause monetary losses in the thousands or even millions
of dollars,” explained Dave Dickerson, president of Accurate
Background, Inc. “Accurate’s reports focus on uncovering
additional criminal history – even outside of counties where
the applicant has lived, worked or attended school. We collect
and run fingerprints through the FBI database, conduct further
research at the county level to maintain FCRA compliance, and
integrate the results into a comprehensive background report.”
To further enhance the fingerprinting process Accurate also designed
a proprietary module which acts as an intelligent locator to quickly
locate digital or traditional collection sites for the applicant.
a recent pilot project undertaken by Accurate where fingerprinting
was included with a comprehensive background check, over 40% more
potential undesirable applicants were identified. Due to the broader
net of information only available through the FBI database, Accurate
found additional criminal records nationwide that would not have
been otherwise uncovered using traditional means.
More Information Go To: www.Accuratebackground.com
Inc. Launches the TrueDocs(TM) Document Management Tool for the
Background Check Process
AUSTIN, Texas - deverus announced
the launch of their TrueDocs(TM) document management tool for
the Ziptuit line of software. Combined with deverus' powerful
zHire(TM) Applicant Tracking System and electronic consent, deverus
continues to leverage technology and industry expertise to provide
for a better and faster screening process.
For better management of applicants,
the TrueDocs(TM) document management service speeds the background
check and verification process by allowing signed releases and
other important documents to be stored with the applicant throughout
background check process. The TrueDocs(TM) document management
service enhances the communication between the screening company
and its clients by allowing the screening company to attach recent
training materials, marketing materials, and needed compliance
documents for specialized reports (such as credit reports) in
a consistent and reliable location. This offering enhances the
role of the screening company from a simple provider of data to
a trusted expert and partner in hiring safe, qualified employees.
"We are excited to launch another feature on our Ziptuit
platform specifically aimed at helping our clients meet the technology
and services needs of human resource departments," said deverus
CEO, Shawn Rucks.
More information Go To: www.deverus.com.
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Partners with Edentify to Deliver Its Identity Fraud
Pa.- Edentify Inc. a leading provider of identity management and
fraud detection solutions, announced its partnership with General
Information Services, Inc. (GIS), one of the first background
investigation providers and largest human resources-solution providers
in the country. GIS will add Edentify’s technology to its
offering. With IDAssess, GIS customers can review and verify the
identity of literally thousands of employees in up to two days.
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the identity of their employees in real time, which prevents potentially
fraudulent activity by verifying that the employee’s identity
matches the person using it. The last component, IDAlert, notifies
GIS employees when their identity has been breached, and monitors
their identity every 30 days until fraudulent activity is detected.
GIS clients can offer the IDAlert solution to their employees
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More Information Go To: www.GenInfo.com
passed by SEC to ease burden of Sarbox
yesterday approved measures to ease compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley
five years after the law was passed in the wake of big corporate
scandals. The move is a sign a more "principles-based"
approach to financial regulation is gaining ground in the US.
Specifically, the SEC's new "interpretive guidance for management"
would allow executives to "scale and tailor their procedures
to fit the facts and circumstances" of a company's situation,
according to SEC chairman Christopher Cox. The guidance is not
only "scalable" according to size of company but also
takes account of the complexity of a company's business.
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Go To: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/d94949a6-0992-11dc-a349-000b5df10621.html
Dakota Legislature Passes Background Check Bill To Honor Slain
passed a bill inspired by the murder of Valley City State University
student Mindy Morgenstern which doubles the number of jobs in
North Dakota that require background criminal history checks and
fingerprints. The bill will require criminal history checks for
certain state and local government employees including corrections
officers, security personnel and other positions of public trust.
They would also include fingerprinting which would catch criminals
who've changed their names to avoid detection. Besides corrections
officers background checks would also be required for college
students in particular higher education programs, dentists, nurses,
realtors, pharmacists, school staff.
For More Information
Go To: http://www.kxnet.com/news/local/86125.asp
Of Justice Seeks To Deny Public Electronic Access To Some Criminal
The US Department of
Justice is asking the Federal courts to deny the public electronic
access to specific court documents, being plea agreements, in
criminal cases. Internet users can globally access the US government
subscription website, PACER, which is an acronym for Public Access
to Court Electronic Records, and read exact details of the cooperation
agreed to by defendants in Federal criminal cases. Due to the
widespread publication of this sensitive information on the web,
American law enforcement is seeking to deny remote access through
the governmental website. Commercial websites, such as "
who's a rat.com" are selling this information, and prosecutors
fear that criminal elements will use the data, seeking to name
and shame cooperating witnesses. Of course, this is the electronic,
not actual hard copy, version of the plea agreement. Unless it
is sealed by court order, it is available in the court file at
the District Court clerk's office. However, one must be in that
city to view it. PACER is accessible from anywhere there is Internet
access. Some Federal courts are already restricting access to
For More Information
Go To: http://www.world-check.com/articles/2007/05/23/department-justice-seeks-deny-access-criminal-reco/
State Outlaws Employers Access to Credit Records
Washington state governor Christine Gregoire signed
S.B. 5827 into law on April 18. This new law prohibits employers
in Washington state from having access to the credit reports of
employees or job applicants unless such information is substantially
related to the individual's current or potential job responsibilities.
It is worth noting that the new law does not apply to an employer
review of the credit report of an employee "who the employer
has reasonable cause to believe has engaged in specific activity
that constitutes a violation of law." Four other states (Hawaii,
Pennsylvania, New York and Wisconsin) have similar restrictions
on employers using credit reports. While it is obvious the new
law applies to employers based in Washington and employees and
job applicants who are residents of Washington, it could also
apply to a Washington employer with out-of-state job applicants
or employees, an out-of-state employer with employees and applicants
that live in Washington, and possibly even a business that interviews
job applicants who would need to relocate to Washington to perform
For More Information
Go To: http://www.realtime-itcompliance.com/laws_regulations/2007/05/employee_privacy_new_credit_ch.htm
Background Checks for Chemical Workers
In an effort
to better safeguard America's chemical plants, some workers will
be subjected to a higher level of scrutiny. The U.S. Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued an interim final rule,
which requires employers to conduct background checks of current
and future employees and contractors that have unescorted access
of the facilities. The rule, which is scheduled to take effect
on June 8, 2007, also requires chemical plants to prepare "Security
Vulnerability Assessments" for potential terrorist threats.
Additionally, DHS sets forth employer recordkeeping requirements,
as well as inspections and audit procedures. To access a copy
of the DHS April 9 rule, please
click here. SHRM HR Issues Update - May 18, 2007.
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45 Percent of Workers Steal Data When Changing Jobs
the 45% of respondents to The International Information Security
Survey who said they've taken data with them when they've left
a job, some said they simply e-mailed data to a personal address.
Others said they walked out the door with the data, usually on
a peripheral storage device, tucked in a bag or pocket. Eighty-seven
percent said they're allowed to use flash drives, while 69% can
use external hard drives. Even MP3 players, which are used by
46% of respondents, can be used as external hard drives. The study
also showed that with so many admitting to taking data with them
when they leave jobs, it's no surprise that 53% of respondents
said they suspect their companies' intellectual property is being
used by the competition. Among manufacturing employees, a whopping
71% said their competition has used their companies' intellectual
property. Over 40 percent of those polled cited their company
security policies as overly stringent, non-existent, or flimsy.
Of technology employees polled, 48 percent said their companies
had security flaws.
More Information Go To: http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=199500629
Thefts Prevalent at Work
than half (51 percent) of all identity thefts occur in the workplace,
according to a recent study by Michigan State University. Organizations
that carelessly process and store personnel records create perfect
opportunities for "inside jobs," according to Guillaume
Deyback, president and CEO of Washington-based Worldwide Assistance,
a provider of identity-theft resolution services. Workplace settings
have become increasingly attractive for identity theft because
criminals are aware of the personal data stored there, such as
birth dates, Social Security numbers, bank-account numbers and
credit-card information, among others, he says. The annual cost
of such identify thefts to corporations and consumers is about
$50 billion, says Deyback, and innovative criminals have developed
techniques that exclude almost no one from the scourge of stolen
information created by the prevalence of personal data. But organizations
are becoming more aware of the problem, says Troy Allen, chief
fraud solutions officer at Nashville, Tenn.-based Kroll Fraud
Solutions. "Just a few years ago a stolen laptop was viewed
as a loss of hardware," Allen says. "Today, organizations
and individuals are acutely more aware that the sensitive data
a laptop contains is of different, greater value." He says
HR executives must "stop thinking about data protection as
solely an IT responsibility." Practitioners need to "examine
and reinforce physical security practices, both brick and virtual
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Union: Data Protection Developments In Europe
developments regarding Data Protection in individual member states
Belgium, the SWIFT saga continues with the Belgian Privacy Commission
issuing a strong second advisory opinion on SWIFT’s failure
to comply with its obligations when transferring data to the US.
The Commission also issued a recommendation containing basic principles
on whistleblowing, which will affect companies which implement
Germany, the thresholds for the requirement for a data protection
officer have been increased. In France, the regulator (CNIL) has
sought to balance the prohibition on collecting data relating
to a person’s racial or ethnic origin with employers' needs
to collect such data in order to implement policies preventing
racial and ethnic discrimination in the workplace.
in the UK, security breaches are all the rage, with the FSA applying
a fine of almost £1 million on Nationwide Building Society,
and the Information Commissioner accepting undertakings from other
banks for their disposal of personal data. These serve as a reminder
that firms must continue to assess Information Security risks,
and to evolve plans for dealing with breaches of security.
More Information Go to: http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=48078&email_access=on
Healthcare France, US Subsidiary Fined For Improper Transfers
Of Employee Data To The U.S.
what may foreshadow a new era of more aggressive enforcement,
France's data protection authority - La Commission Nationale de
L'informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) - recently fined
Tyco Healthcare France (THF), the local subsidiary of a U.S. multinational
organization, €30,000 (approximately $41,000) for, among
other things, improperly transferring employee information to
Tyco's U.S. headquarters. The fine appears to be the first imposed
on a U.S.-based company accused of unlawful cross-border transfers
of human resources data. The French government's enforcement action
coincides with recent public declarations by other European data
protection authorities, calling for more aggressive enforcement
of the European Union's strict data protection regime.
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Out For 'Senior' CV Fraud
revelation by a number of media organizations that former Absa
and Fidentia director "Dr" Danisa Baloyi may have fudged
her claim to a doctorate degree once again highlighted the problem
of credentials fraud and the need for background screening, said
Ina van der Merwe, CEO of South Africa's largest background screening
company Kroll International. Van der Merwe said the problem was
far more widespread than most people thought and many fraudsters
holding down high-paying jobs continued to get away with it because
human resources divisions at companies neglected to do even the
most basic of background checks before appointing individuals.
the fact that Baloyi holds advanced degrees from Columbia University
in New York, the doctorate degree that she evidently laid claim
to wasn’t completed. Van der Merwe said close to 25 percent
of all CV’s checked by her company at the moment were "problematic"
to some degree. She said a major problem with employing individuals
with false qualifications was the fact that in some cases, the
employee lacked the skills to do the job properly.
More Information Go To: http://business.iafrica.com/news/864844.htm
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Trucker Piled Up Citations
Roger C. Scofield Jr.'s tractor-trailer crashed into the back
of a car on the Capital Beltway last month, the trucker had spent
years crisscrossing at least seven states: Maryland, Virginia,
Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Scofield racked up traffic citations in each of those states and
convictions in at least two, court records show. The citations
include speeding, careless driving, inattentive driving, driving
with defective brakes and driving on a suspended license. Records
indicate that Scofield has at least 56 entries in his driving
history in Delaware for various violations, including nonpayment
of court fines. His license was suspended there and in Virginia,
Maryland State Police said. Reciprocity laws between states generally
prohibit a driver with a suspended license in one state from driving
in another. The fact that Scofield was on the road March 19, driving
on a suspended license in the late-night accident in Prince George's
County that left one man dead and two injured reflects the challenges
of enforcing driving standards and trucking regulations across
state lines. "It's frightening to think that people like
Scofield and others are out there," said attorney Ron Karp,
who filed a wrongful-death suit last week against the driver and
his employer. "There are people behind the wheels of trucks
that just shouldn't be, and it's becoming a national epidemic."
a company has operating authority from the U.S. Department of
Transportation and they are not vigilant in checking their employees
and making sure they have valid driver's licenses, the companies
are the ones we're going to go after," DeBruyne said. Smith
gave varying accounts of what B.K. knew about his driving record.
He said the company checked his driving record when it hired him
as a subcontractor about eight months ago and found no cause for
concern. The company checks its drivers' records annually, Smith
said. During the interview in Newfield, Smith said B.K. was only
aware of a speeding ticket Scofield received while "driving
his own personal vehicle" in Virginia last year. He said
Scofield's license was suspended because he failed to appear for
a court date because the notice about the speeding citation was
inadvertently sent to his ex-wife's address.
the Beltway accident, Scofield was initially charged with several
traffic violations, including reckless driving and driving on
a suspended license. Since then, state and federal authorities
have begun separate investigations and are considering whether
to charge him with vehicular homicide, said 1st Sgt. Russell Newell,
a Maryland State Police spokesman.
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