Archive for June 2012

Government streamlines employee background checks

reported that the government is completing its initial personnel security investigations in an average of 36 days, a sharp drop from the 145 days average in 2005, according to testimony Thursday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee. The Office of Personnel Management’s background investigations for top secret clearances average 72 days, compared…

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Employment background check: An employer's guide

What is it? Firstly, what is an employment background check? An employment background check is the process of looking up and compiling criminal records, professional records and (in some circumstances) financial records of an individual either prior to, or during, their employment with a company. Why is it important? From resume fraud to reference checks, drug…

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International background checks explored at SHRM 2012

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia. ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ will be presented by Attorney Lester Rosen, and the inclusion of this topic emphasizes how important a role background checks should be (and are) playing in HR. “Employment is no longer restricted by international borders, and…

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Background screening industry denounces NCLC report

Supreme Court affirmed the need for background checks in Nasa v. Nelson, 562 U.S. 2011, and in the past several years, lawmakers around the country have recognized the utility of criminal background checks by enacting countless laws mandating checks to protect vulnerable populations such as the young and the elderly. The NCLC report claims that 65…

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How to perform a reference check

What is a reference check Employers perform reference checks to ensure that the qualifications an applicant has claimed to have are genuine, that their employment history is honest, and that their work ethic and personal values are going to have a constructive impact on the company. An employer will usually check previous employment information, as…

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AAU mandates background checks for all volunteers

42-point plan to protect children from sexual and other types of abuse. The Amateur Athletic Union’s moves come after a six-month policy review that followed November’s dismissal of its CEO, who was publicly accused of, but never charged with, abusing boys in the 1980s. The review also came at a time when other child sexual abuse accusations were…

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Olympic background checks total half a million

background checks on workers. So far only 100 applications for accreditation to perform or work during the games have been turned down, with most of the rejections made over concerns about criminal records held by the applicants. However, some were denied accreditation on the advice of the Security Services over concerns they posed a risk…

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Officials sued over background check

Newell defended the city’s actions: “We felt – in light of the information we received about individuals involved in the (Parkersburg) Tea Party -we had the right to check backgrounds for violations.” Backus has been a critic of Newell and has been outspoken against the city user fee. He also is running for city council in District…

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Houston-based company fined $2 million for illegal hires

press release on the departments website. Investigation According to the press release, ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents began investigating ABC Professional Tree Services Inc. (ABC) in 2008 following complaints that a significant portion of the company’s employees were undocumented aliens. HIS agents reviewed the Employment Eligibility Verification Forms – known as “Form I-9” – and other documentation…

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