Archive for February 2013

Report: 1 incident of identity fraud every 3 seconds in the US

report from Javelin Strategy. Experts believe that this increase was driven by dramatic jumps in the two most severe fraud types, new account fraud (NAF) and account takeover fraud (ATF). Key findings from the report also include: Identity fraud incidents and amount stolen increased—The number of identity fraud incidents increased by one million more consumers over the…

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New Jersey plans to ban criminal 'check box' on job applications

last week by New Jersey state Senators Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), Sandra Bolden Cunningham and Ray Lesniak would end what they described as a “discriminatory practice” against ex-offenders. The NJ Senators would like to introduce legislation to ‘ban the box’. The ‘box’, which appears on virtually all job applications, asks whether the applicant has a criminal…

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Department of Labor provides background check guidance

Complying with Nondiscrimination Provisions: Criminal Record Restrictions and Discrimination Based on Race and National Origin.’ The purpose of the Directive is to provide information to federal contractors and subcontractors and federally-assisted construction contractors and subcontractors (contractors) and to OFCCP personnel about: the circumstances in which exclusions of applicants or employees based on their criminal records…

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Stats show Virginia gun background checks effective

Virginia’s background check system could potentially serve as a national model due to it’s mental health adjudications. Stats this week showed that it is indeed a system to be advocated, having prevented more than 16,000 felons from buying guns since it began in 1989. State police records show a total 54,260 transactions have been denied during the…

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Report: One in five consumers has error on their credit reports

report has found that one in five consumers – an estimated 40 million Americans – had an error on at least one of their three major credit reports. Additionally, five percent of consumers had significant errors on one of their credit reports that could affect their requests for auto loans and insurance. In the study,…

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President emphasizes firearm background checks in State of Union Address

universal background checks on those who purchase firearms in his State of Union Address last night. “Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun” Obama said.  “Senators…

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Cantor: Virgina background check system should serve as national model

week suggested that Virginia’s background check system could potentially serve as a national model due to it’s mental health adjudications. The state’s two Democratic Senators, Sen. Tim Kain and Sen. Mark R. Warner, agreed with him. “There are many aspects of the Virginia background check system that are superb,” Sen. Tim Kaine said last week after a…

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No criminal record checks for UK job applicants

this week. The Court of Appeal said it was “disproportionate” to require people applying for work to disclose all previous records, including spent offences. Home Secretary Theresa May immediately announced she would appeal the decision claiming it could put children at risk because it would be harder to screen applicants. “We are disappointed by this judgement…

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Report: 69% of businesses affected by bad hires

CareerBuilder study shows the cost of a bad hire can be extremely high. Sixty-nine percent of employers reported that their companies were adversely affected by a bad hire in 2012, with 41 percent of those businesses estimating the cost to be over $25,000. Twenty-four percent said a bad hire cost them more than $50,000, according…

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