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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shoppers Given Tips to Avoid Identity Theft and Fraud

With the arrival of Thanksgiving, shoppers are constantly warned to avoid identity theft and fraud during “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving considered the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season. For “Cyber Monday,” the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend when shoppers return to work and start their holiday shopping online – and which became the biggest online shopping day in history and the first to surpass the billion-dollar threshold in November 2010 – nonprofit consumer information and advocacy organization Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) offers the following 10 tips to protect online shoppers from identity theft and fraud. Continue reading

Penn State Scandal Shows Why Charities Should Background Check Members with Access to Vulnerable Populations

While the majority of the media coverage in the recent Penn State University sex abuse scandal focused on the firing of legendary PSU football coach Joe Paterno over questions about how much he knew about the alleged sex crime incidents involving his former longtime assistant and once heir apparent Jerry Sandusky, the more compelling story may be how the 67-year-old Sandusky – who faces a 40 count indictment (WARNING: Graphic Material) that includes 21 felonies and 19 misdemeanors that allege he molested boys – may have possibly used the charity that he founded for underprivileged boys to find the victims of his alleged crimes. Continue reading

Convicted Child Molester Who Worked as Casting Assistant Raises Calls for Background Checks to Protect Child Actors

Child protection advocates are calling for background checks for workers with access to child actors after a recent Los Angeles Times article revealed that a convicted child molester who worked as a Hollywood casting assistant for the past decade once spent five years in prison for kidnapping and molesting an 8-year-old boy in 1996. The 35-year-old man currently is cooperating with a Los Angeles Police Department investigation into whether he complied with requirements for registered sex offenders and there is no evidence that he had committed any new crimes, the Time reports. Continue reading

Health Care Facilities Workplace Violence Prevention Act Introduced in Pennsylvania House to Promote Culture of Safety

To promote a “culture of safety” in health care facilities and help protect health care workers from incidents of workplace violence in the state of Pennsylvania, the ‘Health Care Facilities Workplace Violence Prevention Act’ (House Bill 1992) was recently introduced in the Pennsylvania House, according to a report from HB 1992 – a joint effort by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) and State Representative Nicholas Micozzie (R-163) – requires Pennsylvania hospitals and other health care facilities to take steps to protect health care workers from suffering from workplace violence that include security risks assessments, finding ways to create a safer workplace, and helping workplace violence victims report incidents. Continue reading

CALI To Host Free Webinar for Members November 29 on New California Laws Impacting Background Screening

The California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI) Legislative Committee will host a free webinar for CALI members on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 3:25 PM Pacific Time featuring Attorney at Law Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and CALI member. The webinar will focus on two new California laws taking effect January 1, 2012 – Assembly Bill 22 (AB 22) and Senate Bill 909 (SB 909) – that will impact background screening for employment purposes. (NOTE: An archived version of the webinar “New California Laws Impacting Background Checks in 2012″ is available to CALI members at: Continue reading

Former Harvard Student Who Faked Academic Achievements Jailed for Alleged Probation Violation

A former student at Harvard University who last year pleaded guilty to faking academic achievements by falsifying transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation to get into the prestigious school – and who took more than $45,000 in grants, prizes, and financial aid awarded to him based on lies and plagiarism – is back in jail without bail after allegedly violating his probation by portraying himself as a Harvard student and claiming that he attended the University in the past, The Harvard Crimson reports. Continue reading

Jury Awards 7 Million Dollars to Family of Truck Driver Killed in Accident in Negligent Hiring Case

The family of a truck driver killed in a 2008 accident in Arkansas was recently awarded $7 million in damages in a wrongful death lawsuit brought against a timber company and its truck driver in an Arkansas Federal Court, according to a press release in the Kansas City Star. A group of Kansas City-area lawyers serving as counsel for the family of the man killed in the accident argued that the timber company had negligently hired the truck driver who caused the accident without conducting a basic background search that would have quickly revealed a history of unsafe driving that included having his license revoked twice. Continue reading

Background Check Firm Employment Screening Resources Achieves Renewal of HR Certification Institute Approved Provider Status

 Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has achieved renewal of “Approved Provider” status from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), an internationally recognized certifying organization for the human resource (HR) profession. This distinction allows ESR to offer continuing HR-related education programs to more than 100,000 certified HR professionals seeking HRCI recertification credits. ESR’s term as Approved Provider is effective until December 31, 2014. ESR has been an HRCI Approved Provider since June of 2005. Continue reading

Questions about Degree from Possible Diploma Mill Cause Kansas Chief IT Officer to Resign

Proof positive as to why employers need to perform due diligence education verifications on job seekers during pre-employment background checks, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the new Chief Information Technology (IT) Officer of the State of Kansas recently introduced by Governor Sam Brownback has resigned after an earlier report in the newspaper raised questions about his college degree from an unaccredited school linked to diploma mills. Continue reading

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Issues New Round of Notices of Inspection to Employers

In a new round of inspections to determine if employers in the United States are violating employment laws by hiring unauthorized workers, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – recently issued Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to various employers around the country. The NOIs give businesses notice that ICE will conduct inspections for compliance of Employment Eligibility Verification Forms (Form I-9s) that require employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. Continue reading