Baker's Dozen: Workplace Screening - The top 13 providers
of full-service workplace screening.
work of outsourced security and screening service providers is
increasingly more critical to HR organizations’ hiring processes
as employers face more than ever compliance pressures and concerns
about their liability. There are mounting federal and state pressure
to screen out illegal aliens and those with questionable backgrounds
from their candidate pools, employers are turning to outsourcing
to help them meet regulatory mandates, spot potentially troublesome
workers, and minimize their organizations’ exposure. For
buyers, this means screening results are becoming more accurate,
timely, and less costly to generate—a development that is
a testament to a dynamic market. At the same time, solutions are
becoming more integrated with HRIS and recruitment software so
users can easily process and onboard their new employees. Helping
the industry make this goal a reality are the 13 service providers
listed in the Baker’s Dozen top providers.
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Issues Job Applicant Testing, Screening Fact Sheet
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Dec. 3,
2007, issued an extensive fact sheet that describes how to apply
federal anti-discrimination laws to employer tests and other applicant
selection and screening procedures [including criminal and credit
background checks]used during the employment process.“ This
fact sheet provides technical assistance on some common issues
relating to the federal anti-discrimination laws and the use of
tests and other selection procedures in theemployment process.
Commission Chair Naomi C. Earp. Stated that the fact sheet will
help employers voluntarily comply with EEOC-enforced statutes,
as companies seek lawful and efficient ways to screen large numbers
of applicants.” It suggests “best practices”
for employers to follow when using them.
further background on experiences and challenges encountered by
employers, employees, and job seekers in testing, see the testimony
from the Commission’s meeting on testing, located on the
EEOC’s public web site at: http://www.eeoc.gov/abouteeoc/meetings/5-16-07/index.html.
Corporate Finance's Valuation Update for the HR Outsourcing Industry
Homa presented the results of the KPMG recent study of the background
screening industry at the recent Background Investigator’s
Pre-Employment Screeners Conference in Clearwater, FL. The background
screening industry is estimated at US$2 to US$3 billion and growing
at a rate of 5 to 7 percent a year. The chart below highlights
the disclosed screening revenue and growth for many of the larger
Company filings and press release
Information Go To: www.kpmgcorporatefinance.com
To Offer Certified Screening To New NQA3000 Standard
a trading division of risk management specialist Security Risk
Management Ltd, has today confirmed that it is the first company
to offer certified screening to the new NQA3000 standard, an all-industry
security standard directly related to employment screening. NQA,
a UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited body, has created
the NQA3000 standard specifically for pre-employment screening.
"NQA3000 accreditation provides all of the evidence needed
- for customers, stakeholders, and auditors - that best practice
has been duly applied," says Brian Fenwick, Director, Staffvetting.com.
"By implementing BS 7858:2006 alongside NQA3000, our clients
will not only be adhering to these industry best-practice processes,
but will also be meeting key corporate governance and regulatory
compliance requirements at the same time."
More Information Go To: www.Staffvetting.com
Leverages LivePerson To Increase Support Agent Efficiency
the seamless integration between LivePerson's online customer
service software and NetSuite's CRM system has increased our support
agent efficiency by eliminating redundant data entry and time-consuming
switching between applications," said Kevin Lenahan, Chief
Technology Officer for ClearStar.net. "With 90% first contact
resolution rates and 60% faster issue resolution than email or
phone, live chat is already the channel of choice for our clients
to request and receive support." Blending the functionality
of the SuiteFlex platform with real-time, hosted chat technology,
LivePerson Chat for NetSuite supplies a comprehensive online sales
and customer support solution for the small and mid-sized business
(SMB) sector. LivePerson's integrated solution uses NetSuite's
server-side Suitescript to transfer data seamlessly between applications.
more information, please visit: www.ClearStar.net.
and Sterling Testing Systems Join Forces to Integrate Sterling
Background Checking Into SonicRecruit
Software Inc. a leading provider of on-demand talent management
software solutions, announced today a new partnership with Sterling
Testing Systems providing integrated access to Sterling's leading
background checking services from within the SonicRecruit applicant
tracking system. The announcement further strengthens Cytiva's
SonicRecruit on-demand recruiting software by providing an integrated
method of performing background checks, and other key verification
and assessment services on new hires during the hiring and onboarding
process. With a seamless integration, upon the initiation of a
background check from within SonicRecruit, applicant data is securely
and automatically transferred to Sterling, eliminating the need
for faxing or redundant data entry. The result is a more efficient,
accurate and timely screening and onboarding process. "Sterling
Testing Systems is proud to partner with SonicRecruit," said
Paul Mladineo, Vice President of Strategic Development at Sterling.
"Our companies share a mutual commitment to building long-term
customer relationships based on quality of service and expanding
more information, please visit http://www.sterlingtesting.com
Does it Again, Makes Top 15 of Northeast Ohio's 100 Fastest Growing
Ohio-based employeescreenIQ was recently named a 2007 Weatherhead
100 Award Winner as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in
Northeast Ohio. At the Weatherhead 100 Awards Dinner on December
4, 2007, local Cleveland TV personality Lee Jordan announced the
rankings of the 100 companies receiving this prestigious award.
employeescreenIQ was proud to be honored as the fourteenth fastest
growing company in Northeast Ohio, making this the third consecutive
year it ranked in the top 15.
additional information, visit http://employeescreen.com
or call 800-235-3954.
Teams with Merchants Information Solutions
Inc. a leading provider of identity management and data analysis
solutions, has partnered with Merchants Information Solutions,
Inc., to incorporate its IDAlert(TM) product in Merchants' ID
and credit monitoring offerings. Under the terms of the agreement,
Merchants, a provider of identity theft management and recovery
solutions, pre-employment screening, and background checks, will
embed Edentify's IDAlert product in its existing solutions to
help its clients, including businesses and consumers, manage and
monitor their identities and credit reports. Russell Johnson,
Merchants' chief executive officer, comments, "We have developed
an extensive portfolio of credit information and recovery solutions
to help empower our customers to prevent identity fraud. Edentify's
IDAlert enhances our solutions and provides us with superior back-end
technology that helps us meet our clients' needs."
Information Go To: http://www.merchantsinfo.com./newsroom/BusinessWire_Edentify%20Partner_1107.pdf
of Hat Trick with Awards
At a gala ceremony at the O2 Dome
hosted by Esther Rantzen, with nearly 440 guests, Powerchex
took awards for Growth Business, Business Person of the
Year and a highly commended award for Business of the Year.
“It’s been a tremendous journey from start-up
to successful company. And it’s great to be recognised
formally for all our hard work,” says Powerchex MD
Alexandra Kelly. With stiff competition and a panel of stern
judges from principal sponsor NatWest Bank, Powerchex was
recognised for its growth, leadership and contribution to
the economy of the Thames Gateway. John Cox, Senior Director,
NatWest says, “The quality of the entries for the
awards gets better every year, but Powerchex impressed us
from the start. It’s a young company that achieved
a great deal in a short period of time and they deserve
their success. It is also a testament to Alexandra Kelly's
passion and determination that she won the Business Person
of the Year award. We wish the company every success in
More Information Go To: http://www.powerchex.co.uk/documents/Docklan
Limited Has Been Shortlisted For The Complinet 4th Annual Compliance
has been shortlisted for the Complinet 4th Annual Compliance Awards
in the Best Technology Solution category. The awards recognise
the contributions of compliance officers, compliance trainers,
and professional advisers in helping to ensure that the UK remains
at the forefront of global financial services. The Best Technology
Solution award is open to the best compliance technology solution
in all sectors of financial services and is market representative.
Nominations are judged on unique, cost-effective and practical
technology solutions to compliance issues faced. Complinet drew
up the shortlist for the 2008 from a long list of nominations
received by the industry.
specialists in pre-employment screening, claim “to combine
internet technology with customer focused processes to mitigate
against recruitment risk.” “Our approach enables organisations
to overcome complexity, cost and effort, and at the same time
provide clients, candidates and referees with a better experience.”
says Eyal Ben-Cohen, founder and managing director of Verifile
about the awards can be found at www.complianceawards.com
THEFT AND DATA PROTECTION
Breaches More Expensive Every Year
of the PGP Corporation Study revealed that the average total per-incident
cost in 2007 was $6.3 million, compared to an average per-incident
cost of $4.8 million in 2006. In addition, the cost of lost business
increased by 30 percent to an average of $4.1 million in 2007,
approximately two-thirds of the average total cost per incident.
Another key finding was a 40 percent increase in breaches by third-party
organizations such as outsourcers, contractors, consultants and
business partners. This was a 29 percent hike over 2006. Breaches
by third parties were also more costly than breaches by the enterprise
itself, averaging $231 compared to $171 per record, according
to the report. In addition, Data breaches are more often caused
by human error rather than deliberate hacker attacks. Some 96
percent of breaches are caused by the failure to adequately enforce
data security policies, the Ponemon/Vontu research revealed.
More Information Go To: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Data-Breaches-More-Expensive-Every-Year-60508.html
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Of Personal Data More Than Triples This Year
systematically pilfering sensitive personal data from companies,
government agencies, colleges and hospitals like never before.
More than 162 million records have been reported lost or stolen
in 2007, triple the 49.7 million that went missing in 2006, according
to USA TODAY's analysis of data losses reported over the past
two years. This year, news stories have been written about data
losses disclosed by 98 companies, 85 schools, 80 government agencies
and 39 hospitals and clinics, according to a database at tech
security website Attrition.org.
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It may be
$50 missing from the cash box. It may be a stolen wallet. It may
be false expenses claims for entertaining clients or for taxi
rides home after a late night at the office or $510,00 like Renea
Hughes fleeced from NSW company. Often it is in the workplace
where the money is found to fuel the addiction. According to the
latest KPMG fraud survey, gambling addiction and greed are the
most common drivers of fraud in Australian and New Zealand workplaces.
Renea Hughes last month admitted to the NSW Independent Commission
Against Corruption (ICAC) that, among other actions, she had embezzled
$366,000 from RailCorp in false invoices paid to a contractor
and friend, that she faked $100,000 in salary claims and fraudulently
used a rental car for two years, costing RailCorp $30,000. "Fraud
in the workplace costs Australian businesses more than $77.5 million
each year and often this is due to offenders seeking money for
gambling," First Advantage managing director Peter Stackpole
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Are Recreational Drug Users Entitled To Human Rights Protection?
law relating to drug and alcohol testing and the application of
human rights legislation to recreational drug users continues
to develop in Canada. Two cases involving failed pre-employment
drug tests by admitted users of marijuana, one from Alberta and
one from Ontario, are reviewed below. The conflicting decisions
of the respective human rights tribunals and the courts in these
two provinces demonstrate the potential hurdles an employer may
face if an employee or prospective employee proceeds with a human
rights complaint in this area.
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First Annual Background Screening Investigators Conference in
India held in Bangalore
many of you know, Steve Brownstein is one of the most senior
players in the background screening industry, a pioneer in
international background screening and was the responsible
for the industry’s first conference in Long Beach, CA
in 2000. This initial conference proved to be a landmark event
for the emerging background screening industry. It provided
the first forum for firms in the industry to start talking
to each other which laid the groundwork for the development
of the association now known as NAPBS. Once again Steve’s
insight and strategic vision has spawned what in years to
come will surely be heralded as another significant landmark
event for the background screening industry - the first international
background screening conference in India.
Annual Background Screening Investigators Conference in India
held in Bangalore was a success in bringing together background
investigator firms in the emerging India marketplace. With around
30 attendees their was keen interest in dialoguing about what
was going on in India and how to facilitate the continued growth
in this burgeoning market.
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Attempts To Rape MNC Executive
In a shocking incident on Monday night, a 32-year-old senior executive
working in an MNC a bank was sexually assaulted by her personal
driver while he was driving her back from Gurgaon to her Vasant
Kunj home. The victim, however, was rescued by passers by when
she screamed for help. The police stated that the accused rapist,
Sanjay is from Bihar and had been staying in Delhi for a while
now. In the past one year, there have been two incidents of drivers
of BPO cabs raping and murdering call centre employees in Pune
and Bangalore. "Things are getting worse. People must show
due diligence while employing drivers and must get their credentials
verified rather than just going by the recommendations of their
friends and relatives," said a police officer
The Times of India, December 3, 2007
Proposes Data Security Council of India
is seeking recognition for the Data Security Council of India
(DSCI), a self-regulatory body it has set up to monitor and enforce
privacy and data protection standards in the IT and BPO industry.
The IT Act of 2000 will have to be amended for this purpose and
NASSCOM visualises DSCI being given recognition on the same lines
as the Advertising Standards Council of India or the Press Council
of India, both self-regulatory organisations. A parliamentary
panel has submitted its recommendations on the amendments to the
IT Act. "We expect the government to consult with DSCI on
formulating rules and regulations," Mr Kamik said. DSCI will
hold meetings to create awareness on data protection. "We
are also looking at finalising a business model for the new body
as it be independent of NASSCOM," DSC1 chairman Syamal Ghosh
The Times of India, December 4, 2007
Workers Pose Data Risk
screening techniques may go some way towards mitigating the data
risk posed by seasonal workers finds Nathan Skinner. In the run
up to the busy winter season many firms, particularly retailers,
may be employing temporary staff to help deal with increased demand
for products and services. As the UK casual workforce swells,
reports have suggested that many organisations may be putting
data at risk as they take on temporary workers over Christmas
and give them the same responsibility as permanent staff. According
to research released by security firm Websense, more than 80 %
of temporary staff have the same level of access to company documents
as permanent staff—but without the same accountability.
The report also found that only 21 % of temporary workers had
signed any type of PC or web use policy. Brian Fenwick, director,
staffvetting.com, said companies at the very least should do common
security checks: ‘As a result of the seasonal surge organisations
need to look for fast and accurate screening techniques. There
are probably some employers that do a full screening on their
full time staff, but none at all on their temporary staff.’
More Information Go To: http://www.strategicrisk.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=23&storycode=368199
Reliance On Corporate Data Conflicts With Their Neglect Of Company
A survey carried by Databaracks with UK office workers has revealed
that employees are hugely reliant on access to network data to
do their jobs, yet show an alarming apathy about the value of
that data. Peter Groucutt, MD of Databarracks, commented: "This
research paints a frightening picture for UK organisations. Almost
every business, irrelevant of sector, is reliant on the information
stored on its IT network to manage day-to-day operations. This
dependence makes it critical for organisations and their employees
to protect their network information, yet our survey shows carelessness
and even negligence among many respondents, who have a haphazard
view of how corporate data should be handled.
More Information Go To: http://www.databarracks.com/company/News/PressRoom/news.asp?nid=19
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Face of a Liar?
conducting job interviews, it's easy to conclude that nervousness
on the candidate's part is a sign that he or she is lying, Maltin
says. But "mainstream researchers will tell you there's no
one form of nervous conduct that exists across all situations
that betrays dishonesty," he says. Statistics show that people
are not as good at detecting duplicity as they secretly believe
they are, Maltin notes. Studies, in fact, indicate that "the
higher the confidence, the greater the error," he says. "The
inclination is to think you've got somebody in a lie when you've
really got somebody in something else. You have to spend some
time in finding out what that something else is," he says,
and whether it even relates to the job question at hand. Don't
expect a sudden, dramatic revelation, he says. "You're not
going to get a 'Perry Mason moment' in an interview."
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