Previews Forthcoming Privacy Report
from the FTC Division of Privacy and Identity Protection recently
spoke at the Online Trust Alliance Forum in Washington, DC and
provided insights into the forthcoming FTC Report on Privacy.
She cautioned that the Commissioners had not yet approved the
Report, and that it may change, but said the following:
five fundamental findings about privacy that will be included
in the Report:
is increased collection, storage and use of data.
are largely unaware of the use of data, especially the practices
of the data broker industry and behavioral advertising. Notice
and choice has been a disaster.
really do care about privacy.
in the Internet economy is important, and free content that
is provided through the collection of information also is important.
is a blurring of the distinction between personally identifiable
information and non-personally identifiable information.
will build on these findings, propose a new privacy framework,
and will say "This is what privacy should look like".
be three major aspects of the Report:
by Design, that includes privacy reviews, must be a part of
all technology development that involves personal information
is a need to improve consumer choice, with just in time notices
of collection practices
is a need for Improved transparency, even with just in time
disclosures. Privacy notices will remain, but must improve (see
e.g. the new GLB privacy notices sanctioned by the FTC)
To Read The
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NAPBS Board of Directors Member
Testifies at House Financial Services Subcommittee
on Financial Institutions & Consumer Credit Hearing on Behalf
of Background Screening Industry
24, 2010 Judy Gootkind, NAPBS Board of Directors, Creative Services
Inc., testified on behalf of NAPBS in a hearing before the Committee
on Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions &
Consumer Credit U.S. House of Representatives. The hearing was
on HR 3149, The Equal Employment for All Act. NAPBS is a trade
association founded in 2003 which represents over 700 companies
engaged in employment and tenant background screening across the
country. Of this figure, approximately 360 member companies are
Regular Members, meaning that they are primarily engaged in the
business of providing employment and/or resident background screening
services directly to end-users, such as employers, landlords and
businesses. The majority of those Regular Members are small businesses,
with 12 or less employees. Having said this, our membership does
include a range of companies, from Fortune 100 companies to small
local businesses. Collectively we conduct millions of employment
and tenant screening checks each year. In the employment context
we provide background checks for private employers, volunteer
organizations, non-profits, government, public utilities, healthcare,
higher education and publicly held corporations. NAPBS seeks to
promote ethical business practices, promote compliance with the
Fair Credit Reporting Act and State law analogs and foster awareness
of issues related to consumer protection and privacy rights within
the background screening industry.
is highly regulated, both by the Federal Trade Commission and
the newly created Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. n1
Our ability to provide our employer end-users with consumer reports
is driven by consumers' consent for such reports to be generated
when they apply for employment or seek a promotion. I would like
to point out our concerns with H.R. 3149, "The Equal Employment
for All Act". We believe this legislation, as drafted, too
narrowly restricts the use of credit reports for employment purposes,
and all but prohibits them in the private employment space. As
drafted, the legislation would limit the use of credit reports
for those jobs requiring national security or FDIC clearance,
state or local government agency employment, supervisory, managerial,
professional, or executive positions at a financial institution,
or when otherwise required by law. Our specific concerns are as
To Read The
Full Testimony Go To:http://financialservices.house.gov/Media/file/hearings/111/Gootkind092110.pdf
Legislative Alert To California Governor Successful
sent over 100 letters to the California's Governor's office asking
him to veto CA AB 482. Below is
part of the Governor's message to the CA Legislature:
Members of the California State Assembly:
I am returning Assembly Bill 482 without my signature.This bill
would prohibit an employer from using a consumer
credit report for employment purposes with certain exceptions.
This bill is similar to legislation I have vetoed for the last
two years on the basis that
California's employers and businesses have inherent needs to obtain
applicants for employment and existing law already provides protections
from improper use of credit reports. As with the last two bills,
this measure would also
significantly increase the exposure for potential litigation over
the use of credit checks.
For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill.
SCREENING NEWS – continued
Of ChoicePoint Data Breach To Receive Redress Checks
working for the Federal Trade Commission is mailing checks to
14,023 consumers who were victims of ChoicePoint's alleged failure
to implement a comprehensive information security program to protect
consumers' personal information, as required by a previous court
order. As a result, in the spring of 2008, an unauthorized person
accessed its database and conducted unauthorized searches. In
October 2009, the company settled charges that it violated the
2006 settlement order and agreed to a modified court order that
expanded its data security assessment and reporting duties and
required the company to compensate affected consumers for the
time they may have spent monitoring their credit or taking other
steps in response.
To Read The
Full Article Go To: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/09/choicepoint.shtm
MSU Star Charged In Jobs Scam
and Michigan State star Jay Vincent has been indicted for an Internet
employment scam that bilked about 20,000 jobseekers out of about
$2 million, the U.S. Attorney's office said Thursday. The 51-year-old
Vincent and 53-year-old Anthony Portee face charges of mail fraud,
and Vincent is charged with an income tax violation, authorities
said. Vincent earned an NCAA championship at Michigan State in
1979 on a team that included Magic Johnson. Dallas drafted him
with the first pick of the second round in 1981. He averaged 21.4
points per game his rookie season and spent five seasons with
"a legitimate businessman" and is cooperating with investigators,
his lawyer, Charles Ford, told The Associated Press. "A person
is innocent until proven guilty," said Ford, a longtime friend
of Vincent. "This man is iconic in this area. This is a person
who has given a lot to the community." Vincent is accused of reporting
a business income of $62,438 on his 2008 tax return. Authorities
said the actual amount he earned was $330,269.
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in 2012, businesses will have to treat corporations like a contract
worker and issue a 1099 tax form whenever they spend more than
$600 a year. So, if your organization regularly buys more than
$50 per month at Office Depot or Starbucks, or purchases one new
laptop from Dell or Apple, you'll need to send these companies
a 1099 form.
The new reporting requirement was a little-noticed provision buried
in the 2009 health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act ( HR 3590 ). According to §9006, the
Internal Revenue Code (26 USC §6041) will be revised to require
a 1099 form to be completed when a business pays over $600 in
a year for "rent, salaries, wages, amounts in consideration
for property, premiums, annuities, compensations, remunerations,
emoluments, or other gross proceeds fixed or
determinable gains, profits, and income" (with some exceptions).
Although the 1099 rule currently applies only to payments made
to a "person" for services, the revised law will additionally
cover payments for all goods and equipment, and specifies that
"the term 'person' includes any corporation" that isn't a §501(a)
Comp Screening Has Its Risks
screening firms are adding workers' comp checks alongside drug
testing, credit reports and court records, collecting information
on injuries and claims could expose companies to legal risks,
issues. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission construes
screening for workers' compensation claims as a request for medical
information, says Angelo Fillipi, director of employment law at
must understand the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard
to workers' compensation claims before engaging with their employment
screening provider to perform this type of search," he says."
According to the EEOC, employers may not use a post-offer medical
examination to disqualify a disabled individual who is able to
job functions simply because of speculation that the disability
could cause a future injury. Also, an employer may
not base an employment decision on the speculation that an applicant
may cause increased workers'
costs in the future.The advantages of asking workers' compensation
questions in an interview are outweighed by the risks, Fillipi
says. "There may be a risk in hiring someone with a significant
history of workers' compensation claims, but I don't know of any
correlation between making past claims and filing new claims,"
"But there are legal liabilities for the employer if an employment
decision is based on an irrelevant factor."
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To Require Criminal Background Checks On Health Care Professionals.
Sen. Pat Miller (R-Indianapolis) announced her bill to require
criminal background checks on nurses will expand to include more
health care professionals. "While meeting with those in the health
care industry, I received a positive response to this proposed
legislation and support to expand the bill to include other health
care professionals," Miller said. "As a registered nurse, I know
the importance of having professional caregivers who are highly
moral and ethical. It is essential that Indiana's public policies
protect patients and do so at little or no cost to the state."
If passed, the legislation would require certain individuals applying
for a license or certification to undergo a criminal background
check and the results would go to the appropriate licensing officials.The
bill would also require prosecutors to notify the IPLA if a licensee,
such as a nurse or doctor, is convicted of a crime. "I believe
expanding criminal background checks to health care professionals
and creating an efficient reporting mechanism among law enforcement
and state licensing authorities are essential to improving public
policy," Miller said.
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U.S. Senate Hearing on
22, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee's Consumer Protection,
Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee held a hearing on S.3742,
The Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2010. This
Act would give the Federal Trade Commission the authority to require
a wide range of commercial and nonprofit entities to establish
security practices to protect personal information, including
social security numbers and certain financial information. Entities
also would be required to notify individuals in the event of a
breach of such information. Hogan Lovells US LLP partner Melissa
Bianchi testified before the Subcommittee about the effect this
legislation would have on HIPAA covered entities, on behalf of
the American Hospital Association. A link to the hearing and video
is available at http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings.
Insight CEO Bon Idziak Running for SAPAA Board
I'm Bon Idziak, CEO of Applicant Insight, and I'm asking
for your support in my bid to fill a seat on the Board of Directors
of the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA).
I am a 13-year industry professional and subject matter expert
on the topics of Background Screening, Drug Testing and HR Technology.
Since its inception 20 years ago, Applicant Insight has actively
promoted drug and alcohol testing to employers of all types with
a unique focus on serving companies with a regulatory requirement
to test. I, as well as other Applicant Insight employees, have
been active participants in the Substance Abuse Program Administrators
Association for many years. We are proud to be C-TPA Certified
through the SAPAA certification program. Ai supports the efforts
of SAPAA to promote education, consistency and best practices
throughout the industry.
sit on the Board of Directors (Treasurer and formerly Secretary)
for the HR-XML Consortium and I chair the Government Relations
Committee for the National Association of Professional Background
Screeners (NAPBS). I am a key participant in meetings with the
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on issues
that shape the legislative environment and affect the industry
as a whole. I am often asked to speak at industry conferences
and in educational settings.
Information Contact Bon at email@example.com
Enterprises Welcomes Roy Brown to its Technology Team
Enterprises, Inc., a strategic partner to the background screening
industry and expert provider of court research information products,
smart data solutions and ancillary services, is pleased to welcome
Roy Brown as the newest member of its industry-leading technology
team. Mr. Brown brings more than 16 years of experience in technology-driven
markets to Innovative, most recently having held positions with
National Background Data, First Advantage and CoreLogic. In his
new role as Project Manager, Mr. Brown's primary responsibilities
will be bringing the company's next-generation solutions to life,
serving as a bridge between the firm's strategic direction and
the development resources that make those products a reality.
"I am extremely pleased to welcome Roy to the Innovative team,"
stated Ryan Chesney, Innovative's Chief Technology Officer. "Roy
brings a wealth of knowledge and industry experience to our group.
I am extremely confident that Roy will have a tremendous positive
impact as we continue to develop industry-leading products and
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Enterprises Launches IDS™ Web 2.0
Enterprises, Inc., a strategic partner to the background screening
industry and expert provider of court
research information products, smart data solutions and ancillary
services, today announced the launch of IDS™
Web 2.0. The expanded web portal places significant feature enhancements
and functionality in the hands of
Innovative's Screening Industry Partners™, including access
to industry-leading county criminal and civil services,
live retrieval of results and order status, and advanced sorting
and filtering tools to manage new, pending and
historical order activity. A highly sophisticated batch upload
process has also been introduced with IDS™ Web 2.0.
By uploading a single file, partners can quickly and easily order
any quantity of any available IDS™ instant data
solution, choose from more than 200 custom search configurations,
and receive an email alert when the results are
ready for pickup. With batch upload, Innovative's partners are
empowered to effortlessly provide large scale services
such as annual employee audits using a single spreadsheet provided
by their employer customers.
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Recognized by INC. 5000 for Third Consecutive Year
Inc., a leading provider of workplace drug screening solutions
and technology, today announced it was named to Inc. Magazine's
Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in America. The
list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important
segment of the economy-America's independent-minded entrepreneurs.
"The leaders of the companies on this year's Inc. 5000 have figured
out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession
since the Great Depression," said Inc. president Bob LaPointe.
"The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs."
to drug and alcohol testing technology and services, eScreen offers
national employers solutions through an expansive product portfolio
including advanced compliance tools for Department of Transportation
(DOT) regulated programs, electronic physical exams, and onsite
medical services. Robert Thompson, eScreen President and CEO said,
"eScreen is honored to have been a part of this prestigious list
for the past three years. To be acknowledged by Inc. Magazine
for our accomplishments during such a volatile business environment
is truly amazing. Our strategic partnerships, resilient employees
and innovative product developments have made it possible for
eScreen to continue to positively shape our industry."
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to Perform Thousands of Background Investigations, Fingerprinting
been selected by the U.S. Social Security Administration to conduct
thousands of pre-background investigations.SSA, a new client for
USIS' investigations services division, anticipates the need for
up to 22,000 background investigations for contract employees
each year of the five-year contract.Damon Hudson, USIS vice president
of investigative services, commented on the deal, saying
his company is pleased to have been selected to provide its services."USIS
is gratified that the SSA has entrusted us to take care of their
contractor workforce," he said. "There is a great deal of pressure
to staff temporary positions in the high season. USIS has the
resources, experience, and proven track record to ease the burden
associated with processing the extra applications and paperwork."In
addition to performing background investigations on contract employees,
USIS will be responsible for other functions under the SSA contract,
including case scheduling, data entry, fingerprint services, and
preparing a final report of findings to SSA.
also recently awarded a deal from the Army to facilitate computerized
fingerprint records from Army Recruiting Commands to the FBI and
back to the Army.
Information Go To: http://www.usis.com/Media-Release-Detail.aspx?dpid=102
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Names New Chief Financial Officer
Altegrity Company, has named Charles (Chuck) L. Hicks, Jr.as its
new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hicks joins USIS from Science
Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where he most recently
served as Vice President Finance for the Mission Integration Business
Unit in the Intelligence, Security, and Technology Group. Mr.
Hicks' will lead an accounting, pricing, and financial planning,
reporting and analysis organization and system to provide clarity
and strategic financial and business guidance to USIS.
was with SAIC for eight years, where he was responsible for all
financial aspects of the business unit and led several corporate-wide
initiatives. These included implementing a more efficient organizational
structure for the finance team, improving the use of the company's
financial system, and establishing new roles and responsibilities
for SAIC's financial professionals and nearly 300 division managers.
He also led due diligence and integration efforts for group and
business unit level acquisitions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hicks
was senior vice president and CFO for Mortgage Edge Corporation
in Sterling, Va., and controller at eSylvan, Inc., in Baltimore,
Information Go To: http://www.USIS.com
Builds Voters' Trust
builds voters' trust in political candidates through a self-authorized
background screening and resume verification service. It is an
opportunity for candidates to tell voters about themselves from
an impartial, nonpolitical source. CandidateCheck is powered by
TalentWise, the #1 ranked employment screening provider in the
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"Humanistic" Approach to Workplace Substance Abuse
than 20 years, an innovative program for substance-related education,
awareness, and intervention known as Operation RedBlock has been
keeping impaired Amtrak workers off the job. Developed by unions
and embraced by management, RedBlock is based on the idea that
employees have the right to a drug- and alcohol-free work environment.
impaired due to the use of drugs or alcohol and unable to report
for duty may call a toll-free number and ask to be marked off
with an Operation RedBlock designation. The action carries no
management retribution. The employee is given an excused absence
without pay and is contacted by a trained peer who takes a variety
of possible actions. If a worker suspects a co-worker may be impaired,
that individual is offered a ride home and peer intervention.
The individual answering the line destroys the employee information
after turning the caller over to a RedBlock coordinator who handles
the intervention. In most cases, a single incident is enough to
change behavior, says Bonds. But if the individual is found to
be suffering from a chronic condition, a different level of intervention,
such as a union-based plan or EAP intervention, is recommended.
Research suggests the railroad has avoided $50 million in costs
related to injuries, property damage, employee discipline, and
retention. The program has been adapted for use by the New York
City Police Department, the U.S. Army, airlines, and other organizations.
Information Go To: http://safetydailyadvisor.blr.com/archive/2010/09/16/
of Older Adults Treated for Substance Abuse Doubles
of older adults admitted to substance-abuse treatment facilities
has more than doubled since 1992, according to the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.The report notes
demographic shifts that suggest these patients are less economically
stable. Peter Delany, an expert in substance abuse and director
of the substance abuse organization's Center for Behavioral
Health Statistics and Quality, says many of the shifts reflect
overall national demographic changes."What we have is a group
of older people who have fewer resources socially, fewer fiscal
resources, and have less employability," he says.
Information Go To: http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/health/medical/2010-09-13-drugabuse12_ST_N.htm
SHRM LINE Employment Expectations Report for September
expectations increase slightly in September
for key positions proves difficult for some in August
OUTLOOK - continued
Layoff Events Fall, Jobless Claims Rise
of mass layoff events -- where 50 or more workers are laid off
from a single workplace -- fell to 1,546 in August, according
to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics. The number is down by 63 from July and down
by 934 from August 2009.
initial claims for unemployment insurance resulting from mass
layoffs totaled 150,192 in August. The number is up 4.5% from
July but down 37.1% from August 2009.
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Employers Positive On Q4 Hiring
are positive over Q4 hiring, according to the latest Manpower
Employment outlook survey. The survey of more than 18,000 employers
found that 15% anticipate an increase in staff levels in their
Q4 2010 hiring plans, while 11% expect a decrease in payrolls,
resulting in a net employment outlook of +4%.
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How Co-op / Condo Background Checks Can Keep Out Criminals
When a shareholder
at a 300-plus unit co-op in Bayside, Queens, asked to speak to
the co-op's managing agent this past July, nothings seemed unusual
about the request. But the conversation, the managing agent recalls,
was hair-raising: Did the managing agent know that a new sublessor
in the co-op was listed on the New York State registry of sex
offenders? Before the hour was out, the co-op's managing agent
had checked the
registry herself, called her direct supervisor and had the
co-op board president in her office contacting the building's
attorney. It was a nightmare scenario with a happy ending. The
board's attorney contacted the co-op's sponsor, who in turn spoke
with the sublessor, who agreed to move out. A potential crisis
of epic proportions was averted. But this the co-op board simply
got lucky: Sponsors are under no legal obligation to let boards
review applications from potential purchasers or sublessors. In
the case of this Bayside co-op, however, the sponsor has agreed
to institute criminal background checks on all future tenants
immediately, and provide proof to the board that he was doing
so. While the $125 cost, paid by applicant, is hardly minimal,
and while some applicants with squeaky-clean records might balk,
most everyone agreed it was worth the hassle, says Errol Brett,
the attorney for the co-op. Simply put, who wants a criminal living
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Sentiment Strongest In Emerging Markets
is strongest among emerging markets, according to the latest Manpower
employment outlook survey. The survey of more than 61,000 employers
found those in China, Taiwan, India and Brazil bullish on hiring,
with employers in China, Switzerland and Taiwan reporting their
strongest hiring plans since Manpower began polling these countries.
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Role of the Medical Review Officer (MRO) inInternational Workplace
the role of the Medical Review Officer (MRO) is well established
in United StatesWorkplace Drug Testing Programs, such is not the
case internationally. This review willsummarize the information
that is generally or currently known or is available in the Drug
andAlcohol Testing Industry on the role of the Medical Review
Officer internationally. It isimportant to note at the outset
that the acceptance of the role of the Medical Review Officer
inworkplace drug testing programs is not addressed or acknowledged
in many Countries.
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its International Committee
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Article 29 Working Party Provides Substantial Guidance
On 13th July,
the Article 29 Working Party issued Report
01/2010 (WP172) on its second joint enforcement action, which
concerned the implementation of the
Data Retention Directive (Directive 2006/24/EC) . The Data
Retention Directive derogates from the provisions of the E-Privacy
Directive by requiring Member States to ensure that certain categories
of communications data are retained for periods of not less than
six months and not more than two years. This is in contrast to
the general principle in Article 6 of the E-Privacy Directive,
which requires such data to be erased or anonymised when it is
no longer needed for the purposes of the transmission of a communication.
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Commission Puts On Hold Proposed Data Deal With Israel
Commission has suspended plans, resisted by Ireland, to allow
the transfer to Israel and storage there of sensitive personal
data on European citizens.Responding to concerns raised by Dublin,
justice commissioner Viviane Reding moved yesterday to halt the
immediate adoption of an EU declaration that Israeli data protection
systems are in line with European standards.Minister for Justice
Dermot Ahern campaigned to have the plan scrapped in the light
of disquiet about the use of eight fake Irish passports by the
alleged Israeli assassins of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
Israel has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the killing.
MsReding's office disputed the Minister's assertion that the commission
withdrew the proposal when a committee on data protection met
yesterday in Brussels, no vote was taken and the EU executive
pledged to seek clarification from the Israeli authorities on
its data protection systems.No other EU state expressed reservation
about the plan, fanning expectation that the meeting yesterday
would give MsReding the go-ahead to make the declaration. In the
event, however, the commission halted the process. "Effectively
today the EU Commission has accepted Ireland's position that we
need far more information on those safeguards, what powers the
data protection commissioner has there - is he independent? -
and so on."
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Full Article Go To: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2010/0903/1224278127920.html
privacy laws strengthened
A bill to
ensure that personal data sent to New Zealand from overseas is
subject to New Zealand's privacy protection passed into law. The
Privacy (Cross-border Information) Amendment Act enables individuals
and businesses to assure their trade partners that New Zealand
law protects their privacy. "The Government recognizes that in
today's difficult economic environment we need to do everything
possible to improve the international competitiveness of our businesses,"
Justice Minister Simon Power Said. "Until now, the Privacy Act
1993 has been silent on cross-border enforcement of privacy laws.
This law changes that, and allows businesses to assure their international
partners that their customers' personal information will be protected
by the full force of the law."
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Of People Embarrassed To Admit To A Criminal Record To Employer
commissioned by Nacro found 61% of people said it would be the
worst thing to have to reveal having a mental health problem came
second with 47% and bankruptcy came third with 44%. Jackie Lowthian,
director of policy at Nacro, said: "It's not surprising that having
a criminal record is a source of such shame. People who have a
record are aware that their past will count against them in the
job market. Yet the truth is that many people who commit an offence
move on. "Work is the most effective way of preventing offending.
If we don't provide the right help to these people, and the right
advice to employers, we are throwing good people with valuable
skills on the scrap heap." Minor offences such as fines and cautions
for shoplifting, theft, driving offences remain on your record
as well as more serious crimes. In response Nacro has launched
its Change the Record Campaign to reform the Rehabilitation of
Offender Act and will be presenting a report to MPs and peers
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In Prestigious Docklands Business Awards Ceremony
the leading pre‐employment screening firm for financial
services, has won recognition at the prestigious Docklands Business
Awards. Powerchex was recognised in the 'Business of the Year'
category for the 2nd year running at a glittering awards ceremony
in London Wednesday evening. The Judging Panel paid tribute to
Powerchex, recognising the outstanding customer service record
of an SME in a highly competitive industry sector. Alexandra Kelly,
who was also shortlisted in the 'Business Person of the Year'
category, said she was flattered and delighted that all the hard
work behind Powerchex had been recognised by the Judging Panel.
"It is an incredible achievement for us to be honoured two
years running, especially given the extraordinary standard of
competition at this year's awards. It is a tribute to the dedication
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