Background Screening That Reaches Beyond U.S. Borders
May 1, 2014
In the past decade, an increasing number of US-based companies have been recruiting candidates from overseas. It’s important that employers seeking candidates from other countries remain as diligent with international background checks as ones conducted domestically. From candidate experience to performing resume verifications abroad to Safe Harbor certification, our video serves as a guide for employers that want to follow best practices related to international background checks.
While there are similarities between background checks conducted in the United States and internationally, there are a few key differentiators employers should know. (more…)Read More
Accredibase Releases New Trends in Credential Abuse
March 28, 2011
Our partner in the UK, Verifile has released their second annual Accredibase™ report into diploma and accreditation mill activity has revealed an astounding 48% increase worldwide in the number of known diploma and accreditation mills in the last year. As the Internet is the primary home for these bogus education and accreditation providers, little action is taken to stop them from helping unscrupulous candidates deceive unsuspecting employers.Read More
Performing Background Checks in Brazil
March 4, 2011
We just published a great article on EmployeeScreen University by Robert Jones, Director of Operations at Socrates Ltd. which analyzes the prevalence of employment screening in Brazil and the intricacies and nuances of performing background checks in country.
Brazil has one of the world’s fastest growing and dynamic countries. The country will host the 2014 Soccer World Cup and in 2016 the Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro. By 2016 Brazil is projected to have overtaken France to become the fifth largest economy in the world (Source Brazilian National Bank for Economic Development (BNDES)). The country was largely unaffected by the recent global financial crisis and continues to increase its influence on the world stage.Read More
Navigating Global Employment Background Screening Jungle
April 7, 2010
International background screening is rising in prominence and is becoming ever more critical to businesses as borders open up and the battle to hire the best talent intensifies. This article provides an overview of international background screening and an insight into the importance of conducting thorough international employee checks correctly and legally.
So picture this scenario, Mark has been appointed to a new senior role and his employer wants to check his background. He has had an international education and career path which has enabled him to work abroad. He studied in Switzerland and Germany and enjoyed a successful career in Australia, Malaysia and the UK before moving to the US. This will not be a completely unusual scenario to many readers. But how can we effectively check Mark’s credentials to ensure he has been honest and truthful in his application for the role?Read More
Criminal Pardons in Canada
April 6, 2010
Here is a nice quick read on how criminal pardons work in Canada. Pardons work a bit differently in the United States but this should give our readers a clear understanding of how they work up north. Searching criminal records in various ways might identify these pardons when conducting an employment background check. Its interesting also because there are actually different levels of pardons and some offenders may or may not receive all the full benefits. One of the benefits could be allowing foreign travel, including into the United States.
Since 1970, more than 400,000 Canadians have received pardons. Of those, 4% have seen their pardons revoked, “indicating that the vast majority of pardon recipients remain crime-free in the community,” the board’s website says. In 2006-2007 — the year Graham James was pardoned — the board issued 7,672 pardons to people convicted of summary offenses and granted another 7,076 to applicants with more serious convictions. In that same period, the board denied only 103 applications. The latest data, for 2008-2009, show that the board granted a whopping 9,628 pardons.Read More
Danish Legislatures Looking to Expand Criminal Record Policy
March 31, 2010
Currently, what dictates if an individual has a permanent criminal record in Copenhagen is the type of crime he or she commits. Danish legislatures are looking to revamp this policy so that any person undergoing a prison term of more than 30 days receives a permanent mark on their criminal record. Officials are looking to include in this new policy those convicted of cheating on their taxes and environmental polluters (Copenhagen is considered one of the world’s most environmentally friendly cities).
The Copenhagen Post Online – March 30, 2010Read More
Canada Proactive to Prevent Workplace Violence
March 24, 2010
Our neighbors to the north are decades ahead of us in passing legislation to curb workplace violence. Major changes to the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act called Bill 168 create new rules to prevent violence and harassment in the workplace. The bill does not directly address background checks or employment screening, however, another provision obligates an employer to warn employees if its knows, or should know, that a worker could come into contact with a person with a history of violence. (Kind of sounds like the Negligent Hiring Doctrine) How would it know this; the answer is simple, comprehensive screening of their employees.
There were plenty of warning signs of trouble in the months before nurse Lori Dupont’s final shift at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ont.Read More
Criminal Recidivism Rates in Canada
March 4, 2010
There have been a few studies conducted in the United States covering recidivism rates of offenders and ex-convicts. Anything above .0001% is virtually why the employment screening industry even exists. We have written in the past about our own domestic recidivism rates but have yet to post anything outside the US. I found this article discussing these staggering rates in Canada. The Winnipeg Sun is reporting that the re-offending rate in some cases is as high as 100%. The article throws out some incredible, almost unbelievable numbers about recidivism. The author summarizes by saying if Manitoba’s corrections branch is to rehabilitate criminals, they’re not doing a very good job! Do you do background checks on your Canadian applicants? I hope so!!
If the main objective of Manitoba’s Corrections branch is to rehabilitate criminals, they’re not doing a very good job.Read More
Criminals in the UK Apply for Teaching Jobs
February 24, 2009
It seems that our friends across the pond have some major issues on their hands. It appears that over 7000 CONVICTED criminals applied to become teachers last year. The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) provides background checks to the schools but has no idea how many of them were hired.
NEARLY 7,000 convicted pedophiles, killers and kidnappers applied to become teachers last year.Read More
Like Starbucks and the Super Bowl, Diploma Mills Go Global
February 2, 2009
It appears these bogus pieces of sheepskin have now caught the attention of the international community. Unesco Takes On International Diploma Mills
Washington — The growing demand for college degrees, the globalization of the education market, and the Internet are combining to create a more favorable climate for diploma mills around the world, says Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic, chief of the section for reform, innovation, and quality assurance in higher education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.Read More