Background Screening Weekend Wrap-up – 09/20/09

Jason Morris

Monday September 20th, 2009

Well its been an interesting week to say the least.  From scandals at ACORN to increased health care debate on Capital Hill.  One thing is sure, there is no shortage of background screening stories.

Kicking it off this weekend is a new Bill in Georgia that would require background checks on people who work inside others homes.

For Amy Scott and others still reeling from a 2008 assault at a north Bibb County home, it’s hard to wait for the accused rapist to go to trial.

Rudolph Valentino Smith, 44, is charged with raping the nanny who was keeping Scott’s 3-year-old daughter at Scott’s home. His case was scheduled to go to trial this week, but it has been postponed.

Scott said knowing the trial is still pending has kept her and her family from really putting the episode behind them and moving on.

“It’s just an emotional roller coaster,” she said. “We’ve still got to relive it and face it.”

The case helped prompt a bill that’s still pending in the state Legislature, said Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, who sponsored the measure that would require employers to perform background checks on people who work inside other people’s homes.

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In Diploma Mill news a recent US News and World Report article could cause issues for those trying to verify education of employees. Apparently, A recent study found that more than 530 of the approximately 3,000 mainstream colleges and universities have at least tinkered with their names since 1996.

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Hitting our kids schools is a story about an employee of Churchill County School District in Nevada who has failed to register as a sex offender.  I am a little confused…failed to register?  Why was he working there in the first place?

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We hope you enjoyed our plethora of stories last week as we continue to gather news for the week ahead!

So, that’s it!  Enjoy your week.

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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal,, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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