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The Jewelers’ Security Alliance 2010 Report Reveals Employee Theft As The Highest Average Loss To Jewelers
The Jewelers’ Security Alliance 2010 Report Reveals Employee Theft As The Highest Average Loss To Jewelers

The Jewelers’ Security Alliance recently released its 2010 Annual Crime Report which outlines the industry’s theft statistics for the year.  In 2010, the total dollar losses from crimes against jewelry firms in the U.S. declined from $97.7 million in 2009 to $80.8 million, a decline of 17.3%. The total number of crimes that were reported to the JSA decreased from 1557 to 1487, a decrease of 4.5%.  Although these statistics are encouraging due to declining numbers, the average theft loss by category is topped by internal or employee theft with an average loss of $37,061.  This is probably due to an employee having a significant amount of time to plan their crime, along with possessing inside knowledge as to the highest value merchandise located within the store. 

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Identity Is Key For President Obama And For Background Checks
Identity Is Key For President Obama And For Background Checks

Now we know the true identity of Barrack Hussein Obama and where our 44th President was born.  Was "the big reveal" really necessary? The Secret Service, FBI, and other government agencies conduct a lengthy background check before candidates are even allowed to run for a seat in the White House.  Background checks are an important part of the qualification/hiring process no matter if you are running for President or you’re an employer trying to fill a position for your company.  Background checks can spot potential liability, security risks, and validate work experience and education to ensure that your new hire, or even existing employee, is the right fit for the right job.

Philadelphia Employers May Need To Revise Criminal History Questions On Employment Applications
Philadelphia Employers May Need To Revise Criminal History Questions On Employment Applications

On April 13, 2011, City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed Bill No. 110111- A, which was passed by the Philadelphia City Council on March 31, 2011 and the new law will take effect on July 12, 2011.  The “Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards” law establishes provisions and requirements for the use of criminal history information by certain employers within the City of Philadelphia.  Among other provisions, the new law prohibits employers from engaging in “unlawful discriminatory practices” such as including criminal history questions on employment applications and from making adverse employment decisions based on arrests that did not result in convictions.

Maryland Restricts The Use Of Credit Reports For Employment Purposes
Maryland Restricts The Use Of Credit Reports For Employment Purposes

Maryland becomes the fifth state to restrict the use of credit reports for employment purposes.  Maryland along with Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington have similar legislation.  Each state has its own caveat on restricted use and employers should be aware of the difference in-which they employ.  A link to a Credit Report – State Legislative Matrix is provided for more information.

Reducing The Exposure To Sex Offenders
Reducing The Exposure To Sex Offenders

Dating website Match.com is taking proactive measures to reduce the exposure to known sex offenders as the online dating company’s president, Mandy Ginsberg stated in a news interview yesterday.  The company is looking into incorporating a database search of sex offenders for current and future subscribers in the next 60 to 90 days.  This policy change comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed a few days ago after one of its online members was allegedly sexually assaulted by another member after meeting on the popular dating site. 

Background Checks On Temporary Workers – Are There Gaps In Your Policy?
Background Checks On Temporary Workers – Are There Gaps In Your Policy?

The Georgia Department of Revenue learned about screening temps the hard way when they hired a temporary employee who embezzled over $100,000 in tax refund checks.  Lisa Darden, a temporary employee, was hired to process state tax refund checks for the department.  Darden, the ringleader, along with four other accomplices developed an elaborate scheme to cut checks to other individuals and then provided them a percentage for cashing the checks.  Once the racketeering was uncovered, a warrant was issued for the five individuals.  Darden pled guilty to theft and forgery and a DeKalb County grand jury indicted the five.  According to the DeKalb County public justice system website, Darden had arrests dating back to 1995. 

The Trucking Industry Is On Alert For Terrorism
The Trucking Industry Is On Alert For Terrorism

Last week, terrorist experts from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and Transportation Security Administration alerted over a hundred members of the trucking industry in Concord, NC to be on the lookout for terrorism. The FBI alerted the trucking industry that the potential of a terrorist attack may be carried out by an individual and not a group of terrorists to appear less suspicious. The FBI's Craig Moringiello said terrorism is changing. Future attacks are more likely to be conducted by one person, "a lone wolf," he said, such as the Fort Hood shooter, the Christmas underwear bomber and the Times Square bomber.

Idaho Lawmakers Pass Bill To Target Diploma Mills
Idaho Lawmakers Pass Bill To Target Diploma Mills

Idaho lawmakers are taking a pro-active stance against diploma fraud as the state is starting to see diploma mills migrate into the state after nearby states such as California toughened their stance on operating diploma mills.  On March 24, 2011, Idaho's "Anti-Diploma Mill" bill HB036 was unanimously passed by the Idaho State Senate.  This new law will require postsecondary and proprietary schools that operate in the state to register annually.

Background Screeners Unite At The NAPBS Annual Conference In Denver
Background Screeners Unite At The NAPBS Annual Conference In Denver

Background screening firms from around the world will converge at the mile-high city in Denver, Colorado for the annual National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) conference being held from March 20th-22nd.  The non-profit background screening association was formed to promote ethical business practices, teach compliance measures, and foster awareness of issues related to consumer protection and data privacy within the background screening industry. Over 500 individuals from around the world have already pre-registered for the event.  Representatives from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and other regions from around the globe will be attending the three-day event.  Participants will be updated on federal and international compliance measures, best practices on protecting consumer privacy, and ways to improve efficiencies when conducting background checks.  This is the largest event in the world that brings background screeners, suppliers, government agency representatives, and HR professionals together to better understand industry changes, new techniques and technology advancements.  Since its inception in 2003, NAPBS continues to be the catalyst for world-wide background screeners to come together and collaborate on critical issues that affect the industry. 

Ongoing Background Investigation Continues With New York Bus Accident
Ongoing Background Investigation Continues With New York Bus Accident

The fatal bus crash that left 15 dead during last Saturday's accident on Interstate 95 near the Westchester County-Bronx border has spurred further investigation into the background of the driver. "Given Ophadell Williams' criminal record and driving history, I have directed the New York state inspector general to commence an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding how Mr. Williams was able to obtain and retain a commercial driver's license," according to New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo.

North Carolina Changes Retrieval Access To Criminal Records
North Carolina Changes Retrieval Access To Criminal Records

The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) has officially discontinued its daily criminal records data extract as of March 10, 2011. Going forward, and in replacement of the daily extract, complete criminal record case information must be accessed via the state’s Remote Public Access System.

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