Global Background Checks

Legislative Alert – USCIS Issues New Form I-9
Legislative Alert – USCIS Issues New Form I-9

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services released a new Form I-9 on March 08, 2013. Employers who require additional implementation time for use of the new Form I-9 may use the old Form I-9 until May 07, 2013. However, after May 07, 2013, all employers must use the new Form I-9, which is marked with the revision date of (Rev. 03/08/13)N in the lower right-hand portion of the form. 

The Overwhelming Need For International Background Checks Continues To Grow In The United States
The Overwhelming Need For International Background Checks Continues To Grow In The United States

As immigration trends in the United States continue to grow, so will the need for employers to conduct international background checks.  For U.S. employers, the need to conduct background checks on individuals that are foreign-born or have spent a considerable amount of time abroad continues to be a hot topic and a growing trend in the United States.  Employers need to be vigilant in hiring individuals that are eligible to work in the U.S., along with the required skills and experience to support corporate demands.  In addition, one of the compelling factors to conduct background checks on all applicants is to help ensure that a candidate does not bring unnecessary security or safety risks into the workplace in regards to potential fraud, theft, and acts of workplace violence or even terrorism.  Employers realizing the overwhelming benefits of conducting background checks coupled with record U.S. immigration trends bring a renewed focus on international screening.  Here are a few immigration statistics to consider: 

Global Retail Theft Study Reveals Employee Theft Totals $41.65 Billion in Total Shrinkage
Global Retail Theft Study Reveals Employee Theft Totals $41.65 Billion in Total Shrinkage

The fifth edition of the Global Retail Theft Barometer has just been published by the Centre for Retail Research and reveals a 6.6% increase over previous years in overall retail shrinkage and hit its highest mark since 2007. The study attributes shoplifting, employee theft, supplier fraud, administrative errors and organized retail crime as the combined cause of $119 billion in total global retail shrinkage for 2011 as reported from 43 countries. This staggering number equates to over 1.45% of total sales as compared to last year’s study of 1.36%. The United States rounded out the top ten of highest reporting countries at 1.59% of total loss.

The Challenges And Solutions For A Successful International Background Screening Program
The Challenges And Solutions For A Successful International Background Screening Program

International Background Screening brings forth a unique set of issues and challenges that makes it very different from what has become standard practice for background screening here in the United States.  It is important that these differences are clearly understood before an international screening program is designed and implemented for clients that wish to screen outside of the US. 

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