There are few things in business that are likely to make your blood run as cold as quickly as discovering that the person you trust with your books and finances has a less than crystal clear record. Whether it’s a pending charge or a conviction, this is a very serious situation, and one that is…

Most of us are hardwired to trust official documents. Whether it’s a letterhead or a certificate, if it’s on an official letter head, we believe it to be true. However, while we have to be able to trust something, if you are involved in vetting candidates or prospects, and educational documentation comes into the equation,…

When we read stories about elder abuse online, or see the shocking images in our social media feeds, we probably all think that these are isolated cases. That they’re not common, and that they are the exception to the rule. However, research has shown that elder abuse cases in Australia are around 100,000 per year, which…

As business owners, we’re usually pretty good about knowing who we are dealing with. We may call up references, or do a little investigation into bankruptcy. We probably do a credit check, and ask for credit references. However, while all of those are a good start, they aren’t enough to give you the full picture…

Purchasing goods and services used to be a simple matter. You’d find a company in your town that offered the goods or services you needed, and you would buy them. Simple, uncomplicated and quick. However, as companies have grown, business has gone global and purchasing now has its own departments, things have got a little…

Ask any small business owner out there whether they take precautions to protect their customers and employees, and the answer will undoubtedly be a resounding yes, and they probably mean it too. That’s because every small business owner out there does take reasonable steps to ensure their workplace and offices are safe and healthy for…

The internet is a wonderful thing. It has connected individuals and businesses across the planet, transformed how we read, listen to music, share information and read the news, and even made paying online for goods and services around the world a reality. However, it’s also given people with less than ethical intentions the perfect means to…

In Australia, at both a Federal level and from state to state, most areas have some kind of screening and regulations for working with children. These are required before individuals can take jobs working with children in various capacities. We take a look at what these checks are, and what kind of employment verification you…

Whether you’re hiring for a key position or screening potential business partners, investment deals or even tenants in some cases, you probably want to know if your prospective employee, partner or tenant has a clear criminal record. In Australia, the best place to start your search is with a police check, but what exactly is it,…

Most companies find it necessary at some point to conduct employee screening. It helps you to verify that your prospective employees are who they say they are, know what they say they know, and have the skills and experience they claim to have. In Australia, however, as in many other countries, there is a limit…

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