Whether we like it or not, our lives today are frantic, busy and fuller than they’ve ever been. Most of us adapt, or at worst grin and bear it, but sometimes, things pile up so much that they just become too much. When life and work combine into a perfect storm of pressure, it can…

It’s every prospective landlord’s worst nightmare. There’s a tenant you really liked. They impressed you at the viewing of the apartment or property. They work in the most stable job and they just seem to be the right fit. Then they get a negative tenant reference, and you have to start considering renting to the…

It’s becoming more and more common for employers to delve into employee credit histories before they make a job offer. Around the world, companies are routinely requesting access to personal financial information in order to make final hiring decisions. In many cases, this is necessary and justified. Here’s what you need to know about the…

Don’t just go digging for information – you need to use professional screeners to avoid problems. Employee and tenant screening has become commonplace around the world, and Australia is no different. However, while you may think that this process is no more than snooping into people’s personal history, there’s actually a lot more to it…

Several years ago, Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds starred in a movie that was based on the premise that she was a high powered publisher and Canadian native, working in New York on an expired visa, and the hilarious and romantic story of how her immigration troubles brought them together. The story was even funnier…

Employees and employers alike would like to believe that while they undoubtedly do have a relationship, the world still sees them as individual entities, and they are always distinct from each other. While we’d all like to think that, that’s not always the case, and over the years, there have been countless high profile cases…

While character reference checks can be invaluable in painting a complete picture of an individual, there are some golden rules to getting the most out of the experience. Character references are often an important part of the hiring process. This is particularly true when filling early career positions, where candidates may not have an extensive…

The staff hiring process is a minefield of legalities, checks, references and multiple rounds of interviews and negotiations these days, and with fraud, identity theft and other crimes rife these days, comprehensive criminal record checks are important. It can be tempting, when you do come across negative criminal information in a candidate’s history, to immediately…

Mistaken identity might sound amusing, but it isn’t always the case. While genuine errors are less common than actual identity theft, they do happen and can be devastating for the people involved. Throughout history there have been examples of people who would have benefited from background checks, such as: In the 1930’s, in Brookville, Indiana,…

Drug use has become a major issue around the world. In schools, universities and workplaces, more and more people are using drugs socially or recreationally, and they are becoming addicted to dangerous substances more frequently than ever before. It’s no wonder that more employers are opting to include drug testing employees as part of their…

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