Many companies these days opt to either ask prospective employees about their criminal background, or run criminal record checks as a part of the hiring process. While it’s true business owners need to protect themselves against risks, this can also be a legal and ethical minefield, and there are many issues that should be considered…

Most job applications these days include some form of academic credential verifications. At the very least, you will want to see certificates or some form of documentary proof that your prospective candidate has the skills and credentials they say they do. Many Australian companies take employee screening further by contacting professors or schools to do…

It seems hard to believe, but about a quarter of all job applicants lie on their resumes. Nearly 60 percent of hiring managers have reported seeing some sort of falsification on resumes, and the lies range from slight embellishment and exaggeration of experience to lying about working for a company they’ve never been employed by….

It seems like everyone and their grandmother has a startup idea these days. From Silicon Valley, California, to Silicon Beach, Australia, everyone is hoping to create the next Facebook or Snapchat, make a billion dollars and retire to the beach. Big dreams are great, but this business trend also means that deals are made quickly,…

There are more migrant workers, skilled immigrants and refugees today than at any other time during history, simply because there are exponentially more people in the world today and because international travel has become easier and more convenient than ever before. Whether they are driven by economics or conflict, people are choosing to seek better…

When most people think about identity theft, they think it’s something that happens in the movies, or at least to other people. They certainly don’t think of it as something that could happen to them; according to the credit bureau Veda, although more than 770,000 Australians were victims of this type of crime in 2015….

Substance abuse is not a new problem. One only needs to watch historical dramas like The Knick or read history books to find examples of substance abuse in the past. The only real difference was that in those days, people didn’t hide their habits nearly as well. These days, everyone knows that substance abuse is…

The petrochemical and mining industries often come under fire from environmental activists, and from industry bodies that (sometimes rightly) accuse them of playing fast and loose with health and safety to maximize profits. It’s more important in this industry than most others to be transparent, to present an above board image, and to prove your…

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,…

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