When you’re hiring a new employee, it’s common to have criminal background checks on your to-do list. It’s a commonplace and widely accepted practice to investigate the background of your employees thoroughly, to protect your company, your employees, and your customers. However, if you thought that criminal record checks were a one size fits all…

Shrinkage. It’s a dirty word in the retail world, and it can have a big effect on your bottom line. Whether it’s through employee theft, shoplifting, administrative errors or supplier fraud, the effect is the same: less profit for your business. Improved security is one way to identify the root cause of shrinkage in your…

It’s a sad fact of modern life: no matter how safe we’d like to think our countries, cities and companies are, the threat of terrorism is a real one, and no one is immune. There are several ways that terrorism could potentially put you and your business at risk, so we’re going to look at…

Financial advisors can be the secret weapon your company needs to take your business to the next level. Especially if you don’t have a business degree and don’t have any experience in this area. Let’s face it. You can be great at what you do, and still get the cold sweats when you hear terms…

Every business should run an employee background check on potential staff members to be absolutely sure that they are hiring the right person for the job. From a personal reference check to credential checks, criminal background checks and other employee background checks, you probably have a long list of things to investigate before you make an offer….

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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