Prominent scholar fired for lying about a Ph.D.

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CNN reported this week that a lie about earning a Ph.D. cost a Syria expert her job as an analyst days after her op-ed in the Wall Street Journal was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain in congressional hearings about possible U.S. military action in the war-torn country. Elizabeth O’Bagy, […]

Romanians and Bulgarians working in UK up 26%

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The BBC have reported today that “The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK rose by a quarter in three months, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics said 141,000 were employed from April to June compared with 112,000 in the previous three months, up nearly 26%. Temporary restrictions on the […]

ID check discrepancies at an all-time high.

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The trend of increasing discrepancies in background screenings continues to rise for a 2nd consecutive quarter with 60% of screenings undertaken by HireRight in EMEA during Q2 2013 containing at least one inaccuracy or lie. Q2 2013 also revealed all-time highs in the discrepancy rate on professional membership and qualification verifications (35% of these checks […]

Some more evidence to invest in the first line of defence

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Employment application fraud is the number one insider threat to organisations, representing 48% of all the staff fraud cases reported to the CIFAS Staff Fraud Database during the first six months of 2013.  written by Arjun Medhi, Staff Fraud Operations Manager, CIFAS – The UK’s Fraud Prevention Service In my previous HireRight blog post, I […]

Banking Commission propose regular monitoring of senior executives.

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The Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards had made a recommendation to replace the Approved Person’s Vetting Regime with a Senior Person’s Regime which would include regular monitoring of the most senior bankers. In place of a one-off judgement of suitability on appointment, regulators would require on-going monitoring and executives would be held accountable for failure […]