Month: August 2017

Employee Background Verification – Discrepancy Statistics for August 2017

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Here are the high level monthly discrepancy statistics for August 2017.

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We observed that 1.2% of the overall number of cases had discrepancies (could be major or minor).

Next, let us look at the breakup of the discrepancies to identify further which types of components (checks) were the source of these discrepancies. These discrepancies were in employment verification (accounting for 75% of the total discrepancy) and address verification (accounting for 25% of the total discrepancy).

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Schools and a new need – background verification

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Guru Goviund doiu Khade, Kake lagu pav
Balihari guru apne, Govind diyo bataye!

Once, Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati were holding court when all deities were paying their respect to them. While this was going on, suddenly Lord Shiva stood up, turned and offered namaskaram to someone. Devi Parvati was very surprised and asked who was the recipient of namaskaram of God of Gods – Lord Shiva?

Lord Shiva, after taking blessing from him, spoke to Devi Parvati and said he was honouring – the Guru!

Exactly that position is held by gurus in India. We give that much respect to our gurus-teachers. And why not, after all they are the ones who lead us from darkness to light.

Let’s see few headlines from newspapers:

A 42-year-old headmaster of a private school in Puducherry’s Karaikal district has been arrested on the charge of sexually harassing a kindergarten girl student, 5-years old.

 A physical education teacher of a government aided higher secondary school in Tamil Nadu has been arrested on the charge of sexually harassing a Class 8 girl student.

 A secondary grade teacher of a primary school at Sultanpet, on the outskirts of the city, was suspended for allegedly sexually harassing a Class 5 student.

 An eight years old girl from Maxfort School, Rohini, Delhi was molested by a teacher for a second time in April this year, the last time being in August last year, within the school premises. 

 Another incident that came into light was that of one of Bangalore’s Vibgyor High school, where a six year old girl was allegedly molested by a school staff person.

 The headmaster of a government school in West Bengal was arrested today for allegedly sexually harassing several schoolgirls.

These are just a few incidents which were reported and hence came to our notice; you can well imagine the number of cases which go unreported!

Children are extremely vulnerable and the place which should protect them is where all these heinous crimes have happened. Few teachers, whom we refer to as gurus, have become predators! Instead of protecting the children, they have chosen a disgusting alternate path.

The first thing that comes to mind is – What’s wrong with the world?

Well, I guess in such a time, we need to protect our children, even in schools. How do we protect children in schools? What is the way out?

Background Verification!

Your mind may say – Why, why background verification for school-associated employees and how is it going to curb such incidents?

Another recent incident –

A teacher behaved inappropriately with the student and when the administrator came to know the same, he was sacked. The parents were too weak to report the case; they felt their child will have a bad name. School didn’t report out of fear of having a bad name too. So, the teacher was simply shown the door.

This teacher took up another teaching job in another school. He repeated the same thing there too.

Had the new school done background verification on this teacher, the new school wouldn’t have hired him and most importantly, a child’s faith on a school and on the world wouldn’t have been destroyed.

schoolI guess, time has come when we need to turn few pages of every one’s lives to see, if that person is worth the responsibility! Every school should be proud to have all employees, who pass background verification tests. Background check results should be one of the strongest points to attract more parents to get their child/children enrolled in that school. And why not, safety comes before everything!

The ones, who are in danger, are the ones who need us to protect them. If any damage is done, it is going to be there throughout their lives. Their faith is going to be devastated. The damage is permanent!

Let’s take this seriously. Let’s take this up urgently. Information holds power – let’s be informed, let’s be powerful and let us keep the faith of our children – intact.

How Safe Really Are Our Children In School?

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Blog ImageI sit to write this blog after reading the horrendous news of last week’s incident of the alleged rape of a 4-year-old girl at a Mumbai school by a peon. As the mother of a 5 year old myself, it breaks my heart to think of the anguish and trauma the little child must have gone through and what the distraught parents must be going through themselves.

Cases that were brought forth by the media recently:-

1. KVM Ludhiana sexual assault case – School under scanner for concealing offence, girls aged 3 to 6 from primary section were being sexually assaulted and molested by the staff of the school.

2. Nainital: Parents of a six-year-old girl student, along with city residents, staged a protest outside a private school in Haldwani accusing a staff member of sexually assaulting their daughter and demanding his immediate arrest.

3. Bengaluru: The alleged sexual assault on a three-year-old girl in the Marathahalli franchise of a preschool chain on Feb 17, 2017 triggered a campaign by angry parents.

4. Mumbai: Director of an international school in Mumbai booked for sexually abusing 3-year-old.

Schools today market their infrastructure, facilities, faculty, curriculum, etc. How come no schools markets – providing a ‘Safe and secure environment’ to the children. Either it’s not important enough or it’s implied, that providing a safe and secure environment goes without saying. Well, if it does, why do we see such news? Where are we going wrong?

Our government has framed policies to reduce the weight of our kid’s school bags, yet we haven’t framed a policy that focuses on our children’s safety within the school premises.

Last year it was made mandatory for schools both private and government to install CCTV cameras on the school premises. This too was issued when the Mumbai high court brought up a case in which a junior school student was assaulted by a school staff. Media post this order, again brought to light 2 assault cases on school premises. It can be said, that the aforementioned order did not bring in any significant change and neither was it a deterrent of any sort.

Being subject matter experts in verification services, we recommend, that schools should instate strict policies while hiring teachers, staff and support staff. A school/ educational institution needs to be extremely careful while hiring its staff.

Not only should a school be screening staff on their educational qualifications but should also be screening their criminal background, address, ID’s and social media presence. Most schools save time, money and effort when it comes to background checks. How many more incidents will it take for schools to take this check seriously?

We protect our child/children with utmost care while they are with us. What do we do when they are out of our care? In schools, for example, where the onus of responsibility for the child shifts on other people. We as parents and guardians have to put our foot down and demand that schools verify the staff they bring on board.

It’s time to get assertive, it’s time to ensure our children’s schools begin screening new recruits and verify the existing ones!

Let’s make our schools safe and secure!

Background verification – Finding new grounds

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Background verification, at the moment, doesn’t need an introduction. The number of crimes, frauds, cheats, scams and similar drama has increased, and so has the need for background verification. Background verification started for the white collar employees and has spread its wings to blue collar and pink collar employees, brides, grooms, tenants and so on. The list is now endless.

All of us want to be safe rather than being sorry. Isn’t it?

Recently, I met an old friend of mine. Generally a happy girl looked quiet sad and her husband was also in some kind of shock. Eventually, she mentioned the reason for the sadness. Well, all I can say is, just a bit of presence of mind and a bit of more carefulness, could be have changed the cards completely.

This couple were looking for a good land deal. From the online sites, dealing in real estates, they found a piece of land, at a suitable location and the budget was within their reach. They contacted the dealer.

After a few meetings, the deal was closed. The couple personally checked all the original documents. They wanted to be sure. Being novice at land dealings, trust was a factor which convinced them more than the documents.

They were super convinced by the dealer and had faith that he, being such an old man, won’t do any wrong. The dealer also cooperated well and showed all the documents.

They chose an auspicious date and the deal was sealed and they assumed, that the land was theirs now.

Now, in many land deals, there are no loan facilities. You have to pay in cash/cheque/draft. This couple paid in cheque. The entire amount. A huge amount. Their entire savings.

After purchasing that land, they met an architect, showed him their land, shared how their house should look like and got the whole blue print, for their new house, ready. They were quite excited about the entire project, and these few months were like a dream come true.

The blue print was sent to the municipal corporation for approval. The result came as a nightmare.
The same plot has been registered under three different names.

They did a police complaint and everything, but the person who sold them the land is still not caught. Their money is gone. All of it.

16 augThis is not something which is uncommon these days. What’s the escape?

When investing such a huge amount of money, can’t we add in a simple step before closing a deal? Background verification.

If this couple had undertaken a background verification for the plot, the fraudulent seller would have been in the lockup. The entire history of who owned the land and when and who is the owner of the land at this moment, would be out.

Their hard earned money would be still with them. Safe.

Just to save some time and some money, don’t lose everything you own. Next time you think of a good plot, think of background verification. It’s time to be smarter. Information is currency, get a background verification done.

The ABC of background verification

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In recent times, the term ‘background verification’ seems to be used around a lot, especially in relation with jobs and employment, of any sort. It is only natural to wonder, because its meaning is quite vague, despite being obvious. Questions such as ‘What is a background check?’ or ‘What will be verified?’ are common and crucial to the understanding of background verification.

What is meant by background verification?

A background verification or background check, by definition, refers to a comprehensive review of a person’s criminal, commercial and (often) financial records and history. Employers may perform background verification on present employees, potential candidates for employment and also of existing employees in the fold from time to time. It is done not only to confirm the information given in the job application by potential candidates, but also in order to verify the person’s identity and to ensure that the said individual, does not have a history of criminal activity, financial defaulting, etc that could pose to be an issue upon their employment in the organization. Background verification, at different levels, has become a major aspect of hiring/recruitment or for the purpose of educational application these days.

An overview of the background verification process

The background verification process varies from one organization to another. Typically, at a very basic level, employers will verify if the credentials provided in the application matches not only the supporting documents that were provided, but also the records of the institution or organisation that the candidate previously worked at. Also, checks are undertaken by means of speaking to people who are sure to be objective in their opinion about the person, i.e. previous employers, superiors, mangers, etc.

Drug tests are an important aspect that is often overlooked. Drug testing can bring to light cases of substance abuse, if any. A candidates address – permanent, or current, or both can be verified by a physical visit to the submitted address. Criminal checks are of various kinds – Database, Court record and lawyer check. Herein, an employer can verify if the candidate has had any criminal or civil proceeding against him/her. Candidates submitting identity proofs can also be verified, whether or not they are genuine or fake. As we know, getting a fake ID made doesn’t cost a fortune.

Employers today are going a step ahead and securing their workplaces by getting social media scans done, wherein candidates social media handles are scanned and screened for any unwanted affiliation and association. Also, social media profiles and usage depict volumes about a candidate’s psyche and social/moral inclination.

What is and is not included in a background check?

Aspects like a ‘Character check’ are very sensitive matters and subjective in nature. These cannot be covered or captured by background verification. Also, a candidate’s future behavioural pattern cannot be predicted or forecasted. We can trace patterns, if any unwanted behaviour/s have been documented or been observed. However, future behavioural patterns cannot be outlined by any given check.

Now that you have an idea about the background verification, you can see why it is needed for any potential/existing employee/s. If an employer (be it an individual or a firm or an institution) accepts a candidate for a position without verifying their credentials and background, they may have committed a grave error that could potentially cost them heavily to rectify, if too late. In today’s highly competitive and cutthroat competitive scenario, no individual or organization can afford to make such a blunder.

A background check is the only viable solution, upholding the adage that prevention is better than cure.

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Employee Background Verification – Discrepancy Statistics for July 2017

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Here are the high level monthly discrepancy statistics for July 2017.

We observed that 0.5% of the overall number of cases had discrepancies (could be major or minor).

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Next, let us look at the breakup of the discrepancies to identify further which types of components (checks) were the source of these discrepancies. These discrepancies were in education verification (accounting for 100% of the total discrepancy).

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