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December 28, 2017
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New California laws and pre-adverse letters

When a potential employer is considering not hiring an applicant due to their criminal history, they must follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) protocol.
 
In California this goes further, as new employers must inform the applicant using specific written notifications warning of potential adverse action.

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December 20, 2017
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JPM's employee screening failures offer lessons in background checks, records

Reuters reports that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has fined J.P. Morgan Chase & Co  $1.25 million ffor lapses in background checks shows the importance to compliance of ensuring proper employee screening.

FINRA fined J.P. Morgan Securities for incomplete background checks on 95 percent of its non-registered associate employees from January 2009 through May 2017. The failures violated regulatory imperatives and prevented the firm from determining whether these persons would have been otherwise disqualified from working at the firm.

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November 28, 2017
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Zuma's former bodyguard appointed as criminal intelligence boss despite fake credentials

A former bodyguard of President Jacob Zuma, who was accused of submitting a fake matric certificate to the South African Police Service (SAPS), has been appointed as the acting head of crime intelligence.
 
In a statement, Police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said King Bhoyi Ngcobo brings to the position a “wealth of policing experience”. Ngcobo was previously Head of VIP Protection Services, and was one of President Jacob Zuma's most trusted bodyguards for more than 20 years.
 
In February, City Press reported that Ngcobo was promoted to Head of VIP Protection Services, despite not having the required NQF Level 6. In addition to his protection services role, Ngcobo is a former crime intelligence officer.

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