What is a Diploma Mill?

What is a Diploma Mill?
Pursuing higher education can be expensive and time-consuming, requiring years of hard work and dedication. The persistence and wherewithal necessary to earn a degree are arguably as valuable as the knowledge and skills obtained through course studies. College graduates are in high demand and those who opted out of attending...

How Far is Too Far – Or Not Far Enough?

How Far is Too Far – Or Not Far Enough?
How far back into someone’s past is far enough when checking criminal records? By law, that limit is set at 7 to 10 years, depending on the state. In Hawaii specifically, criminal records remain reportable for up to 10 years. After two young women were allegedly sexually assaulted by a...

Live-In Nanny Nightmare

Live-In Nanny Nightmare
The Bracamonte family of Upland, California have a houseguest who has overstayed her welcome. Unlike most houseguests, though, she isn’t a family member or friend; she is a live-in nanny who doesn’t work, refuses to be fired, and won’t move out. Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte hired Diane Stretton, 64, as...

Montana Now Screening School Bus Drivers

Montana Now Screening School Bus Drivers
School bus drivers in the state of Montana are now required to pass criminal background checks. While this new ruling from the state Board of Public Education is great news to students and parents, the question remains – why weren’t criminal background checks required before now? It seems the sudden...

Another FCRA Suit – Home Depot Accused

Another FCRA Suit – Home Depot Accused
Another lawsuit regarding alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) violations is topping headlines this month, this time accusing the retail giant, Home Depot. Lead plaintiff Trent Henderson alledges the company has a habit of running background checks on prospective employees and taking adverse action against said applicants without following proper...

Sexual Assault of Seniors – A Growing Concern

Sexual Assault of Seniors – A Growing Concern
Elder abuse is a real threat in today’s society. From identity theft to neglect, seniors have been targeted and victimized by friend and foe alike. A recent study performed by researchers at La Trobe University in Australia has been bringing attention to another, often overlooked form of mistreatment – sexual...

Toddlers Left in Hot Car While Nanny Goes Tanning

Toddlers Left in Hot Car While Nanny Goes Tanning
Summer is on its way and as the temperatures rise, so do the dangers associated with heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Recent headlines have been ablaze with incidents related to “hot car” deaths, most famously the case involving a Georgia family and the tragedy involving their...

Learning the Importance of Background Checks – The Hard Way

Learning the Importance of Background Checks – The Hard Way
Susan and Jason Burk of Sharpsburg, Georgia learned a lesson about trust recently. Unfortunately for the Burks, that lesson was hard-learned. “She seemed like the girl next door,” said Susan Burk of the cleaning lady they had hired in June. “We were so happy to have found her.” Little did...

CEO Steps Down After Criminal Past is Discovered

CEO Steps Down After Criminal Past is Discovered
Multiple arrests, over two years of jail time for embezzling a former employer, and misrepresented educational qualifications – not what you would expect to find when looking into the background of the Executive Director & CEO of a charter management organization; however, such information was recently brought to light in...