Discovery of Sex Offenders Employed in Theme Parks Sparks Need for Stronger Background Checks

iStock_000015651642SmallSince 2006 at least 40 employees of national theme parks have been arrested for trying to elicit sex from minors, possessing child pornography, and committing other sex crimes involving children. These child predators worked at parks such as Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld. While none of these cases involved the children visiting these supposedly child friendly parks, these potentially dangerous employees put the safety of visiting children at risk.

This pattern of theme parks hiring employees with a history of committing child sex crimes is shocking and disturbing. Recently, 16 sex predators, some of which being theme park employees, were caught in a Florida sex sting operations. But how do these predators even become employed at children’s parks?

Disney World Spokesperson, Jacquee Wahler maintains that Disney works “closely with law enforcement and organizations like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children” in order to strengthen efforts against hiring sex predators. She also states that they “have extensive measures in place, including pre-employment and ongoing criminal background checks and computer monitoring and firewalls.” Universal Studios and SeaWorld also described having thorough background checks. Still, despite these attempts, some sex offenders manage to get hired.

Ernie Allen, co-founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, speculates that this may be because most child predators don’t have criminal records. However, he points out that there is more that companies can do to prevent hiring sex predators. For instance, in the future, these companies could perform more diligent sex offender registry research and sex offender background checks in addition to their general pre-employment and background checks. By strengthening their pre-employment research and background checks, theme parks can avoid this disastrous scandal in the future.

 

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Philadelphia Eagles Player Targeted in Bank Fraud Scheme

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A Philadelphia Eagles player was the victim of theft by a person he trusted – an employee of a security firm. Late last month, Eagles offensive lineman, Todd Herremans made news headlines, but not for an Eagles victory. A 37-year-old man named Robert von Ryan is charged with bank fraud, allegedly stealing more than $225,000 from Herremans’ bank account.

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Government Shutdown and its Impact on HR

For the first time in 17 years, portions of the united states government are closed as the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White house were unable to reach an agreement to fund the federal government for the 2014 fiscal year.

While the affects of this government shutdown are broad and far reaching, the main cause for concern for human resource professionals should be that a number of government organizations such as; e-verify, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), have been either shutdown or severely limited.

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Failed Employment Screening in Washington Navy Yard Shooting

Former navy reservist and contractor, Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington D.C. navy base where he worked, killing 13 people. With no pre-written note or additional suspects to interview, investigators now search for answers while others are left wondering the inevitable questions, how and why.

On Monday, September 16 the navy computer technician drove his car onto the base, walked to building 197 and entered with his work-issued security card to open the door, carrying with him a black bag. He would then carryout his attack in the atrium of that building.

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Anatomy of a Background Check

Lately, there has been quite a bit of discourse on the topic of background screening in the news. Between the EEOC suing Dollar General and BMW over their alleged discriminatory screening practices, the Philadelphia building collapse in June,and the Snowden/NSA information leaking case, there’s certainly plenty to discuss. But what exactly is a background check?

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Minimize White-Collar Crime in the Workplace

White-collar crime is on track to cost the USA more than $300 billion annually, with the trend steadily growing as technology takes a prominent role in day-to-day business, according to the FBI. White-collar crime is defined as nonviolent financial crimes – commercial or consumer fraud, embezzlement, bribery, etc.

Recently, Mike Levy, Chief of Computer Crimes, U.S. Attorney’s Office, presented “White-Collar Crime: Are You At Risk?” to Fort Washington Business Alliance (FWBA) members at Talamore Country Club in Pennsylvania. Mr. Levy shared how businesses can proactively prevent cyber-crime by managing disgruntled employees, installing software updates and uncovering phishing scams.

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Top 10 Background Check Trends for 2013

The rising popularity of background checks has given rise to new trends for vetting new hires and employees by organizations across the U.S.The growth of background checks also permeates other areas such as screening of volunteers, contractors, business partners, board members, housing tenants and even purchasers of guns. Here’s a list of the latest 10 ten trends for 2013 complied by First Contact HR.

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Hiring Concerns in Philadelphia Building Collapse

Center City, Philadelphia was faced with a tragic event Wednesday, June 5 when a building came crumbling down onto an adjacent building on 22nd and Market Streets. A total of six lives were lost and 13 people injured as rescue crews excavated bodies and survivors from the rubble.

A two-story wall of a building being demolished came down around 10:30am EST onto a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store below. The loss of life in this demolition accident is tragic, and now people are asking the questions: why and how did this happen?

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Background Checks on Summer Interns?

Another school year is coming to a close, summer is just a few weeks away and hundreds of thousands of students who have been vying for coveted summer internships will soon begin their work. For the students, these internships can be invaluable learning opportunities and are often necessary stepping-stones for their career paths or higher education.

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Three Drug Abuse and Detection Trends Employers Need to Know

Quest Diagnostics has recently released a new report on work-related drug testing and the associated trends. The comprehensive report details comparisons between 2011 and the first half of 2012 (January to June) and reveals some striking facts about the state of drug use in a sample of job seekers. The data they collected comes from more than 3.4 million drug tests handled in 2012. Below are the three most significant trends gleaned from the report.

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