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Employment is the Top Discrepancy Type in APAC

According to the 'First Advantage Employment Screening Trends Report: Asia Pacific' results with a discrepancy in employment history have increased by 13.6% year-over-year in Asia Pacific. In general, APAC employers have increased their use of background screening, with 40.4% of all cases subjected to at least six checks in Q1 2013, compared to 38.5% last year. The report found that employers who conduct six background checks or more were nearly nine times more likely to uncover an alert (26% discrepancy), compared to those who conducted only one or two checks (3%). There has also been a growing trend toward "infinity screening."

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Employers to Receive More Access to Cross-Tasman Criminal History Checks

Australian and New Zealand employers are to have greater access to respective national criminal history checks for employment vetting purposes. The move follows a successful trial of criminal history information sharing between Queensland and New Zealand. "As the movement of workers between Australia and New Zealand has grown it makes sense that employers in both Australia and New Zealand have access to the type of background information that is available for local workers," Senator Brandis said.

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-DATA PROTECTION & PRIVACY- Australian Privacy Act Changes Smell SOXish

The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 was passed in November 2012 and includes a new set of harmonised privacy principles that regulate the handling of personal information by both Australian businesses and government agencies. Unfortunately, these commendable changes introduce problems that reflect the ambiguity of the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) legislation in the U.S. Enacted in 2002, the SOX law enhanced standards for U.S. public company boards, management and public accounting firms that required top management to

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