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New Report Identifies Major Flaws with Fingerprint Background Checks—Employment Screening’s Supposed “Gold Standard” - May 10, 2016

SterlingBackcheck: Results are hampered by data limitations and other problems, yet legislators are increasingly proposing that fingerprint checks be required for certain industries.

NEW YORK, May 10, 2016—Many legislators and employers view FBI and state fingerprint checks as the gold standard of background screening, but a new report by SterlingBackcheck (www.sterlingbackcheck.com), one of the world’s largest background screening companies, reveals this to be a misconception.

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TalentWise Becomes Workday Certified Solution Partner - April 29, 2016

BOTHELL, Wash., April 6, 2016 - TalentWise, a SterlingBackcheck Company and Workday software partner, today announced that it has achieved Workday Certified Solution Partner status. With this certification, TalentWise can now provide customers with a real-time, bidirectional integration that seamlessly connects Workday Recruiting with TalentWise Hire, a leading SaaS platform for background and drug screening and other pre-employment services.

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SterlingBackcheck Completes Merger with TalentWise - January 27, 2016

NEW YORK, January 27, 2016 – SterlingBackcheck, one of the world’s largest background screening companies, announced today that it has completed its merger with TalentWise, one of the most innovative and fastest growing companies in the background screening industry. The merger was first announced on Jan. 6, 2016. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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SterlingBackcheck Announces Merger with TalentWise - January 06, 2016

NEW YORK, January 6, 2016 – SterlingBackcheck, one of the world's largest background screening companies, announced today that it has agreed to merge with TalentWise, one of the most innovative and fastest growing companies in the background screening industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. By joining with TalentWise, SterlingBackcheck will be able to provide broader services that support its clients throughout the hiring process.

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SterlingBackcheck Ranked Number 442 Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte's 2015 Technology Fast 500 - November 16, 2015

NEW YORK, November 14, 2015 – SterlingBackcheck, one of the largest background screening companies in the world, today announced it ranked No. 442 on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. SterlingBackcheck grew 134.5 percent between 2011 and 2014.

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SterlingBackcheck Acquires EmployeeScreenIQ, a Global Provider of Background Screening Services - November 03, 2015

NEW YORK, November 3, 2015 – SterlingBackcheck, one of the world’s largest background screening companies, announced today that it has acquired EmployeeScreenIQ, a global provider of employment background checks and substance abuse screening services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Kwantek Content Syndication - October 22, 2015

SterlingBackcheck, a leader in global background screening, partners with strategic alliance Kwantek, to contribute to the article, Avoid Costly Mistakes, published in October issue of Business Services Magazine. The article explores how compliant background screening can save your organization from costly fines or reputational damage.

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Notice to SterlingBackcheck clients relying on the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework - October 06, 2015

On October 6 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared that the US-EU Safe Harbor framework (Safe Harbor) is invalid.

Safe Harbor allowed for the transfer of personal data belonging to European citizens to US self-certified businesses in compliance with the strict data transfer requirements laid down by the European Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC).

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SterlingBackcheck Appoints Billy Goldstein As Head of M&A - October 05, 2015

NEW YORK, October 5, 2015 – SterlingBackcheck, the world's largest company dedicated solely to background screening, announced today that Billy Goldstein has joined the company as senior vice president for mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Goldstein joins SterlingBackcheck as it accelerates its ambitious multi-year strategy of domestic and global corporate expansion.

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Clare Hart on The CEO Show - September 17, 2015

September 17, 2015 - Listen to our CEO Clare Hart give a recent interview podcast for the CEO Show with Robert Reiss. In the interview, she gives an overview of our company and services; what sets us apart, the importance of background screening today both pre and post-hire, and how we’ve investing in innovative technology to enable timely, accurate, secure and fully compliant background checks around the globe.

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Alcohol Abuse: Are Employers Adequately Testing? - August 26, 2015

During the evening of May 30th, 2012, a drunk driver on a Louisiana highway crashed into a minivan carrying 7 people ranging in age from 6 to 64. All but one 13 year-old were killed at the scene. The 13 year-old was taken off life support 4 days later.

The drunk driver, whose blood/alcohol content more than 2 hours following the crash measured 0.15 (nearly twice Louisiana’s legal limit), was arrested by state police at the time of the crash, but released the next day on bond. After the 13-year old passed away, the driver was again arrested with various upgraded charges, including 7 counts of vehicular homicide.

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Executive Level Screening - Leave nothing unchecked. Dig deeper. Choose wisely. - August 26, 2015

What you don’t know CAN hurt you. An in-depth investigation determines what the applicant isn’t telling the employer. And there’s nothing more valuable than knowing you have the right facts, especially when it comes to selecting your executive level candidates.

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The Work Opportunity Tax Credit. Earn More With Less Effort. - July 28, 2015

As an employer, you know that thorough background screening is a vital step in the hiring process and critical to your business. It not only helps you make smarter and more confident hiring decisions, it more importantly protects your workplace, employees, company’s reputation and brand. But while it is a must-have, as with all HR programs, it’s doesn’t come free. A comprehensive, effective screening program needs to be budgeted.

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Oregon Ban the Box - June 29, 2015

On 6/25/2015, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed HB 3025 adding Oregon to the list of states that have “Banned the Box.” The law makes it an unlawful practice for an employer to exclude an applicant from an initial interview solely because of a past criminal conviction.

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Strengthen Your Drug Screening Program. Safeguard Your Workplace. - June 24, 2015

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the annual cost of substance abuse to U.S. employers totals $81 billion, and 70% of Americans who use illegal drugs are in fact employed*. Given this harsh reality, as an employer it is important that you promote workplace safety by implementing an effective, reliable drug screening program.

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SterlingBackcheck Celebrates 40th Birthday at SHRM Expo - June 19, 2015

NEW YORK, NY (June 22, 2015) - SterlingBackcheck, one of the largest background screening companies in the world, announces today that it will introduce the world’s first fun, interactive HR stress test during the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, June 28--July 1, 2015. The conference will serve as the backdrop for SterlingBackcheck’s 40th anniversary, where the company will host celebration activities during the conference.

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Goldman Sachs and CDPQ to Invest in SterlingBackcheck - June 08, 2015

NEW YORK, NY — June 8, 2015— SterlingBackcheck, one of the largest background screening companies in the world, today announced that the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs (“Goldman Sachs”) and La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”), have agreed to acquire a majority interest in the company. Goldman Sachs and CDPQ will be replacing Calera Capital, a private equity firm based in San Francisco and Boston. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Podcast: Harris Bornstein Provides Insights Into Background Screening Trends and Technology at PeopleMatter Collaborate ’15 - May 14, 2015

Our very own Harris Bornstein, Director of Strategic Channel Partnerships, was recently interviewed by Clark Buckner, Technology Advice, at the PeopleMatter Collaborate Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, for their Expert Interview Podcast Series. Listen to the podcast recording for Harris’ insights into background screening trends by industry, hot topics in compliance, and ATS integration.

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New Suite of Program Reports & Analytics within Screening Direct - April 29, 2015

We’re excited to introduce a new suite of background screening program reports launching this quarter for all SterlingBackcheck clients on Screening Direct. These reports enable you to manage and monitor your screening program much easier, in a more streamlined, transparent fashion.

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Survey Reveals Majority of Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail and Education Contractors Go Unscreened and Compliance Remains Low Priority - April 21, 2015

More than half of companies in healthcare, manufacturing, retail and education do not require a background check for their temporary employees and contract workers, according to SterlingBackcheck's 2015-2016 Background Screening Trends and Best Practice Report.

The full report provides insights from employers and HR managers on screening protocols, from social media use in screening to hiring practices and compliance concerns.

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Ban the Box Laws: Is Your Company Compliant? - March 30, 2015

The explosion of ban-the-box laws around the country is poised to become the employment law trend of 2015.  Ban-the-box laws typically prohibit employers from inquiring about a candidate’s prior criminal convictions on a job application.  Different laws require businesses either to wait until after they have conducted a first job interview or have extended a conditional job offer.  With more than 60 states, cities, and/or counties enacting ban the box legislation with varying thresholds, varying requirements, and varying exceptions, compliance may be challenging to those employers even with the best of intentions. 

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New Look, Expanded Operations and Impactful Updates - March 30, 2015

We are proud and excited to unveil the new Bishops logo and website which is part of an ongoing evolution of the Bishop’s brand and longstanding commitment to quality. Over the past eighteen months, we have been laser-focused on growing our business and continuously investing in new, innovative solutions for the investigative and screening services you’ve relied on for over 100 years (and counting).

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SterlingBackcheck and REVAA Create Innovative Appraiser Background Screening Solution - March 11, 2015

SterlingBackcheck, the world’s most trusted background screening company, and the Real Estate Valuation Advocacy Association (REVAA), an industry trade association comprised of the nation’s leading appraisal management companies (AMC), have joined forces to save money for appraisers and promote continued homeowner safety.

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SterlingBackcheck Appoints Clare Hart as CEO - January 22, 2015

As we head into 2015, I’m excited to step into the role of CEO for SterlingBackcheck.  For nearly 40 years, this company has been dedicated to helping employers protect their companies, employees and assets.  Under my leadership, our single-minded mission remains the same and this year, we will pursue this mission with new technologies, ideas and resources.

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A Client-Focused, Data Driven Model for Product Development - January 22, 2015

It’s a new year and at SterlingBackcheck, we’re excited about all that lies ahead. One of our ongoing key initiatives is to re-design our data strategy to better align with client needs when it comes to accessing, configuring and reporting data & analytics. Data is an important component of customer service delivery, however is often overlooked or misunderstood. Enabling client with greater control over their data and reporting provides faster, more comprehensive insights needed to better manage background screening programs, especially when it comes to tracking transactions, volume, turnaround time, and much more.

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Correct Your Form I-9s Now To Help Avoid Costly Fines Later - December 10, 2014

You may believe your archived paper Form I-9s are no longer relevant and can be discarded. The fact is that failure to comply with employment eligibility and I-9 verification on new and archived Form I-9s is a significant risk for many companies.

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SterlingBackcheck Announces The Appointment Of Clare Hart As CEO - December 02, 2014

SterlingBackcheck, a leading global background screening company, announced today that Clare Hart, the company’s current president, will assume the role of chief executive officer and become a member of the company’s board of directors effective January 1, 2015. William Greenblatt, SterlingBackcheck’s current CEO, will become chairman, overseeing the company’s growth and strategy. Greenblatt has led the company for 39 years since its founding. The planned CEO transition is part of the company’s multiyear strategy of domestic and global expansion.

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Random Testing and DOT Audit Preparedness - November 10, 2014

Resulting from growing concerns surrounding substance abuse by American workers, President Reagan’s 1986 executive order mandated every federal agency to implement a drug-free workplace program (DFWP). Eventually, and after recognizing that swift action was needed with regards to employers in transportation industries following tragic accidents that had occurred, the United States Congress enacted the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act (OTETA) of 1991.

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Snapshots and Dashboards: New Enhancements to Screening Direct™ - October 08, 2014

If you’re not already familiar with Screening Direct™, it’s our cloud-based, proprietary technology platform that unifies your candidate orders and data into a single workflow where you can easily place orders, manage tasks, monitor status and view candidate records.  Highly secure and regularly updated to meet evolving compliance standards, you can seamlessly manage even the most complex screening program. And now, we’ve also added two new features to make your Screening Direct™ user experience even better!

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SterlingBackcheck Named to Inc 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies For 2014 - September 18, 2014

Ranking Marks the 5th Time the Company has Been Recognized in the Inc. 5000 List

New York, NY – SterlingBackcheck, a world leader in the background screening industry, today announced that it has been named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list for 2014, marking the fifth time the company has been recognized. Sterling was ranked the 9th fastest-growing private company in the human resources sector by revenue, and 2,525 overall.

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Strengthen Your Executive-Level Hiring Program with a Bishops Executive Hiring Report - September 10, 2014

Executives are the glue that hold a company together. They are the visionaries that can lead, inspire innovation, drive growth, and move your business forward. At least, that is what a good executive should be – someone you can trust with highly sensitive information and your most critical corporate responsibilities. But what happens when that trust is broken? When a seemingly perfect executive hire turns bad?

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2014 SterlingBackcheck Product Road Map Highlights - September 10, 2014

Here at SterlingBackcheck, we’ve laid out an ambitious road map of new products and services that we want to build in 2014 – all designed to help you hire and retain a safer and more effective workforce. As we cross over the halfway mark in the year, we’ve introduced a total of 63 enhancements.

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SterlingBackcheck Introduces a New End-to-End I-9 Management Solution - August 05, 2014

Form I-9 is one of the facts of HR life – you have to do it.  But for something so seemingly straightforward, it can be uncomfortably tricky, as evidenced by Infosys and their recent, historic $34 million Form I-9 fine. 

That’s why we are excited to announce our new end-to-end digital and mobile-enabled I-9 Management Solution designed to make the entire I-9 completion process as easy and painless as possible. From form completion, to real-time validation, audit, remediation, data migration, storage, and extensive remote hiring services, this new comprehensive solution provides enterprise class tools at an affordable cost companies of any size can benefit from.

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SterlingBackcheck Demystifies Background Checks on Jobline - July 30, 2014

Richard Seldon, President, demystifies background checks with Scott Passeser of Executive Alliance on Radio Jobline.

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I-9 Advantage Announces Partnership with SterlingBackcheck to Deliver Form I-9 and E-Verify Software Solutions - July 24, 2014

Form I-9 & E-Verify solutions integrated with background screening to streamline hiring process

DETROIT, July, 24nd, 2014 – I-9 Advantage™ the leading provider of cloud-based Form I-9 and E-Verify software announced today a new partnership with SterlingBackcheck, the world’s most trusted global background screening provider.

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SterlingBackcheck Appoints Martin H. Brodbeck as New Chief Technology Officer - July 10, 2014

Technology Veteran Continues to Bolster SterlingBackcheck’s Senior Leadership Team

NEW YORK, July 10, 2014 – SterlingBackcheck, the world’s most trusted background screening company, announces the appointment of Martin Brodbeck as its new Chief Technology Officer. Brodbeck is the most recent senior executive to join the SterlingBackcheck leadership team as it builds and executes on an ambitious multiyear strategy of domestic and global corporate expansion

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Why Pre-Employment Background Screening Is Not Enough - July 07, 2014

As an HR professional or business owner, you understand the importance of pre-hire applicant background screening better than anyone. It is a vital part of the recruiting process, protecting your business from risks such as fraud, theft, workplace violence and negligent hiring.

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SterlingBackcheck Showcases New Form I-9 Solution at Annual SHRM Conference - June 20, 2014

At Booth 2645, SterlingBackcheck will launch a comprehensive new I-9 management solution as well as demonstrate its exclusive post-hire employee monitoring service.

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New Options for Criminal Searches, Verifications and Self-Payment - June 03, 2014

2014 has been an exciting year so far for SterlingBackcheck and we’re just getting started! Here are several important new products that may benefit your screening program.

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SterlingBackcheck Partners with The National Association of Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS) and Aspen Grove Solutions to Offer Industry-Wide Background Screening Solution Through Aspen iRecord - May 30, 2014

SterlingBackcheck, the world’s most trusted background screening company, Aspen Grove Solutions and the National Association of Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS) are pleased to announce the addition of SterlingBackcheck to the industrywide background screening solution Aspen iRecord™ 

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Baltimore Ban the Box Update - May 20, 2014

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed legislation to ban the box for private employers. This legislation prohibits certain employers from conducting a criminal background check or otherwise inquiring into an applicant’s criminal record until a conditional offer of employment has been made. 

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SterlingBackcheck Welcomes Bob Maguire as Head of Global Sales - May 06, 2014

SterlingBackcheck, the world’s most trusted background screening company, is pleased to welcome Bob Maguire as the Executive Vice President for Global Sales. Maguire is the newest executive to join SterlingBackcheck’s leadership team as it builds and executes on an ambitious multi-year strategy of domestic and global corporate expansion.

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Sterling Infosystems Changes Name to SterlingBackcheck - May 01, 2014

Sterling Infosystems, a world leader in the background screening industry, announced today that it has changed its brand name to SterlingBackcheck. The new name reflects the company’s astonishing growth over the past seven years, including the 2012 acquisition of BackCheck, Canada’s leading background screening company. The Sterling brand is well-established in the US and recognized as one of the largest and most well-respected background screening companies. The decision to add Backcheck to the name is part of the company’s global growth strategy.  

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EEOC and FTC Offer Joint Tips on Background Checks for Employment Purposes - March 31, 2014

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have released two joint publications in order to provide both employers and potential employees with information and tips regarding background checks for employment purposes...

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New San Francisco Ordinance Regulates Criminal Background Checks - March 14, 2014

The City and County of San Francisco, California recently enacted a broad-sweeping ordinance that limits requests for, and use of, criminal history records by employers, including city and county contractors and subcontractors...

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Sterling Infosystems achieves background screening credentialing council accreditation - February 28, 2014

New York, NY, February 14, 2014 The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) announced today that Sterling Infosystems has successfully demonstrated compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and will now be formally recognized as BSCC-Accredited for their United States employment screening operations...

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Sentinel - Winter, 2013-2014 Issue - February 26, 2014

Welcome to the Winter Edition of the Sterling Sentinel Newsletter

Each quarter, we share important changes to the compliance landscape along with best practices, helpful resources and more. In this issue you'll find updates on a new San Francisco ordinance that regulates criminal background checks and details on two upcoming webinars...

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Verified Volunteers Partners with Points Of Light to Offer Online Platform for Vetting Volunteers - December 09, 2013

Ft. Collins, CO, and Atlanta, GA, (December 9, 2013) – Verified Volunteers, the first-of-its-kind platform for volunteer background screening, and Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, today announced a groundbreaking new partnership to make vetting volunteers faster, easier and less costly for nonprofits and volunteers themselves.

Using Verified Volunteers’ new online service, volunteers and volunteer managers at any nonprofit can quickly and easily obtain a single, standardized background check for civic service accepted by multiple nonprofit organizations, schools, youth sports teams and faith-based groups.

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Sterling Infosystems Acquires Chicago-based HR Plus - October 07, 2013

New York - October 7, 2013 – Sterling Infosystems, a world leader in global background checks, is pleased to announce that it has acquired HR Plus, a prominent provider of background screening, drug and occupational health screening and fingerprinting services.

Together, Sterling Infosystems and HR Plus are better positioned to serve organizations that require thorough, accurate employment screening and verification services for prospective staff. By combining their strong customer-driven cultures with sophisticated technologies, Sterling and HR Plus can better serve customers around the world with a comprehensive suite of screening solutions and services.

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Global Background Check Leader Sterling Infosystems Announces New Chief Marketing Officer - September 09, 2013

New York – September 9, 2013 – Sterling Infosystems, the world’s most trusted background check company, today announced the appointment of Julia Mair as chief marketing officer. Mair is a seasoned marketer with a reputation for leading high-performing marketing teams at The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones and Factiva.

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Sterling Infosystems Named To Inc. 5000 List Of Fastest-growing Private Companies - September 04, 2013

New York – September 4, 2013 – Sterling Infosystems, the world’s most trusted background check company, today announced that it has been named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list for 2013, marking the fourth time the company has been recognized. Sterling was ranked the 69th fastest-growing private company in the human resources sector, and 1,499th overall. Sterling was also recognized as one of the top 100 companies in New York. The company’s upward move is based on Sterling’s impressive 266 percent growth from 2009 to 2012.

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Global Background Check Leader Sterling Infosystems Names Clare Hart President - May 06, 2013

New York – May 6, 2013 – Sterling Infosystems, the world’s most trusted background check company, today announced the appointment of Clare Hart as president. Hart is well known as an innovator and leader in the world of interactive data and business information services.

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Sterling Makes Crain’s New York Fast 50 List - June 26, 2012

Sterling Infosystems, Inc., the world’s largest company focused entirelyon background screening services, today announced it has earned the #30 spot on Crain's first New York Business Fast 50 list...

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Sterling Infosystems Selects Cleveland Metropolitan Area for New Regional Headquarters - May 01, 2012

Sterling Infosystems, Inc., today announced it will open a new regional headquarters in Independence, OH. After careful consideration, the company selected the Cleveland area over Virginia, Georgia, and various other locations. Sterling is the largest background checking company in North America.

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Sterling Infosystems Acquires Checkwell Solutions Corporation (“BackCheck”) - April 19, 2012

Sterling Infosystems, Inc., a company owned by management and Calera Capital, a San Francisco based private equity firm, today announced it has acquired Vancouver, Canada based BackCheck. BackCheck, a provider of background checking products and services, is the market leader in Canada and one of the largest providers in the United Kingdom. Sterling, already one of the largest background checking companies in the world, is now the largest within North America and is well positioned for future growth...

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Sterling Infosystems Completes Acquisition of AISS - February 03, 2012

Sterling Infosystems, Inc., a company owned by management and Calera Capital, a San Francisco based private equity firm, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Acxiom Information Security Services (AISS), a leading background screening company, from Acxiom Corporation (Nasdaq: ACXM). This important milestone expands Sterling’s already robust technology and service team with a new group of talented people, innovative products, and unique screening options.

William Greenblatt, Founder and CEO of New York City based Sterling, said “The acquisition of AISS is a pivotal point in Sterling's history as it has well positioned us for future growth”...

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Sterling Infosystems Acquires Key Competitor AISS from Acxiom - December 05, 2011

Employment Background Screening Company Sterling Infosystems Becomes the Second Largest in the Industry

William Greenblatt, Founder and CEO of New York City-headquartered Sterling, said “The acquisition of AISS, one of our largest competitors, is a pivotal point in Sterling's history because it will make us the second largest background screening company in the world. It will furthermore allow AISS to realize its full potential by being part of a company that is solely focused on what AISS is focused on – background screening.”...

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Background Screening Company Sterling Infosystems acquires Colorado-based Tandem Select - September 09, 2011

Sterling Infosystems Inc., the third largest background screening company in the world, announced today it has acquired Tandem Select, a leading background screening company based in Fort Collins, CO. The acquisition brings together two of 2011's Inc 5000 fastest growing companies.

William Greenblatt, Founder and CEO of New York City-headquartered Sterling, said "In addition to Tandem's renowned customer service excellence, this acquisition will allow their focus and skill in product innovation to complement Sterling's initiatives and global influence. We're very excited about what this will mean for the future of the background screening industry."...

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Sterling Infosystems, leading employment and background screening services provider, Acquires Screening International - July 22, 2010

Sterling Infosystems, Inc., a leading provider of employment and background screening services, announced that it has acquired Screening International, LLC from Intersections Inc. (Nasdaq: INTX) a leading providing of consumer and corporate identity risk management services.

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