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Elder Abuse Complaints backlog now cleared in Minnesota

admin August 14, 2018
Elder Abuse

Minnesota has now cleared over 3,000 unresolved elder abuse complaints around senior care facilities in Minnesota. Relatives of the victims have previously protested over the lack of inaction by Minnesota State Legislature that would have brought elder protection to the fore. The State is also promising to prioritise investigations in to new elder abuse complaints. The cases dated back to…

University police records within Open Records Law ruling

admin August 6, 2018
Police Records

A ruling by a Judge in Utah has Brigham Young University’s police department now subject to Utah’s open records law (subject to appeal). The lawsuit was brought by The Salt Lake Tribune as a result of sexual assault claims at BYU and the university’s response thereafter over a 19 year old (student) rape allegation from 2016. The ruling by Judge Laura…

Indiana birth records now available pre 1994 for adoptees

admin July 8, 2018
Birth Records

As from July 1st  Indiana birth records prior to January 1st 1994 can now be accessed by adoptees thanks to a change in State law. Records can be requested via The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).  Indiana birth records for adoptees have been unavailable up until now. Adoption records pre January 1st 1994 had been closed automatically but subject…

elder abuse costing families up to $36 billion yearly

admin July 4, 2018
Elder Abuse

Elder abuse and fraud (senior scams) is impacting the elderly and their immediate families in worrying numbers. Studies illustrate the impact that the fraud is having annually. The true cost of exploitation is estimated to range from $3 billion upwards to $36 billion yearly. Unfortunately many instances of elder abuse go unreported and therefore exact numbers are difficult to quantify….

Ammunitions background check legislation proposed for buyers

admin April 5, 2018
Background Check

The Ammunitions Background Check Act of 2018 has recently been introduced. The Act proposed by Wasserman (D-FL) and Blumenthal (D-CT) would require a background check for anyone purchasing ammunition. What’s being put forward is that ammunition should fall within the same criteria as firearms. The act is seen as a robust and committed measure to closing the loophole and reducing…

background checks for caregivers settlement agreed with Massachusetts state and Care.com

admin March 5, 2018
Background Check

A settlement In excess of $480,000 has been agreed by Care.com for misleading consumers over its background checks for caregivers. By way of restitution the settlement addresses the shortfalls in background checks for caregivers that fell far short of what families thought they were getting. Those that pay for peace of mind should receive what they pay for. The Assurance…