Friday, 15 August 2014

Making a Hiring Decision? Get a Background Check!


One of the services we conduct for businesses of all sizes, is employment background checks or pre-employment checks.

If you're making a hiring decision soon, this is something you should think about.

The cost of hiring the wrong employee can be huge. If the employee has problems that don't show up on the resume, like addictions, credit issues, criminal activity, these may come back to haunt you and create all kinds of HR problems in the future.

A background check can identify potential problems and may help in the decision making process. It is estimated that over 40% of resumes contain false or tweaked information.  Did the potential hire really graduate from the college indicated or worked at the previous employer as stated?

Some types of data may require the new hire to approve the release of information. Depending on the position a police records check may be necessary.

Here are some Do's and Don'ts For Employment Background Checks

1.) Do Be Broad - validate previous employment history, check references, check the internet, run a criminal record check

2.) Don't Break the Law - use a reputable firm to advise you on the type of information that can be checked without breaking privacy laws

3.) Do Be Consistent - apply the requirement for pre-employment screening to all short-listed candidates

4.) Don't Seek Only the Negative - background checks can be used to locate positives that can help you choose between well-qualified candidates

5.) Don't Try to do it all Online - Everything is not online! Much of the data that can be legally obtained is best accessed by a licensed firm.


The Renwick Group has experience working with many different types of businesses and organizations providing skip-tracing, fraud investigations, WSIB support, legal team assistance, evidence gathering, employee back-ground checks, and more. We also work with individuals who need help with personal matters. Call us at 1 (888) 722-9807   or visit our website for more contact information.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Need An Investigator? Why You Should Contact Us.

 The Renwick Group has a full range of investigative services to assist you with a business or personal issue; locating a missing person, skip tracing, background checks, legal services, strike and labour management services, surveillance for evidence and security.

These are important issues, issues that can impact a court decision, a hiring decision, or in the case of property and debit recovery a financial situation.

Generally after you've analyzed the problem you'll be ready for some professional advice and you need to find an organization that you can work with. It's not just about explaining the situation to the Investigation Agency, it's also about finding out about how the agency works, what they will deliver, and how comfortable you feel working with them.

Here's why you should give The Renwick Group a call.

Experience: We have years of experience solving both corporate and personal investigative issues. We draw on that experience to resolve your issues fast. We've worked in consultive roles from large corporations to small businesses, and with individuals (private citizens)

Professionalism: We're members of the Council of Private Investigators Ontario, Canadian Association of Special Investigation Units, Better Business Bureau, Local Chamber of Commerce. As member of the CPIO, we adhere to a strict code of ethics and conduct.

Easy to Talk to: Especially with personal investigations - it's sometimes difficult to bring an outsider up to speed on the issue. You'll find our staff very approachable and able to listen to your problem and identify options and recommendations for you.

Techniques: We have access to the latest technologies, databases, and equipment. Our investigative process included iSight Data Management, a client case software that ensures consistent and complete reporting.

Results: You want results delivered on-time, professional presented, from a reputable agency. We are experienced with reporting for legal matters, insurance, personal issues, HR departments, and other management groups.

The first step to the resolution of your investigative issue is to contact us so that we can set up a phone call or an appointment to learn more about your situation and how The Renwick Group can help.

Visit The Renwick Group's Contact Page to leave an email message or call us at 1 (888)722-9807

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Unethical workplace behaviour? What's an Employer to do?

A recent survey of ethics in the Canadian workplace found that 42% of the respondents had witnessed  breaches of ethics on the job but nearly half of them failed to report it.

In addition 69% of the respondents said they had a lack of faith that investigations would be conducted properly, and that disciplinary measures would be consistently applied.

Fraud and misconduct costs small businesses in North America billions of dollars.  If you suspect crime in the workplace or inappropriate behaviour you need to protect your business and your employees by giving serious thought to investigations and security.

"Senior business leaders should use these results to take a long, hard look at the ethics within their organizations, and determine ways they can improve their programs and strengthen their ethical cultures," ClearView President Phil Enright said in a statement. "Wrongdoing can negatively impact your organization's reputation and financial well-being, while a strong ethical culture can positively impact your organization's performance and reduce risk."

 The Renwick Group can discuss your business situation and determine what needs to be done to investigate fraud, put in place corporate surveillance, and help you develop a plan.

Read the full article: Huffington Post | Canada's Business Ethics Under Scrutiny


Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Protect Your Business With Background Checks

When The Renwick Group are conducting background checks for our clients we fit our services to the clients needs and budgets.  Each search and check we make is unique, therefore we always build a custom backgound check plan for you.  Investigations can be limited to certain aspects of a company's or individual's backgound history, or a complete background information check is required.
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Our cost-effective background investigations include comprehensive public records search, database research, deep Internet and Social Media coverage, as well as in-depth personal profiles based on interviews with associates (optional).

Our investigators have experience in conducting background investigations for a variety of purposes, including witness, plaintiff or defendant backgrounds in litigation - civil or criminal, background investigations for financial transactions and suspected fraud, and pre-employment background checks.



Here is an example of some of the Standard Background Checks that we may conduct on individuals.
  • Bankruptcy records
  • Liens and judgment histories
  • Security filings
  • Criminal records
  • Civil litigation, national and provincial
  • Revenue Canada Tax Issues
  • Employment histories
  • Canadian SIN and USA Social Security number verification
  • Aliases, if any
  • Address histories
  • Property records
  • Business associations
  • Fictitious name filings
  • Professional licenses and certifications
  • Workers Compensation records
  • Motor vehicles registered
  • Media coverage
  • Deep Internet and Social Media Activity
And here is an example of some of the background checks we do for Corporate and Company searches:
  • Financial and operating history
  • Management structure and issues
  • Ownership interests, including hidden owners
  • Litigation involving the company, directors and owners
  • Environmental liabilities
  • Assets and revenues, including overstatements
  • Unrealistic projections
  • Unrecorded or understated liabilities, liens, judgments or expenses
  • Executive reputations
  • General business reputation
  • Misrepresentations and non-disclosure of material facts
At the end of a backgound check and search, we provide our clients with well-written reports that include both a summary of significant findings, an analysis of the information we have uncovered and recommendations for further investigation when warranted, as well as a compilation of the information we have found in an easy-to-read format.

Additionally we will let you know if there are any legal and juristrictional challenges in searching certain types of information and records.

The Renwick Group is a private investigation firm founded in 1997 and is based in Barrie, Ontario. We excel in delivering our core Private Investigation Services in the most efficient, secure, and professional manner.​