On January 13th reporter Clem Newton-Brown told in The Sydney Morning Herald of Noel Toevy, an aboriginal dancer, who was arrested one evening in 1951 on suspicion of having participated in a homosexual act. Now, six decades on, Australia is about to expunge the criminal records of those accused of ‘gay crimes’.
If it has been more than 10 years since your conviction, you may be eligible for criminal record expungement. More job opportunities, freedom to travel or emigrate, and even some consumer privileges are some of the benefits of being free of your criminal record.
It happens more often than you may know. It happens while you are at work, at home, and even while you are sleeping. You may think you have a clean credit record, a smudge-free background, and no criminal record. Yet you may be one of the many thousands who could benefit from a background check.
In 2012 Francois Venter, a director of Jawitz Properties, urged landlords to do credit checks on prospective tenants. A Forbes article on the effects of bad credit include relationships as a possible victim. A Women24 piece lists insurance as one of the modern conveniences more expensive for those with bad credit records, than those who’ve faithfully paid up on time.
The occurrence of polygraph testing in South Africa is rising, with employers, employees, and private individuals relying on test results to facilitate the swift and accurate resolution of disputes and conflicts, and the allaying or confirmation of suspicion.