New York OCA Fee Increase

New York OCA Fee Increase with 2019-2020 Budget

Effective April 13th, 2019, all fees assessed by the NY OCA will now be $98. This is a $33 increase from the previous fee of $65 for statewide criminal history searches. New York Governor Cuomo signed the new budget which included the new OCA fee into law on Friday, April 12th, 2019. The reason for this fee increase is to fund indigent defense programs in the state of New York. After searching for alternative funding sources, no suitable option was found acceptable by Governor Cuomo. This fee increase is a compromise from the original $100 proposed by the Assembly and the Governor, who proposed $90.


May Employee Spotlight

At True Hire, we are truly one big family. We know everything about each other, but often our clients don’t get the chance to know us on a more personal level. We are launching a series of employee spotlights, so you can learn a little more about the people who work hard to keep your company safe.

This month’s employee spotlight:


Emily is our receptionist here at True Hire. Her role entails being the first to welcome and speak with our clients or applicants and directing them to the correct person. Emily is also our Background Application Specialist, and the first step in our background process.

“I love being able to be the first person to welcome or speak with the Client or Applicant and to be that first impression for them at True Hire.”

Emily came to us through an internal referral. As we mentioned above, we really do operate as a family unit! The most important career lesson she’s learned in the past five years is to never get discouraged if you fail, because if you fail then you are learning and becoming better. Her favorite thing about working at True Hire is having managers that genuinely care. They care about the success of the individual as well as the business.

In her spare time Emily likes to hang out with her family, friends and her dog. She also enjoys painting and she tries her best to stay as active as possible.

Millennials are lying the most on their resumes!

Human Resource managers beware – according to a new survey by, Millennials admit to lying the most on their resumes! This is concerning because in 2016, Millennials became the dominant demographic in the labor market (  

So, the largest segment in the labor force are also the biggest liars when it comes to their job applications. Millennials are also most likely to have the highest rate of unemployment and underemployment. This could be why they feel more compelled to lie on their resumes.

What’s more concerning perhaps is that the up and coming “Generation Z” joining the workforce are actually more “tempted to lie” according to their survey responses. That could mean an even larger amount of the labor force being highly questionable as to the honestly on their applications.

Overall, work experience and dates of employment are the top two areas in which people lie on their resumes. It is also common to lie or exaggerate about job titles and duties. Millennials lie most about gaps in employment, which makes since given their generation has the highest unemployment rate.

The fact is, 75% of human resource managers say they have caught a lie on a resume. Combine that with a shrinking talent pool its easy to see that hiring manager have their hands full. The easiest way to know if your applicants are being honest is to conduct a thorough background check and include employment and education verification in the investigation. 

The Deal on Data Breach

If you’re not concerned about cyber security or a data breach – you should be! The deal on data breaches and cybercrime is that it’s the fastest growing crime globally according to Cybersecurity Ventures. By the year 2021 cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion annually. The United States tops the charts as the number one country hit with cyberattacks and data breaches. The main cause of data breaches are malicious or criminal attacks, with 76% of all breaches being financially motivated. This comes at a hug cost for business. The average cost of a data breach is $3.86 million (IBM).

Data Breach

No business is excluded from the risk of a cyberattack or data breach. When we think of data breaches we often think big business, but the fact is that 43% of all cyberattacks are aimed at small business. Small businesses may be specifically vulnerable because they may not have advanced measures to protect their data both internally and digitally. 28% of breaches involve internal actors and 12% of breaches involve privilege misuse.

True Hire can help to keep your data and your company safe. As a NAPBS Accredited firm, we stay up to date on compliance and have the highest standard of ethics and security. Performing both a background check for pre-employment, and a reoccurring check for current employees can help protect your company. Knowing your applicants and employees’ backgrounds helps to protect your company, employees and customers. We have a secure system from the time of entry all the way through processing the background checks and sending our clients the results. Our site is an https site, which indicates it is secure (hint: look for the lock to the left of the web address in your browser).  The information comes directly to us. It is processed in our internal system that cannot be accessed remotely.

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