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We cordially invite you to a complimentary
CLE webiner hosted by Lewis Brisbois and Infortal



Value Creation Through Fffective Risk Management


Thursday, November 3rd • 9 a.m. PT (11 a.m. CT)


Frank Gillman
(Chief Information Officer. Lewis Brisbois)


Frank Gillman has more than 25 years of technology experience in the legal field. He is a frequent national presenter on emerging technology trends for the legal industry and has served on numerous advisory boards for various technology vendors.




Candice Tal
(Chief Executive Officre and Founder, Infortal Worldwide)


Ms. Tal is highly regarded as a specialist in global due diligence investigations. She is a dedicated CEO with expertise in finance, governance, employment, and business. Ms. Tal is also a licensed investigator with over 30 years' experience. With her guidance and leadership infortal has completed over 2 million investigations globally.



Gordon Calhoum (Partner, Lewis Brisbois)


Gordon Calhoun represents individuals, partnerships, corporations and other business entities in litigation and counsels them about a broad variety of business, regulatory and risk and information management protocols, including data breach responses and compliance practices. Mr. Calhoun serves as Chair of Lewis Brisbois' Electronic Discovery, Information Management & Compliance Practice and manages the insurance regulatory and reinsurance division of the firm's lnsurance Coverage and Bad Faith Practice. His practice, spanning more than 35 years, focuses on arbitrations, mediations and other alternative dispute resolution procedures as well as litigation and counseling.


Our speakers will discuss:
        Scandals, Corruption & Failed Deals
        Reputational Damage
        Why Dose It Matter?
        Board Screening
        Board Advisory
        Executive Due Diligence
        Background Checks vs. Due Diligence
        Global 3rd Party Screening
        Executive Issues


This free CLE accredited seminar offers 1 hour of CLE credit.







Business Confidential Now (Radio Show)


Expert Background Check Basics Every Smart Employer Needs to Know

An employee background check can surface potential problems before they lead to huge organizational financial and reputation losses.


Recently Candice Tal was the featured guest in an interview by Hanna Hasl-Kelchner, Host and Producer of Business Confidential Now. The show features a discussion of reducing risk exposures for small to large businesses. Executive due diligence, Background checks and issues related to fraud, bribery and corruption in business are discussed.


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Infortal Worldwide is excited to announce Candice Tal joins Firestorm's Expert Council as a specialist in global due diigence investigations:


http://www.firestorm.com/expert-council/candice-tal/. Firestorm® is America’s Crisis Coach® assisting clients in transforming crisis into value. The Firestorm Predict.Plan.Perform.® methodology combines best-practice consulting with proven crisis management expertise, empowering clients to manage risk and crisis. Ms. Tal is honored to join Firestorm's team of trusted advisors.


Candice Tal featured in Compliance Textbook:

Thomas Fox’s Doing Compliance: Design, Create, and Implement an Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance Program, published in 2014, is an indispensable manual for building an effective anti-corruption and anti-bribery compliance program.


Doing Compliance discusses the views of Candice Tal, Infortal’s founder and CEO, on FCPA due diligence investigations and cites an article she authored on the topic. The book’s Chapter 7, “Your Greatest Source of FCPA Risk,” quotes Ms. Tal at length on best practices and the importance of a three-tiered approach.


A practicing lawyer, Mr. Fox is also the author of the highly regarded FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog as well as two other excellent books on compliance and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.









Infortal Worldwide received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Santa Clara California – May 19, 2015 – Infortal Worldwide, an industry leader serving Fortune 500 companies and specializing in risk mitigation, BOD advisory and global FCPA due diligence investigations, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by ASTRA Women’s Business Alliance, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).


WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by ASTRA Women’s Business Alliance is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.


By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations, and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.


To learn more about Infortal Worldwide, please visit www.infortal.com


About Infortal Worldwide

Infortal Worldwide is a global security and risk management consulting company. For over 30 years Infortal has helped private and public companies, non-profit organizations and corporate executives to identify strategic security issues, mitigate risks and minimize corporate liability exposure and maximize operational success.



The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 700 US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs.


Leslie Horton,
CFO and VP Finance,
Infortal Worldwide Inc.


Leslie has served as Infortal Worldwide’s CFO and Vice President of Finance since 2001. In this pivotal executive role, Ms. Horton is chartered with finance, strategy, accounting, financial planning & analysis, legal and contract administration, management reporting, facilities, IT and risk management. During her executive career, she has worked with well known Silicon Valley Fortune 500 companies such as Apple Computer, Advanced Micro Devices and Synoptics Communications. While at Synoptics, she was a major contributor in an IPO and secondary public offering. Ms. Horton has also worked with a number of startups and emerging companies.


Beyond providing strategic CFO services, Leslie offers executive business mentoring via the Unleashed Success Program which has helped C-Suite executives to refine their leadership, communication and negotiation skills and to identify and shed limiting beliefs.


With 25 years experience in senior finance roles, Ms. Horton has been instrumental in raising over $150 million in capital for corporations helping executive management to fuel growth, enhance shareholder value, achieve targeted results and enjoy a high quality experience and environment.


While serving as CFO and on the Board of Directors at ioSafe, a rapidly growing technology company, she has worked closely with Robb Moore, the CEO, to create a Strategic Advisory Board comprised of executives, angel investors and a well known VC resulting in opening a number of strategic corporate doors. ioSafe has successfully raised money with a Strategic Partner and in two follow on rounds with a Sacramento VC in 2013 and again in 2015.


Licenses, Education, Board Memberships


Professional Licenses:

Certified Public Accountant (active standing)
Business & Life Mentor


Santa Clara University: MBA
CSU Northridge: BS in Business

Boards & Advisory Boards:

ioSafe Inc. Advisory Board
Straight Talk Academy, Inc. Board of Directors and Advisory Board
Innovate Northstate Advisor
Auburn Airport Business Park Association Officer and Board Member



Court Closures:

San Mateo County (CA) is downsizing to one courthouse in Redwood City effective July 15, 2013 due to budget cuts.

These cuts will involve new file pull fees and are likely to involve delays in case reviews. Files from this location will be stored in South San Francisco. Case dockets can be requested from this location which may help to reduce some anticipated delays.

Courts: Staff cuts are increasing at many courthouses, including staffing furloughs. We advise our clients when delays are expected to impact retrieval of court documents.

Ban The Box (Criminal Records):

The Governor of Minnesota recently signed an extensive revision to the state's existing "ban the box" law. This new law will take effect January 1, 2014.

For full text of this law (SF523) see:

Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 364.021, is now amended to read as follows:

(a) A public or private employer may not inquire into or consider or require disclosure of the criminal record or criminal history of an applicant for employment until the applicant has been selected for an interview by the employer or, if there is not an interview, before a conditional offer of employment is made to the applicant.

New Federal I-9 Forms Required:

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that a new Form I-9 is now available and employers should begin to use the new form immediately. The USCIS will allow employers an additional 60 days to update electronic I-9 platforms. There is a 60 day implementation period. Effective May 7, 2013 the prior versions of the Form I-9 will no longer be permitted. The new form can be obtained here: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf

The new Form I-9 contains the following revisions:

• Additional data fields, including the employee’s foreign passport information (if applicable), telephone and email addresses.

• Improved instructions.

• Revised form layout, expanding the written form area from 1 to 2 pages.


Weather Conditions Affecting State Agency Closures:

NJ state agencies (including DMV) down due to power outages:



Consumer Protection Legislation 2013

There are new laws governing background checks which become effective in January 2013:


Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

The following new federal law becomes effective January 1, 2013:

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is now the primary enforcement agency for the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) under 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., replacing the Federal Trade Commission enforcing the FCRA. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub. L. 111-203, H.R. 4173), which was signed into law by President Obama on July 21, 2010, transferred rulemaking authority for the FCRA to the CFPB.

Subsequently there are revised FCRA Disclosure forms and Consumer Right To Know notices which must be utilized as of January 1, 2013. Please only use the revised forms after that date to remain in compliance with federal laws.

These revised forms are available in Appendices K,M, & N at the end of Title 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1022 and include:

  • Summary of Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act: this form needs to be provided to employers who must in turn provide them to employees and job candidates when a consumer report (background check) is requested or when an Adverse Action Notice is sent.
  • Notice to Users of Consumer Reports: the new law requires that CRA’s provide end users with a copy of this notice.
  • Notice to Furnishers of Information: the new law requires that CRA’s provide end users with a copy of this notice in specific situations.

The main difference between the forms is to let consumers know that the new agency responsible for enforcement is the CFPB, and is no longer the FTC. There are no other substantive changes.

Link to the electronic CFR: http://bit.ly/QtqSqP

Link to the revised Summary of Consumer Rights: http://bit.ly/Wvu8mR

This advance notice allows the employee or applicant to review the report and advise the employer if they believe it is incorrect.

This disclosure notice must be provided in writing and cannot be incorporated into the employment application form.

Pre & Post-Adverse Action Notices:

These notices must include the name, address and phone number of the consumer reporting company, Infortal Worldwide, that supplied the report as well as a statement that the company that supplied the report did not make the adverse decision and cannot give specific reasons for it.

The notices must advise of the applicant or employee’s right to dispute the accuracy or completeness of any information the consumer reporting agency furnished and to obtain an additional free report from the company if requested in 60 days.



The following new California Bill becomes effective January 1, 2013:

Social Media & Personal Passwords AB1844

This bill prohibits employers from either requiring or requesting employees or job applicants to provide their user names and/or passwords in order to access their personal social media accounts. Employers may not ask employees or applicants to divulge their personal social media. One limited exception is if the matter relates directly to a company internal investigation.


Deep Level Due Diligence: What you need to know

(published on the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog)


Business Risk Mitigation: FCPA Compliance

(published in CALI Journal, May 2011)


UK Bribery Act becomes effective July 1, 2011.

For guidance on this Act click here.


Credit History Legislation in the News:


California Credit Law


Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 22 [Mendoza] establishing new limitations on the use of consumer credit reports in employment situations in California.

As signed into law, AB 22 prohibits an employer or prospective employer, except for certain financial institutions, from obtaining a consumer credit report for employment purposes unless the position of the person for whom the report is sought is either:

  1. A position in the state Department of Justice.
  2. A managerial position.
  3. A peace officer or other law enforcement position.
  4. A position for which the information contained in the report is required by law to be disclosed or obtained.
  5. A position that involves regular access to specified personal information for any purpose other than the routine solicitation and processing of credit card applications in a retail establishment.
  6. A position in which the person is or would be a named signatory on the employer's bank or credit card account, or authorized to transfer money or enter into financial contracts on the employer's behalf.
  7. A position that involves access to confidential or proprietary information as specified.
  8. A position that involves regular access to $10,000 or more in cash.

While these provisions may still allow for the continued use of consumer credit reports in some situations, AB 22 does place restrictions on the use of consumer credit reports.
Read more on this law here.


Illinois Credit Law


Effective January 1, 2011 employers in Illinois can only request and use credit history information when there is a bona fide job-related need. Employers may not discriminate against an employee or applicant based on his/ her credit history. Employers who have employees with financial or fiduciary responsibilities will likely have a bona fide occupational need to require credit checks.


State Agency Fee Increases:


Due to financial difficulties many state agencies including departments of motor vehicles (DMV’s), and county courthouses have increased the fees that are charged for records retrieval and court copies. The following is a partial list of increases that have occurred recently:


Motor Vehicle Record MVR increases by state:


Missouri October 2010
New Mexico September 2010
West Virginia August 2010
Oklahoma July 2010
New York July 2010
Arizona May 2010
Kansas Feb 2010
Idaho January 2010
Alabama January 2010
Kentucky January 2010
Rhode Island Nov 2009
Oregon October 2009
Massachusetts Oct 2009
Florida Sept 2009


Other Agency News:


Some state departments including DMV are closed more frequently due to continuing financial difficulties. Many county court houses across the USA are under-staffed causing delays in retrieving archived court records. Infortal notifies clients of known court delays on a case by case basis, as these are continuously changing.


Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: FCPA News:


Recent FCPA Enforcement Actions: August 2010: A federal judge sentenced a Beverly Hills, Calif., film producer and his wife to six months in prison and six months home confinement each in the first criminal case involving Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) charges against individuals in the entertainment industry. Patricia and Gerald Green, whose film credits included Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn, were convicted last fall of paying $1.8 million in bribes to a high-ranking government official in Thailand in exchange for more than $13.5 million in contracts to manage the Bangkok International Film Festival: http://tinyurl.com/4gy6dk4


Workplace Violence: Recent Events in the News


January 2011: 22 yr old Jared Loughner shoots 19, 6 killed and congresswoman Giffords shot in head.


November 2010: Man takes daughter hostage on Bay Bridge.


September 2010: Female employee, Yvonne Hiller, kills 2 and injures 2 at Kraft Foods, Philadelphia


February 2010: University of Alabama, Huntsville Campus: Omar Thornton killed 3 and injured


6 November 2009: Fort Hood gunman, Dr. Hassan, kills 13 & injures 45


September 2009: Murder of co-worker at Yale




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