There are a number of warning signs of embezzlement. Some general indicators may include:
1. Missing Documents
2. Delayed bank deposits
3. Holes in accounting records
4. A large drop in profits
5. A jump in business with one particular customer
6. Customers complaining about double billing
7. Repeated duplicate payments
8. Numerous outstanding checks or bills
9. Disparity between accounts payable and receivable
10. Disappearance of petty cash
Other employee warning signs that can indicate trouble:
1. Goes out of the way to work overtime
2. Spending more lavishly than salary might indicate
3. Has the same address as a vendor
Advocates are trying to get a bill written that would give adoptees access to their original birth certificates. The bill would also include provisions for:
·allowing biological parents to file update medical information in case the adopted child seeks it
·allowing biological parents to choose whether they want to be contacted or not, and if so, directly or through an intermediary agency
Similar laws were recently enacted in New Jersey and Connecticut. New York’s mutual consent registry is inadequate and rarely productive. Other proposals include allowing biological parents to (like Illinois’ new law) redact their name or requiring a judge to find good cause before access is granted.
There is a controversy over whether adoptive parents should expect lifelong anonymity. Some argue the closed records policy was to protect the child and the adoptive family, not the relinquishing biological parent. Many argue that the stigma and shame of years past is no longer a social issue that demands secrecy. Access to health information is a greater right in the balance between parent and child.
Bills have been proposed several times over the past two decades but none have been successful. With the growth of personalized medicine, access to medical record and genetic information can be increasingly important.