Court Closures for Good Friday & Patriots’ Day

Thu, April 17th, 2014 - 11:14 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks for their employment screening programs, please take note of the following court closures for Good Friday and Patriot’s Day.

Courts in Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 18 for Good Friday. Massachusetts courts will be closed on Monday, April 21, 2014 for Patriots’ Day.

The Troubling Consequences of Hiring Sex Offenders

Tue, April 15th, 2014 - 10:24 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Sex offenders always present a difficult situation.   There are few good sides to hiring a sex offender.   Most of the other staff will dislike him intensely with some considering more than just verbal abuse.  This is especially the case if the sex offender has had criminal convictions for assaulting a child or someone underage.   In short, sex  offenders are often very toxic to the workplace.

Recently, a client called.  He is an attorney and directs many of his clients toward us for employment screening.  Some of his clients, however, do not avail themselves of our services.  One such client hired a man without running the requisite background checks.  Shortly after he went to work, the client a fashionable resort hotel, started to get complaints about the new employee.  The client was making not so subtle advances on both the female staff and general staff.  Most cited him for his general creepiness.  Human Resources, now after the fact, Googled the guy and found he was indeed a registered sex offender.  As to what he did to make the registry, ZI will leave to your imaginations.  So now, the hotel is stuck with him until enough complaints are registered so that they can let him go.

Word of advice to all companies.  Have an employment screening program in place.  Run your background checks before hiring anyone.   That way you will know what you are getting yourself into.

And then there are these two convicted sex offenders.  Two numbskulls who were arrested in Anaheim, yesterday, for the rape and murder of four women.  I honestly don’t know yet if these two were working or not.  But background checks are a way to keep such trash from the workplace.  One can only imagine them acting out on the job.   The horror if it, and all the liability factors.   To say nothing of what it does for employee morale.

According  to the article in the Los Angeles Times…”Murder and rape charges were filed Monday against two registered sex offenders accused of killing four women who vanished from the streets of Orange County.”

Do yourself a favor.  Check them out before you hire.

Corra Group Adds Monthly Sanctions Monitoring Background Checks for the Healthcare Industry

Thu, April 10th, 2014 - 10:20 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Medical Sanctions

Medical Sanctions

Corra Group has added monthly monitoring of healthcare sanctions background checks to its healthcare employment screening program. The monthly monitoring system helps keep any healthcare related institutions, including hospitals and medical centers, staffing and recruiting contractors, in compliance with the new guidelines issues last year from of the Office of Inspector General.

The updated OIG policy bulletin stipulates that “no Federal health care program payment may be made for any items or services furnished (1) by an excluded person or (2) at the medical direction or on the prescription of an excluded person.”

“Corra Group has offered a comprehensive list of background checks to the healthcare industry,” said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. “We provide such employment screening services as criminal records searches and drug screening. But now that the updated GSA guidelines are gaining impact, we are finding more of our healthcare clients requesting regular monitoring sanctions programs for their current and future employees.

“We are offering several types of healthcare related monitoring programs for excluded and sanctioned parties,” said Gustavson. “With one program we offer the Level One and Level Three FACIS searches. The Level One is a monthly search of the OIG and GSA excluded parties list. The Level Three FACIS search includes the OIG and GSA excluded parties list as well includes the OIG and GSA lists but incorporates any sanctions or disciplinary actions from some 2,500 local, state, or federal healthcare related agencies.


For the complete press release click on this link.

Retail Theft–Preventing the Inside Job–Adding Security to Thwart Thieves

Tue, April 1st, 2014 - 11:18 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Economically, the Dakotas are booming, along with a number of other states that have developed the natural gas and oil fields that are contributing to American energy independence.   Salaries are quite lavish, and good help is hard to find.   It is no small feat getting people to relocate to the colder climes, even with the attractive pay scale.   And with the handsome salaries there is a increased cost of living.  Simple apartments that once went for five hundred can now go for a couple thousand dollars.

Then there is the crime.   Like all boom towns, money draws the beggars, tramps, and thieves.  It draws the hookers and the drug dealers, the gamblers and the con artists.   There is energy aplenty and with it there are scams galore.   Rings of retail store thieves have been hitting the shops with fake credit cards.  Shoplifting is nuts, and most certainly in desperation to staff a business employers are overlooking some of the criminal records found in background checks, or reducing employment screening to a cursory glance.

According to an article on Keloland Televsion retail theft cost the state of South Dakota some $95 Million, last year.  Even when you are making money 95 mil is a lot of money to lose.

The article further reported…” Groups of people hitting stores with fake credit card numbers or going in to steal large quantities of merchandise: organized retail crime is a growing problem in South Dakota.  But the state has tough new laws against it and that should help save you money.

When you hit the aisles of Lewis Drug, you can expect that someone is always watching.  Security cameras are a big part of catching retail crime.”

“Something we’re seeing with the organized end of it is a team coming in and shoplifting together, where before it might just be one individual. Now it’s two or three or more people involved with it,” Director of Safety and Loss Prevention for Lewis Drug Herb Rosin said.

That’s the kind of thing new laws in South Dakota aim to crack down on.

“This isn’t shoplifting.  Shoplifting is a whole different subject, a misdemeanor type crime. This is organized–the conspiracy concept.  There it’s a very organized and thought through process,” Attorney General Marty Jackley said.”

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