Courts Closed for Columbus Day Holiday

Thu, October 9th, 2014 - 10:57 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those  employers conducting country criminal background checks and county civil background checks for employment screening purposes, please take note of the following–

Courts in all jurisdictions will be closed Monday, October 13, 2014 in observance of Columbus Day.  Courts will re-open at their normal times on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

Corra Group will be open Monday, October 13th, for normal business hours.

Beheading, the Brand New Twist on Workplace Violence

Thu, October 2nd, 2014 - 10:53 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Studies show workplace violence has been on the increase for a number of years now.   In some industries in particular the incidents of workplaces violence have multiplied at alarming rates.   The healthcare industry is one such industry where healthcare workers, nurses, attendants, are submitted to everything from verbal epithets to physical violence.

Now we have a new twist on workplace violence.  Beheading.  Following the gruesome beheading, in Oklahoma, it appears another employee wants to saw the heads off his fellow co-workers.

According to the New York Daily News…”An Oklahoma ISIS terrorist wannabe vowed to behead his co-worker because she was a Christian, police said — just a day after another Oklahoma man decapitated a colleague during a bloody rampage on his former workplace.

Police arrested 30-year-old Jacob Mugambi Muriithi Friday on a terrorism complaint. His co-worker at Bellevue Nursing Home told officers he threatened to behead her in the name of ISIS.”‘

So we have to start asking, just who are we hiring here in a nation with its fair share of societal problems?   Besides past criminal, will background checks reveal more  about these apparent  nut jobs who permeate our national work force?    That appears to be the case with  Alton Nolen, who did have a criminal history.   Or are these employees undetectable in the majority of cases?  Worse, still, how many more incidents like this will we see, taking workplace violence to the extreme?

The bottom line is that healthcare workers really don’t need to subject themselves to this type of treatment, either from their patients who fellow employees.  There comes a time when one too many incidents like this, or even on a lesser scale, cause  our healthcare workers to dread coming to the job.   If there is ultimately a reduction in people who want to enter the healthcare industry, the nation will suffer.  As much of our population ages, this is one industry that needs to grow, accordingly.   And not decline.

Corra Group Adds New Social Media Background Check to its Corporate Research and Due Diligence Services

Mon, September 29th, 2014 - 11:56 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group has added new social media background checks to enhance its business research and due diligence service. The new social media search will scrape the Internet for any information about a specific individual or corporate entity.

For several years now we have offered social media background checks that were designed principally for employment screening,” said Corra Group co-founder, Gordon Basichis. “These reports are FCRA compliant and therefore require consent forms and are subject to certain constraints on the information reported. For the most part, with employment related social media reports the information returned is either proven fact or actual content written by the candidate on any number of the Internet’s social media sites.

“The due diligence social media reports are a whole different story,” said Basichis. “These reports will mine myriad Internet sources for any information related to the subject, be it an individual or corporate entity. Unlike the employment social media reports, the new instrument will not be rating the information or judging its veracity. It is a data mining tool, searching for anything that is out there on the Internet. Good, bad, or neutral.”

Basichis pointed out that the FCRA compliant social media reports have been used for entertainment and media groups for their hiring efforts related to talent for advertising campaigns, contest winners, and focus groups, as well as reality television shows. He noted private equity and capital investment groups had included the reports with other employment screening background checks to vet their new hires for in house and for mergers and acquisitions.

For the complete press release pleas click on this link.

Can Social Media Background Checks Be the Trip Wire for Otherwise Qualified Employment Candidates?

Wed, September 24th, 2014 - 10:41 am - By Gordon Basichis

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As a global background checking agency, Corra Group conducts social media reports both for employment screening purposes and for due diligence.  There is much controversy surrounding social media reports as otherwise qualified employment candidates may be rejected as their social media information proves off putting to human resources managers.  Admittedly, some of the contents of social media is subject and other considerations must be factored in, criminal records, civil records, drug tests, and even driving records, when considering a viable job candidate.

Here are a few considerations from JobVite that may assist candidates in avoiding negative reaction ot their social media content. Fee free to join in on its online discussion.

“Job seekers hear the advice all the time to clean up their social media presence. But we wondered, do potential employers really do their due diligence and take the time to review your social media profiles?

Of course they do, and you can bet they do more than a quick Google search. We interviewed hiring managers from various backgrounds about what they discover and what it means to them:

- Who you connect and network with means something
- Why strong privacy settings aren’t always the answer
- What posts and habits are the true hiring deal breakers ”


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