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Umps Think MLB Background Checks Throw Them A Curve Ball

Thu, January 31st, 2008 - 4:38 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Umpires questioning tactics in MLB background checks
Baseball umpires are angry about background checks being conducted by Major League Baseball that the umpires say in some cases are questionable and inappropriate.
UMPS’ NEIGHBORS QUIZZED: Topic considered inappropriate

Three umpires have reported instances in which they say their neighbors have been asked by investigators about any knowledge of drug use, spousal abuse and membership in the Ku Klux Klan, according to Lamell McMorris, spokesman for the World Umpires Association, the umpires’ union.

“They have asked a series of very questionable, strange and poorly executed questions,” McMorris said. “Some of them are downright horrible and have created an environment in which neighbors are led to think (the umpires’) employers suspect them of spousal abuse, drug use and hate crimes. That’s unfortunate.”

MLB umpires Greg Gibson and Sam Holbrook, who reside in Kentucky, and Ron Kulpa, a Missouri resident, told McMorris of the interviews.

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Just when you think Major League Baseball can’t have another controversial issue, here is one over umpires and background checks. Not only are the umps forced to endure epithets and the occasional raspberry, but now the men in blue are feeling the intrusion of too many employment screening questions about their behavior and associations.

Corra can see both sides of the issue. At least Corra can see it to some extent. On one hand Baseball can’t afford another scandal, so it is good to know if the men in blue are doing drugs or showing their naked parts on MySpace or one of the Social Networks. Now there’s a though. Ummh.

But on the other hand, with MLB being the most multi-ethnic sports organization in the world, Corra would say it is unlikely any umpire would be secretly wearing the linens of the Ku Klux Klan. The thing is, once you put the idea into a neighbor’s head, chances are they will wonder if it is true or not. If it weren’t suspicious, the less discerning neighbor might think, then why would they be asking?

Well there are background checks, and then there are background checks. We will leave it to MLB and the Umpire’s Union what is appropriate for background research and what is not. Meanwhile, through somewhat jaundiced eyes, Corra will continue to see the darker humorous aspects to the story. Although, it’s hard to envision the umpires of our National Pastime crack smoking, spouse beating, card carrying bigots. But then, I guess…you never know.

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Should Employees Act Like Owners?

Wed, January 30th, 2008 - 4:59 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Own Your Title

Regardless of your role in the organization, motivation comes from within yourself.

Pretend the company that employs you is yours. If you owned the company, how would this affect your decision making? The goal of the “ownership mentality” is to make decisions as if you were the owner or president of the firm.

If you owned the company, would you be more conservative or more aggressive in your approach to your daily work flow? Would you make different choices? Would you feel more successful?

When you pretend you own the company, you become more invested in your work. Common complaints seem less important.

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Corra likes employees who believe they are part of the company. Then, if you are fortunate enough to recruit such employees, it pays to reward their dedication by offering them either equity or something that shows your appreciate their interest.

Let’s face it, employees who take pride in the place they work, who exhibit some form of ownership are not the easiest to come by. The ones who sit on the computer, shopping, dating or scanning the social networks are much more common.

Nevertheless, finding the right employees starts with in depth interviews and conducting a pre-employment screening program on your employment candidates. A thorough background check won’t tell you everything, but it will go a long way in avoiding mis-hires that can in turn lead to embarrassing circumstances, corporate theft, extra expense and possible litigation. Aside from the criminal check, an education verification is wise, since when candidates lie them seem to lie mostly on criminal pasts and education.

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Know Employment Law, Then Run Background Checks

Tue, January 29th, 2008 - 4:17 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Breakfast Seminars 2008 Labor & Employment Legal Update As the law continues to change year after year, so must the workplace. Many of these changes are often complicated and confusing. To help employers keep up with all the legal changes, Silver & Freedman’s annual program will summarize new Federal and State employment laws and regulations, recommending strategies for enacting change while preserving efficiency, culture and profit. Discussions will include: • New leave policy for spouses of military personnel • Changes to policies regarding employee status, sexual harassment, non-fraternization and security, based on new case law • Changes to the arbitration policy in light of new case law • Enhancements to policies regarding company access to computers, BlackBerries and other PDAs • Changes to policies regarding employee blogs and personal websites that impact the workplace • New policy regarding the use of employee’s likeness in company promotional materials • New policy regarding employee contact with the media • New option regarding consumption of alcohol at company and business events Date: February 15, 2008 Location: Four Seasons Hotel Grand Ballroom 300 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles Register for this seminar Unable to attend this seminar? Attend our LIVE “2008 Labor & Employment Legal Update” online webinar on Wednesday, February 20 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am Pacific Time. The cost per connection is $250. To register or for more information, contact our Client Services Department at 310.282.9417. Register for this webinar

Corra is acquainted with some of the attorneys at this prestigious Los Angeles Law Firm. They specialize in employment law and if you are in the area, the seminar may well be worth attending.

Corra believes the more informed you know about employment law, the better the chances of heading off any litigious circumstances that may arise from employees in your work place.

Having a preemployment screening program in place will also go a long way into saving money on rehires and helping to avoid litigious situations in the work place. Let’s face it, the more understanding you have, the more information you have, the better off you are. Background checks provide you with important information about your employment candidates.
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Corra Group Providing Clients with Pennnsylvania Motor Vehicle Reports (MVR)

Mon, January 28th, 2008 - 4:00 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra is now providing Motor Vehicle Driving Reports, DMV’s or MVR’s to any of its clients. The clients are required to fill out a form, have it notarized and then send it back to Corra so it can be sent to PennDot, the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicles agency. The process may take a few weeks to set up, but once the account is established, the client may order Driving Reports from Pennsylvania.

Consent forms are required from all employment candidates. the reports are issued strictly on a business to business basis, and the service is not available to private or individual customers.

Since PennDot has its own unique compliance standards, Pennsylvania DMV Driving Reports are not as easy to come by. Corra is among the established services able to supply them in additional to our usual background checks and business research.

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