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County Criminal Background Checks and the Clerical Overload

Thu, July 31st, 2008 - 5:23 am - By Gordon Basichis

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County Criminal Background Checks are the most accurate of criminal searches. These records are pulled directly from the courthouse or the interface terminal and provide you with all the current criminal history of any employment candidate. County Criminal Background Searches are more expensive than database searches, but for your management and executive level job candidates, especially, they are the smart way to go.

The difficulty is that most counties throughout the United States were not geared for the massive amount of country criminal background searches that are being conducted on a daily basis. Some have worked to accommodate the request load better than others. Some know better how to work with court researches. Some, I’m afraid to say, find looking for records an annoyance.

Coupled with the realities of budgetary and economic downturns and the shortage of qualified personnel, with some counties you are the mercy of a county clerk who can retrieve these records when times allows. Sometimes time won’t allow for a number of days, or even weeks

It is always easier to report clears, or when no records found as opposed to the times when records are suspected. Then the searching begins. It is important then to match name, date of birth, address history and whatever other information against the records to make sure you have the right person and not someone with a similar name. The more indicators you have on your employment candidate, then the better off you are.

Despite the delays, County Criminal Background Checks should be a significant part of any pre-employment screening program.

Check them out before you hire.

When the Earthquake Shakes Up the California World of Background Checks

Wed, July 30th, 2008 - 4:57 am - By Gordon Basichis

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I would think it no secret that everyone in the world knows Southern California was treated to a fairly strong earthquake, yesterday. When it is 5.8 on the Richter Scale, for Southern California, it means the buildings sway, plates fall out of the cupboard, things tip over, but overall there isn’t a lot of extensive damage. Fortunately, our building are constructed so that they can easily withstand the shock, as opposed to recent events in other countries where building construction is such that it elicits somber remarks of tragedy from semi-somber news media reporters who are trying to show how sensitive they are to to the rubble and devastation.

Since there are a fair amount of background checking companies here in Southern California, there was a pause in the process as employees at the different companies waited out the rocking and rolling. The entire event lasted maybe fifteen seconds, but you can ask anyone who has experienced a severe earthquake just how long that fifteen seconds can be. This is was of the variety that started off slow and then got rowdier as it gained momentum. Earthquakes of another variety start with a loud crack and shock and then settle down. Their duration is shorter than the Hollywood type earthquakes with the slow build to the climax.

I’m sure employers from around the country, interested in conducting pre-employment screening were on hold for a moment. In some cases the phone lines went down for awhile, and the Internet was disrupted. And then of course, there is the shock to the employees at the background checking companies and then the ensuing discussion with other employees, regarding its impact, followed by the obligatory reminisces of earthquakes past.

Then of course people call to see if you are okay. By far, the majority call out of genuine concern, but you can sense in a few they are gloating, as if to say, see you guys in California don’t have it so easy, after all.

But now, when an hour or so has passed, and the phone lines come back up, the Internet is once again accessible, the pre-employment background searches begin again. Orders for employment searches come in from across the country and from around the world. We process them. The earthquake is in the past.

Hey, every day can’t be a day at the beach. Even in Southern California. Thanks all who called Corra Group.

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From Road Warrior to Phone Warrior. Have You Considered the Virtual Office?

Tue, July 29th, 2008 - 5:17 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Gasoline is getting really expensive. It is getting so expensive that the average person has to make adjustments in their eating habits and social activities just to pay for, as they said in The Road Warrior, “the precious juice.”

With most employees living in the suburbs, and with the suburbs way out there, somewhere, perhaps it is time for your business to consider the virtual office. As with all things new, the virtual office has its good points and bad points. Your employees are out of proximity and some may even take advantage of not having to show up every day. Some employees do not do well without rigid structure and an established working environment.

But some do. Some can perform at optimum rates from home. By running the virtual office out of their houses, employees can cut down on traffic time and fuel expense. They don’t have to stay home every day of the week, but even a couple, few days are helpful in keeping down expenses. And collectively, with workers staying home, but actually working, the lack of travel will go a long way in slaking our energy demands.

According to an article in CNN, drivers have already eliminated something like 10 Billion miles from their travel. That’s a lot of miles. We are talking space travel on that kind of mileage. Nothing like harsh reality to achieve energy conservation. So maybe it is time for the virtual office. Maybe it is also time for the increased usage of teleconferencing to avoid air travel. Maybe.

There is a lot to be said for face to face meetings. There is a lot to be said for not having to get on a plane, wait nine years on the tarmac, with delayed flights, get off the plane, wait another nine years for your luggage, discover your luggage has been shipped by accident to Timbuktu, and then end up at your meeting, tired from traveling and rumpled in the clothes you wore on the plane. With Cisco and other companies bringing advanced teleconferencing systems to the market, you can actually get up close and personal. You can see everything from bleary eyes to spots on their ties. Enough to distract you from the point of the meeting. Just like being there.

So, if you are considering the virtual office or are thinking about considering the virtual office it is smart to conduct professional references and other background searches that will reveal the behavior patterns of your employment candidates. Thorough background checks don’t just reveal the obvious, but they may well reveal how someone would behave and how they would produce from a virtual office space. A pre-employment screening program may well eliminate any unwanted surprises.

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Don’t Let Corporate Fraud Catch You With Your Wires Down

Mon, July 28th, 2008 - 5:26 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Here is an article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about a Maryland man defrauding three payroll processing companies, including Paychex, Inc., for about $1 million. It appears he stole the money the payroll processing groups advanced him to cover his first payroll period. At least he liked to spread it around.

As a company that performs background checks and corporate research Corra Group sees an increasing amount of financial fraud, wire fraud and assorted corporate hanky panky. The downturn in the economy brings it on, and desperate people do desperate things. Companies in need of new business will snap at new clients without first checking them out. And the bad guys will take advantage of the situation by robbing, stealing and defrauding wherever possible.

It is no fun to realize you just did a raft of new business, only you will not be paid for it. It’s no fun to discover you have just been swindled through wire fraud or some other chicanery that will prove expensive, time consuming and embarrassing to your company.

My best advice, before you engage with any venture that could cost you in these area, look before you leap. Do your corporate research and background checks.

Check them out before it gets expensive.

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