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Sometimes Background Checks Can Go Too Far

Tue, May 31st, 2011 - 5:50 am - By Gordon Basichis

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A woman has to be fingerprinted for a background check so she can teach a religious education class.  This is not unusual in and of itself.   However, this woman is 83-years-old and has been teaching the same course at the same parish for about forty years. As reported in the Huffington Post, this mandate for a background check comes on the heels of a report from John Jay College.

A the article quotes the report as such– That is one of the messages from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which on May 18 issuedits landmark “Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010.” After an intensive, wide-reaching investigation that included interviews with victims, abusers, advocacy groups and various professionals in the church and in the mental health field, John Jay researchers concluded: “The Catholic Church has taken serious steps toward understanding and reducing the problem of sexual abuse of minors by priests.” “The church has responded to the crisis, and as a result, a substantial decrease in the number of sexual abuse has come about at present,” it added.

It may appear absurd that the Parish is mandated to conduct a background check on an 83-year-old woman who has been teaching the same course for forty years.   But when an employer establishes a policy then it is incumbent that every employee and candidate be subject to the same rules as everyone else.  Labor laws and the FCRA compliance standards maintain that employers must be uniform in conducting background checks so that each job applicant is treated fairly.

Corra Group Wishes All a Happy Memorial Day

Mon, May 30th, 2011 - 9:05 am - By Gordon Basichis

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A Happy Memorial Day to all.  We hope you have enjoyed your weekend.  For those who are returning today from their weekend vacations, we wish you a safe trip home.

And above all, let’s remember the veterans in all branches of the military service who we honor on this day.

Corra Group to Close for Memorial Day

Fri, May 27th, 2011 - 4:20 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group, the premiere service for employment screening and corporate research will be closed Monday, May 30th for the Memorial Day holiday.   All county criminal and civil courts throughout the United States will also be closed.

Corra Group will reopen for business, Monday May 31st for the usual business hours.

We would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend.

New Hampshire Town May Run Background Checks on Employees

Thu, May 26th, 2011 - 5:23 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Here is a story with some smarts to it.  Writer, Kyle Stucker, reports on Fosters.com that a member on the  Berwick Board of Selectman  wants to conduct background checks for all full-time workers.

Selectman Bob Crichton declared, “”I think it’s a safeguard for the town. We certainly don’t need legal expenses because somebody has committed some kind of felony or action that would be against the principals of community government.”  Good call and a smart move.  This is refreshing, in fact.

Usually, with local governments and public service agencies, they wait until there is some embarrassing fiasco before someone calls for background checks on the employees.  Often it is a criminal case, or a costly civil suit.  Sometimes, more often than one would hope, it is related to sexual offenses.    Then when the story is splashed across the news, the lawsuits are initiated, and, worst of it, someone is killed or injured, economic concerns are not the concern they once were.  Not when the cost of litigation is much greater than the nominal cost of background checks.

Of course, in the hallowed tradition of government, some do cite the costs.  It is a good point, especially in a bad economy where agencies and governments are facing budgetary constraints.  But then there is the cost of financial liability.   Take the risk of embarrassment and costly litigation when you fail to check out your employees?  Or spend the money up front, just so you will know?  I realize in this economy it can be a difficult call.

Other officials and fellow small town government representatives see the merits of initiating background checks on full-time employees.  We shall see if the legislation passes.

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