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Washington D.C. Slowdown in County Background Checks Due to Staff Cuts

Fri, July 29th, 2011 - 4:30 am - By Gordon Basichis

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I guess it shouldn’t come as a shock that there are cutbacks in government.  Just about every county courthouse has cut back on staff, reducing the workforce inside the county courthouses.  This has caused slight delays when conducting background checks for most county criminal and country civil records.

Washignton D.C. is no exception.  Considering the budget crisis, the lousy economy, and allthis reancor over the debut ceiling, Washington D.C courthouses are among the hardest hit with cutbacks.

Cutbacks are the rule in D.C. Reduced courthouse archive staff means slower turnaround for archived material. The standard turnaround time was 2-3 weeks, but researchers have been warned to expect significant delays. Of course, Corra Group will work diligently to turn around archived material as quickly as the system allows. When we receive a request that requires archived information, we contact clients to see whether they want to wait for the archived material or whether they prefer to receive the results on hand.  Our researchers check daily for any archived material that has been requested from the court.

Workplace Violence at Federal VA Hospitals

Thu, July 28th, 2011 - 3:39 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Not long ago I was part of a program on workplace violence.  The program was produced at Cal State University Dominguez Hills and was hosted by Donna El-Armale who is an instructor at Cal State Dominguez and has a private practice as a psychologist as well.

Having discussed and written about workplaceviolence at length it is no surprise that Congress is holding hearings regarding a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.  The report found nearly 300 claims of sexual assaults in Veterans Affairs (VA) treatment facilities. According to the GAO, the VA currently relies too heavily on patients to identify themselves as sexual predators so that they can be safely housed away from others in treatment.   The patients do not undergo background checks for criminal records of for the sex offender registry.

The GAO found that facilities with broken security cameras and alarms, and found that sexual assaults are not always properly reported in the VA system.    It was alleged that the  VA has unclear reporting expectations and inconsistent definitions of assault.  There is no clear policy for reporting assaults.    Senior members of the House Veterans’ Affairs  have filed legislation that would compel  the VA to fix these oversights.

Given that the healthcare industry in general is reputed to have high degrees of sexual assault and general violence in the workplace, it would be helpful for the Veteran’s Administration to develop and enforce policies that would make it safer for healthcare workers to conduct their business.    Overall, it is not just the VA that has reported high levels of sex assault and workplace violence.  A recent article stated that in the Seattle Washington area, the most dangerous job is that of a nurse.  Not a police officer or fireman.   A nurse is the most dangerous occupation.  That’s an eye opener.

So while we fill for our wounded veterans, we should also take note of the healthcare personnel who work to heal them.   They shouldn’t suffer abuse just because they happen to be on the job.



The Massachusetts CORI Reform Law Exemplifies the Reviews Required for Background Checks

Wed, July 27th, 2011 - 5:50 am - By Gordon Basichis

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A good article from Elaine Varelas of  the Job Doc in the Boston Globe or as it is known.  A job applicant wrote her asking, basically, if an open container misdemeanor from 2008 would nullify his employment candidacy.   Not  necessarily the crime of the century, but an open container is a serious enough offense as it implies possible intoxication that can lead to serious traffic accidents, causing death and injury.    But with various employers nixing candidacy, the applicant is rightfully concerned.

As it turns out, and as Varelas rightfully reports, Massachusetts law states, ” the employer’s criminal background check cannot include: (1) felony convictions that have been closed for more than 10 years; (2) misdemeanor convictions that have been closed for more than 5 years; or (3) a prior first conviction for any of the following misdemeanors: drunkenness, simple assault, speeding, minor traffic violations, affray, or disturbance of the peace.”

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The Need for Healthcare Worker’s Background Checks

Tue, July 26th, 2011 - 4:21 am - By Gordon Basichis

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The quantity of abuses found in healthcare are legion.   It’s really kind of nuts when you allow for abuses against the elderly and children,  theft, be it stealing for patients or stealing drugs.   There is physical abuse and mental abuse.   In some cases, patients enter healthcare facilities and emerge perhaps in worst shape than when they first came in.

Mot healthcare workers are conscientious and got into the industry because of their desire to help people.   They are patient souls for the most part, because many of them are also subject to abuse from their patients.   It’s a two way street working here.   Patients who are frustrated with the facility, healthcare, or maybe their lives lash out at the staff that is trying to help them.   Most healthcare workers, according to recent reports, may not like the abuse but accept it as part of the job.   Must be something going to work everyday knowing some frustrated patient will want to take it out on you.  As a matter of fact, the Tacoma New Tribune recently reported the most violent job in Washington State isn’t a cop or fireman.   It is a nurse’s aide.

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