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Flaws in Texas State Criminal Records Search

Wed, November 30th, 2011 - 5:49 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Apparently, there are flaws in the Texas State Criminal Records System.  This is the state-wide criminal search put out by the Department of Public Safety.  As many investigators and employers use this both for research and employment screening, one would think these background checks would be accurate and up to date.   Not the case.

According to an article on KENS, Channel Five, in San Antonio, there are some alarming discrepancies in the criminal records.  One person is listed for post possession, but in fact he is a convicted murder.  That’s a big distinction, even if you are among those who still believes marijuana is the work of the Devil.

Another convicted murderer was sentenced to death.  His conviction is not listed in the database.   A third convicted murder assaulted and killed a seven year old girl.  He is scheduled for execution, shortly.   But his name and murder conviction is not in the database.

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A Review of States and New Immigration Laws

Mon, November 28th, 2011 - 5:31 am - By Gordon Basichis

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With the federal government about to revise its policy on illegal immigrants, I thought I would post three links to stories about states who have recently imposed tough new laws regarding hiring illegal immigrants.  Of course, most are mandating the E-Verify or the I-9 to ascertain if a job applicant is eligible to be employed in the United States.  The Social Security Trace is also a background check that will verify the applicant’s social security number and help employers determine the eligibility of the candidate.

With E-Verify, the employer must first offer the job applicant the position.  With the Social Security Trace, it can be conducted for pre-employment screening.

Here is one article I wrote, entitled “Georgia’s Illegal Immigration  Reform and Enforcement Act Soon to Take Effect.”  Be advised that Alabama and New Jersey have recently passed similar laws.  In the State of Arizona, the Legal Arizona Workers Act has been on the books since 2007 and upheld by the United States Supreme Court.


Corra Group Will Be Closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays

Wed, November 23rd, 2011 - 3:42 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group, the background checking service, specializing in employment screening, will be closed from One P.M. Pacific Time, Wednesday, November 23rd, through Thursday and Friday of  the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Corra Group will reopen for business at its regular hours 8:30 A.M. Pacific, on Monday, November 28th.

Please remember that the County Courthouses will also be closed on Thursday and Friday.

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.


County Courthouses to be Closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays

Tue, November 22nd, 2011 - 5:38 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Those employers who conduct county criminal records and county civil records for their preemployment screening purposes should be aware that county courthouses around the country will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays.

You can expect county courthouses to start closing early Wednesday, November 23rd, and they will remain closed for Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, and Black Friday, November 25th.  The courts will be open again Monday, November 28th.

So for those conducting background checks, expect some minor delays from certain courthouses.

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