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Corra Group to Close for New Year’s Holiday

Mon, December 30th, 2013 - 11:59 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those employers conducting background checks as part of their employment screening program, please be advised Corra Group will be closing early, at One P.M. Pacific Time on Tuesday, December 31st.  We will remain closed New Years Day and will reopen at regular office hours on Thursday January 2nd.

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year.


The Ongoing Hiring Problems with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Office

Mon, December 23rd, 2013 - 6:42 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Not long ago I posted this article about the controversy within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and some of the hiring practices that have taken place.    The article was entitled…”L.A.Sheriff’s Hired Applicants With Misconduct–Ignored Background Checks. ”

According to reports, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department hired candidates with unsavory pasts.   Background checks were either ignored or serious matters on the reports were overlooked.

Now we learn that the Sheriff’s Department may have practices a certain form of nepotism.  According to a report in the Los Angeles Times….”Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca maintained a special hiring program that granted preferential treatment to the friends and relatives of department officials, including some candidates who were given jobs despite having troubled histories, according to interviews and internal employment records reviewed by The Times.

The program, known as “Friends of the Sheriff,” has been in existence for at least eight years. Some high-ranking sheriff’s officials injected themselves into the vetting process to lobby for favored job candidates, records show.

Among those hired was a man convicted of sexual battery, according to court records. His friend — and contact with the department — was Baca’s driver. Another hired under the program was arrested last week on a federal weapons charge in connection with the FBI’s corruption investigation in the sheriff’s jails. His tie to the agency was his brother, a deputy.”

Nepotism is pretty prominent in a lot of industries.  Having worked in show business, I found the entertainment industry practically thrived on nepotism.  But as with the Sheriff’s department, nepotism is not necessary the optimum system for recruiting the most qualified candidates.   Instead, often you get the bust outs or someone’s desultory kid who otherwise can’t find a job.  You can avoid the strange and the excellent in exchange for the familiar and the mediocre.

In fairness, Sheriff’s officials have denied they showed favoritism to friends and relatives.  Maybe that’s the case.  But in any event they were in fact hiring candidates that could hardly prove the kind of quality individuals Los Angeles County expects in its Deputy Sheriffs.

The Times article goes on to note…”A day after Whitmore’s comments, sheriff’s officials told The Times the special hiring program was being eliminated and a policy was being drafted to prohibit top brass from lobbying lower-level background investigators on behalf of job applicants.”

I am sure there will be more stories and a further investigation.   We shall see how this plays out.



How Not to Apply for a Job at McDonalds

Thu, December 19th, 2013 - 11:26 am - By Gordon Basichis

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This is almost one of those jokes you hear in a late night comedy club…”A man goes into a bar….”

Only in this case, a man goes into McDonald’s to apply for a job.  The hiring manager explains he can fill out the application online.  The man doesn’t want to fill out the application online, so he pulls a gun and demands a paper application.  While the moron is filling out out, the hiring manager wisely calls the police who arrest the guy.  I guess, no job.

According to the story on…”Monroe walked into the McDonald’s restaurant across from Scope last Wednesday and asked the manager for an application. After the manager explained twice that applications were submitted online, Monroe lifted his shirt, revealing a gun tucked in his waistband, Amos said.

Amos said the manager asked Monroe to have a seat while she retrieved a paper application, but instead called 911.

Monroe was sitting at a table inside the restaurant when officers arrested him without incident. He was charged with brandishing a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct — all misdemeanors.”

Employee Drug Use on the Increase Despite Drop in Positive Drug Test Results for Cocaine and Marijuana

Tue, December 17th, 2013 - 2:04 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those employers who conduct drug tests as part of their employment screening programs, you should take note of this article.  Drug Testing for some companies is mandatory and often an effective background check in helping to determine substance abuse issues or possible hazards in the workplace.

According to International Business Times…”Quest data shows that US employees testing positive for drugs has dropped sharply since 1988 after reviewing more than 125 million urine drug tests administered from 1988 to last year.

Overall, 3.5% of samples came back positive last year compared with 13.6% in 1988.

However, positive tests for prescription painkillers Vicodin and OxyContin rose 172% and 71%, respectively, from 2005 to last year.

Quest also found that positive tests for other prescription drugs, such as Adderall, more than doubled between 2002 and 2012.

“Even when used under prescription, these drugs can have an impact on workplace safety,” said Dr. Barry Sample, director of drug-testing technology for Quest in the report.”

Corra Group is partnered with Quest Diagnostics as part of our drug screening service to clients.

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