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Corra Group Adds New Social Media Background Check to its Corporate Research and Due Diligence Services

Mon, September 29th, 2014 - 11:56 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group has added new social media background checks to enhance its business research and due diligence service. The new social media search will scrape the Internet for any information about a specific individual or corporate entity.

For several years now we have offered social media background checks that were designed principally for employment screening,” said Corra Group co-founder, Gordon Basichis. “These reports are FCRA compliant and therefore require consent forms and are subject to certain constraints on the information reported. For the most part, with employment related social media reports the information returned is either proven fact or actual content written by the candidate on any number of the Internet’s social media sites.

“The due diligence social media reports are a whole different story,” said Basichis. “These reports will mine myriad Internet sources for any information related to the subject, be it an individual or corporate entity. Unlike the employment social media reports, the new instrument will not be rating the information or judging its veracity. It is a data mining tool, searching for anything that is out there on the Internet. Good, bad, or neutral.”

Basichis pointed out that the FCRA compliant social media reports have been used for entertainment and media groups for their hiring efforts related to talent for advertising campaigns, contest winners, and focus groups, as well as reality television shows. He noted private equity and capital investment groups had included the reports with other employment screening background checks to vet their new hires for in house and for mergers and acquisitions.

For the complete press release pleas click on this link.

Can Social Media Background Checks Be the Trip Wire for Otherwise Qualified Employment Candidates?

Wed, September 24th, 2014 - 10:41 am - By Gordon Basichis

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As a global background checking agency, Corra Group conducts social media reports both for employment screening purposes and for due diligence.  There is much controversy surrounding social media reports as otherwise qualified employment candidates may be rejected as their social media information proves off putting to human resources managers.  Admittedly, some of the contents of social media is subject and other considerations must be factored in, criminal records, civil records, drug tests, and even driving records, when considering a viable job candidate.

Here are a few considerations from JobVite that may assist candidates in avoiding negative reaction ot their social media content. Fee free to join in on its online discussion.

“Job seekers hear the advice all the time to clean up their social media presence. But we wondered, do potential employers really do their due diligence and take the time to review your social media profiles?

Of course they do, and you can bet they do more than a quick Google search. We interviewed hiring managers from various backgrounds about what they discover and what it means to them:

– Who you connect and network with means something
– Why strong privacy settings aren’t always the answer
– What posts and habits are the true hiring deal breakers ”


Corra Group Ramps Up Entertainment and Media Background Checks in Anticipation New California Tax Credits Will Boost Local Hollywood Industry

Mon, September 22nd, 2014 - 9:38 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group has concentrated new effort on the local entertainment and media industry as the new deal for California State tax credits promises to boost native film and television production . According to the Los Angeles Times article, dated August 27, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown have signed off on a bill authorizing the $330 Million commitment will even the playing field between California’s two main rivals, Georgia and New York.

As a local background checking service, with headquarters in proximity to Hollywood, Corra Group has been servicing the entertainment and media industry for close to a decade. “We have offeredbackground checks for both employment screening and production talent, to film and television production companies as well as advertising and new media agencies,” said Corra Group Co-Founder, Gordon Basichis.

“But in the past years, California has been the victim of runaway production,” said Basichis. “Film and television companies are shooting on location elsewhere as other states were offering far more attractive production credits. It’s tough for California to compete when other states are offering as much as a thirty percent reduction in the overall cost of location production.”

For the complete press release, please click on this link.

Nurse Stabbings But Another Indication of Healthcare Workplace Violence

Tue, September 16th, 2014 - 2:32 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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There have been a variety of studies detailing how in the healthcare industry workplace violence is prevalent.  It creates a dangerous environment for healthcare workers.  Workplace violence in the healthcare sector can range from verbal abuse to physical attacks.


This article in Los Angeles NBC News describes how two nurses were stabbed while working on their job.  According to the article, a new proposed law would mandate that hospitals and healthcare facilities report all attacks so they could be made available online.

And excerpt from the article…”Less than a week after two on-duty nurses were stabbed in separate attacks at Southern California hospitals, a state senate labor committee will hear for the first time from healthcare workers about workplace violence prevention plans.

A proposed senate bill would require hospitals to report violent workplace incidents to Cal/OSHA and to make those statistics available online. It would also force hospitals to have prevention programs and annual training in place.

However, the California Hospital Association said the proposed bill only duplicates existing law, calling it “vague, costly” and “not grounded in hospital safety/security principles.”

The bill, SB-1299, was introduced by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Los Angeles), who is running for secretary of state and lists on his website the California Nurses Association among his endorsers .”


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