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Corra Group Seeks to Expand its Investigation and Due Diligence International Background Checks

Wed, May 20th, 2015 - 11:06 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group has been actively expanding its international background checks so to serve its investigative and financial clients in need of due diligence background research. It is now entering a new phase of sourcing researchers who can provide a full range of background history in the developed industrial countries as well as the emerging nations.

“Increased demand is compelling Corra Group to provide the types of international background checks that are relevant for due diligence purposes and investigative research,” said Corra Group Co-Founder Gordon Basichis. “There is a long list of searches our clients are seeking, including criminal and civil records, international media reports, business credit reports, and personal financials.

“We have investigative clients in need of a more comprehensive range of background searches,” said Basichis. Private equity groups and venture capital groups are also looking for better and more comprehensive ways to vet both the principals and business entities with whom they are looking to do business. The global market can be very dynamic. But, remember, it can be a volatile and nasty world out there, and there are few greater truths than to be forewarned is to be forearmed.”

Basichis pointed out that Corra Group has long been known for its compliance background checks for employment screening purposes. He offered that within the past number of years more employers are hiring international candidates.

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The Increased Sophistication in Background Checks Offered by Education Diploma Mills

Tue, May 19th, 2015 - 1:18 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Diploma Mills are getting more sophisticated.  Not only for a few bucks does the company send you a bogus diploma, but now there are bogus professors and administrators to verify a candidate’s education degree.  Millions of dollars are being made assuring the unwary employers that their employment candidates are indeed a bonafide college graduate.

As noted in this article in the New York Times…”Seen from the Internet, it is a vast education empire: hundreds of universities and high schools, with elegant names and smiling professors at sun-dappled American campuses.

Their websites, glossy and assured, offer online degrees in dozens of disciplines, like nursing and civil engineering. There are glowing endorsements on the CNN iReport website, enthusiastic video testimonials, and State Department authentication certificates bearing the signature of Secretary of State John Kerry.

“We host one of the most renowned faculty in the world,” boasts a woman introduced in one promotional video as the head of a law school. “Come be a part of Newford University to soar the sky of excellence.”

Yet on closer examination, this picture shimmers like a mirage. The news reports are fabricated. The professors are paid actors. The university campuses exist only as stock photos on computer servers. The degrees have no true accreditation.”

Court Rules LinkedIn Searches Are Not Background Checks

Mon, May 11th, 2015 - 9:27 am - By Gordon Basichis

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If you have been using linked in as part of your employment screening program, to vet education verification, employment verification, etc., then don’t.  The court has ruled that Linked-In Background checks are not FCRA compliant.

According to the article in SHRM…”Employers who use LinkedIn’s reference search function are not required to comply with Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requirements, a federal court ruled April 14, 2015.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a complaint alleging FCRA violations based on LinkedIn’s reference search function. The tool generates a list of individuals who previously worked with a job applicant.

In Sweet et al. v. LinkedIn Corporation, a group of rejected job applicants sued LinkedIn and argued that the function did not comply with FCRA requirements.

Tracee Sweet submitted her resume to a potential employer through LinkedIn, went through an interview and was told that she would be hired, but was then told the company had changed its mind because of a reference check. Sweet later learned that the check may have been conducted using LinkedIn’s reference search function. Each plaintiff had a similar experience and, believing that the LinkedIn tool cost them jobs, they filed suit against the company.

“At the crux of the complaint was the plaintiffs’ argument that LinkedIn was acting as a consumer reporting agency (CRA) under the FCRA, and that reference searches were consumer reports,” said Angela Preston, vice president of compliance and general counsel at background screening company EmployeeScreenIQ.

LinkedIn moved to dismiss, arguing that the report generated by the function was not a consumer report as defined by the FCRA and that LinkedIn was not a consumer reporting agency under the law. The court agreed. “LinkedIn’s publications of employment histories of the consumers who are the subjects of the Reference Searches are not consumer reports because the information contained in these histories came solely from LinkedIn’s transactions or experiences with these same consumers,” the court said. The FCRA excludes from the definition of consumer report any report “containing information solely as to transactions or experiences between the consumer and the person making the report.”

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