L.A. Sheriff’s Hired Applicants with Misconduct–Ignored Background Checks

Tue, December 3rd, 2013 - 11:37 am - By Gordon Basichis

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The key about background checks is that once you order them you actually have to read the report and then apply it so that you are discriminating on who you hire.  In the case of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, many of the background checks that were returned through its employment screening process were either overlooked or ignored.   This had created a scandal where several city councilman and county supervisors have called for a probe of the department and its hiring policies.  Most of the controversy surrounds hiring practices occurring in 2010.

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times…”Ultimately, about 280 county officers were given jobs, including applicants who had accidentally fired their weapons,  had sex at work and solicited prostitutes, the records show.

“For nearly 100 hires, investigators discovered evidence of dishonesty, such as making untrue statements or falsifying police records. At least 15 were caught cheating on the department’s own polygraph exams.”

Not what you call a stellar group of applicants to uphold the law in one of America’s most major cities.

More about this tomorrow.


Corra Group Gets Ready for the End of Fourth Quarter Employment Screening Crunch

Wed, November 27th, 2013 - 6:10 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group is getting ready for the final push as employers at the end of the fourth quarter plan their hiring schedules for the following year. With budgets running low and the year ending, employers typically order a flurry of background checks on employment candidates that will start working at the beginning of next year.

“This is a busy time of the year for our company,” said Gordon Basichis, Co-Founder of Corra Group. “While many industries are winding it down for the year, we are making sure our clients can conduct employment screening for the candidates they are planning to hire for the following year. It is a squeeze for some employers as they are trying to max out whatever money is left in this year’s budget, in order to assure their staffing needs for the first quarter.

“Typically, these are not the lower level hires. Most clients at this point are conducting background checks on middle management and senior executives. Employers feel is it essential to staff these the upper level positions so the newly hired senior executives are ready to hit the ground running when the holidays are over and the year begins. In this economy they want to be sure there are no staffing glitches or any costly delays.”


For the complete press release click on this link.

Corra Group to Close for Thanksgiving Holiday

Mon, November 25th, 2013 - 6:27 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those employers conducting background checks for employment screening, please take note.


Corra Group will be closed Thursday, November 28, 2013 and

Friday, November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Our

office will reopen on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 8:30  a.m. PST.

Government agencies will also be closed for the national holiday.

Minor delays may occur for some search results.


Corra Group Assists Truckers with Employment Screening for DOT Audits

Mon, November 18th, 2013 - 3:07 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group is assisting trucking and transportation clients with achieving their compliance standards for possible DOT audits. As it is the season when the Department of Transportation typically audits start up and establishing trucking companies, Corra Group has received numerous phone calls from new and current clients asking for assistance in getting them in line with its background checks in the trucking package.

“This year we have experienced a greater number of signups in the trucking and transportation industry,” said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. “We have had a lot of larger trucking concerns, but also numerous startups run by guys with maybe one or two trucks with hopes of expansion. We even had several single, independent operators who opened accounts this year.

Gustavson explained that in order to be compliant even the single trucker must be a member of a random drug management consortium. He must be part of a pool so that is part of a larger group where half the drivers in that group are mandated to take random drug tests at least once a year.

“Trucking groups need to make sure that they run their drivers’ Motor Vehicle Driving Records at least once every twelve months,” said Gustavson. Many businesses prefer to run the MVRs more often than that to make sure their drivers havecurrent licenses in good standing. We hear the horror stories where the driver is caught operating a rig with a revoked or suspended license. So when the police pull the truck over for a routine stop or some traffic violation, that’s it. They take the driver to jail and impound the rig. It costs some serious money to bail out the driver and get the rig out of the pound. If there are perishables, then the company eats the cost as the insurance surely won’t pay on a driver with a suspended license.”


For the complete Press Release click on this link

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