Employee Charged With Trade Secret Theft

Fri, April 25th, 2014 - 12:47 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Employee theft has been on the increase for some time now.  Since the Recession, especially, the increase is quite substantial.  It is not just staplers and pencils anymore.  Employees are setting up dummy vendor accounts in computer data banks and writing themselves checks for services never rendered.  There are increased stores about corporate espionage, insider jobs, and theft  of proprietary information.

Here is another story where a former employer from Microsoft has been accused of stealing trade secrets.

According to the Bloomberg Article…”A former Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) employee was charged with stealing the software maker’s trade secrets, including code for a program to protect against copyright infringement, and leaking them to a blogger in France.

“The Center for Responsible Enterprise & Trade, a Washington-based advocacy organization headed by former Microsoft Deputy General Counsel Pamela Passman, in February released a study on the economic effects of trade-secret theft. The study identified “malicious insiders” as one of five categories of potential misappropriators of trade secrets. The others were nation states, competitors, transnational organized crime and what the report’s authors called “hactavists.”

“Microsoft was alerted to the theft in 2012 by an individual, who asked that his… Read More

Always wise to conduct background checks for pre-employment screening but also for current employees.  Sometimes you can discover before they damage you if they have any legal or financial troubles or have incidents of substance abuse.

 

 

 

 

Court Closures for Good Friday & Patriots’ Day

Thu, April 17th, 2014 - 11:14 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks for their employment screening programs, please take note of the following court closures for Good Friday and Patriot’s Day.

Courts in Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 18 for Good Friday. Massachusetts courts will be closed on Monday, April 21, 2014 for Patriots’ Day.

The Troubling Consequences of Hiring Sex Offenders

Tue, April 15th, 2014 - 10:24 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Sex offenders always present a difficult situation.   There are few good sides to hiring a sex offender.   Most of the other staff will dislike him intensely with some considering more than just verbal abuse.  This is especially the case if the sex offender has had criminal convictions for assaulting a child or someone underage.   In short, sex  offenders are often very toxic to the workplace.

Recently, a client called.  He is an attorney and directs many of his clients toward us for employment screening.  Some of his clients, however, do not avail themselves of our services.  One such client hired a man without running the requisite background checks.  Shortly after he went to work, the client a fashionable resort hotel, started to get complaints about the new employee.  The client was making not so subtle advances on both the female staff and general staff.  Most cited him for his general creepiness.  Human Resources, now after the fact, Googled the guy and found he was indeed a registered sex offender.  As to what he did to make the registry, ZI will leave to your imaginations.  So now, the hotel is stuck with him until enough complaints are registered so that they can let him go.

Word of advice to all companies.  Have an employment screening program in place.  Run your background checks before hiring anyone.   That way you will know what you are getting yourself into.

And then there are these two convicted sex offenders.  Two numbskulls who were arrested in Anaheim, yesterday, for the rape and murder of four women.  I honestly don’t know yet if these two were working or not.  But background checks are a way to keep such trash from the workplace.  One can only imagine them acting out on the job.   The horror if it, and all the liability factors.   To say nothing of what it does for employee morale.

According  to the article in the Los Angeles Times…”Murder and rape charges were filed Monday against two registered sex offenders accused of killing four women who vanished from the streets of Orange County.”

Do yourself a favor.  Check them out before you hire.

Corra Group Adds Monthly Sanctions Monitoring Background Checks for the Healthcare Industry

Thu, April 10th, 2014 - 10:20 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Medical Sanctions

Medical Sanctions

Corra Group has added monthly monitoring of healthcare sanctions background checks to its healthcare employment screening program. The monthly monitoring system helps keep any healthcare related institutions, including hospitals and medical centers, staffing and recruiting contractors, in compliance with the new guidelines issues last year from of the Office of Inspector General.

The updated OIG policy bulletin stipulates that “no Federal health care program payment may be made for any items or services furnished (1) by an excluded person or (2) at the medical direction or on the prescription of an excluded person.”

“Corra Group has offered a comprehensive list of background checks to the healthcare industry,” said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. “We provide such employment screening services as criminal records searches and drug screening. But now that the updated GSA guidelines are gaining impact, we are finding more of our healthcare clients requesting regular monitoring sanctions programs for their current and future employees.

“We are offering several types of healthcare related monitoring programs for excluded and sanctioned parties,” said Gustavson. “With one program we offer the Level One and Level Three FACIS searches. The Level One is a monthly search of the OIG and GSA excluded parties list. The Level Three FACIS search includes the OIG and GSA excluded parties list as well includes the OIG and GSA lists but incorporates any sanctions or disciplinary actions from some 2,500 local, state, or federal healthcare related agencies.

 

For the complete press release click on this link.

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