Corra Group to Be Close for Memorial Day Holiday

Fri, May 23rd, 2014 - 9:55 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting employment screening, please take not that Corra Group will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday.

We will be closed Monday, May 26, and will reopen Tuesday May 27 and regular business hours.

Everyone…have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend.

Chinese military Unit Charged withCcyber-Espionage against U.S. Firms

Mon, May 19th, 2014 - 6:15 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Interesting headline about Chinese Cyber Spying.  I wrote about this in my novel, The Guys Who Spied for China.  The novel was a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.   The book was a roman a clef, detailing Chinese Espionage Networks operating in the United States.

Now here we are again.

According to the article in the Washington Post

“The Justice Department has indicted five members of the Chinese military on charges of hacking into computers and stealing valuable trade secrets from leading steel, nuclear plant and solar power firms, marking the first time that the United States has leveled such criminal charges against a foreign country.

The landmark case paves the way for more indictments and demonstrates that the United States is serious about holding foreign governments accountable for crimes committed in cyberspace, officials said at a news conference Monday.”

 

A Sad Comment on Our Times When Schools Have to Prepare for Workplace Violence

Wed, May 14th, 2014 - 9:23 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Workplace violence has been on the increase for several years now.  There have been several reports depicting the tribulations of healthcare workers, especially, and how they have to deal with everything from verbal abuse to physical assaults.  There is the type of workplace violence that is interior, meaning one worker threatening or assaulting another.  There is another type where an outsider, but someone known to the staff, say a significant other, enters the workplace and commits violence.  And then there is the outsider who invades the workplace wishing to cause bodily harm.

It’s an unfortunate sign of the times that schools today are now preparing their students for possible workplace violence.  As we all know, there have been several tragic incidents where kids and teachers have been wounded and killed on the campus.

According to the West Central Tribune,  Minnesota school students are now being trained for the possibility of workplace violence.

According to the article…”Along with conducting regular fire drills, Minnesota school students are now required to practice how to respond to an active shooter in the building. Schools practice because of an increasing number of deadly events all across the country.”

Once upon a time all we had to worry about is our kids not getting bullied by the bigger students and whether or not they get good grades.  Now, sadly, it has come to this.

Do Employment Credit Checks Hinder Hiring as Much as Claimed?

Tue, May 6th, 2014 - 10:33 am - By Gordon Basichis

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After the economy took a downturn and  the U.S. and the rest of the world experienced one of the worst Recessions, personal credit took a nosedive.  As the housing market went upside down and people who paid way too much above actual value found themselves in foreclosure,  even good credit went to lousy credit in no time at all.   Couple that with the stark reality that people were living on credit and consequently living way over their heads and you have a problem.

So now there is hue and cry that credit reports inhibit employers from hiring people with poor credit.  There are arguments that the job applicants do not have the ability to defend themselves and are not notified through a pre-adverse action letter so that they can address any discrepancies in their credit reports.   There are arguments that lower income employment candidates are  more affected because they tend to have bad credit.

As the article in the Consumer Eagle indicates…”As criticism of the practice has mounted, at least 10 states have passed legislation restricting its use, and bills have been brought in Congress to do the same on a national level. Last December, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Equal Employment for All Act, which would allow credit checks in hiring only for positions that require national security clearance. In a written statement issued at the time she filed the legislation, Warren said, “This is about basic fairness – let people compete on the merits, not on whether they already have enough money to pay their bills.”

As it now stands, even the states restricting employment credit reports allow for special circumstances, such as for financially related positions, where sensitive data is available and for compliance with government compliance.   As as the Human Resources organization, SHRM, points out, most employers still hire people with bad credit.  Another fact, from we see at Corra Group, ten percent or less of our clients even run employment credit reports for any reason.

Employment credit reports pose a complex and difficult list of questions.   Many of those questions are based address in terms of how many employers actually conduct background checks and what in all reality in terms of hiring practices.  And more importantly, are employers following the compliance standards as provided by the FCRA?   If not, then this is terribly unfair to job applicants.  Whatever hiring policy, employers need to give their employment candidates a chance to respond to any records found in the employment screening report.

 

 

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