Corra Group Increases the Number of Drug Test Collection Sites to Meet the Employment Screening Needs of the Strong Growth Healthcare Industry

Thu, August 28th, 2014 - 2:11 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group is providing a wide range of drug collection sites in order to accommodate the compliance needs of those in the healthcare industry. As the healthcare industry continues as one of the strongest growth sectors in American Industry , there is a greater need for for such personnel as nurse practitioners, and people working in home health care services.

“Often drug tests are mandated before healthcare workers can be put on the job,” said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. “There are pre-employment screening drug tests and the periodic drug tests with emphasis on contractors who work for the different recruiting agencies. When the healthcare worker accepts a new position, the staffing agency is required to conduct drug test as one of several background checks. Additional background searches may range from criminal records searches, to Healthcare Sanctions background checks .

“Any healthcare facility that is supported in any way with government funding is required to have its personnel undergo the healthcare sanctions background check,” said Gustavson. “It doesn’t matter if the employee is a doctor, a nurse, or even the IT guy who can’t tell a scalpel from a thermometer. If he is on the healthcare sanctions list, the medical facility is at risk of losing its government funding.”

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

Courts Closed for Labor Day

Thu, August 28th, 2014 - 2:09 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those who conduct background checks for employment screening, please note the courts will be closed Monday, September 1st, for Labor Day.


Courts  Closed for Labor Day


All courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Virgina, West Virginia, and North Carolina will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day.

Having a Confidential Information Policy

Thu, August 21st, 2014 - 2:43 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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This is a good article from Lexology.  With corporate espionage and employment theft on the increase, having a confidential information policy in place may not be the ultimate security guarantee, but it does help.
Tips on What Your Confidential Information Policies Must Have
Lexology (08/01/14) Machum, G. Grant; Strachan, Alison

Employers need policies in place to ensure private and confidential information stays that way. These policies must have clear definitions of “confidential” and “private” information, which should be tailored to their particular business, and the policy must be communicated to all employees, with meetings and training sessions held to ensure employees read over the policy and ask any questions they might have. The policy also should detail the consequences of a breach and require employees to return all company property upon termination, and employees should understand they have obligations to protect this information even after their employment ends. Taking these steps ensures that employers have the documentation needed to protect their business in the event that confidential information is disclosed.

For the full article click on this link.


As Corporate Espionage Increases, Man is Sentenced to Fifteen Years in Prison

Tue, August 19th, 2014 - 1:13 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Corporate espionage is on the upswing.  Since the Great Recession and the economic downturn, either desperate employees or conniving employees have resorted to stealing trade secrets and proprietary information.  We at Corra Group know of at least one company that was seriously damaged by an employee stealing one of their most valued trade secrets and selling it to a foreign company.

Once upon a time there was more loyalty between entity and employee.  For the most part, that seems to be long gone along with the twenty year stints at one company at the gold watch at retirement.  Today it is essential to conduct background checks on all employment candidates, but it is also wise to conduct ongoing background checks to be sure they have not gotten into the kind of trouble that would cause them to steal.  Remember, we are not talking about a few paper clips and notepads anymore.  We are talking about the theft of information that could cause serious damage to your company.

Here is an excerpt of the article from the Wall Street Journal.

California chemical engineer Walter Liew has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $28.3 million for economic espionage. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said Thursday that Liew had “turned against his adopted country over greed” when he sold Chinese government-controlled companies DuPont’s secret recipe for the white pigment titanium dioxide. Liew received $28 million from those companies in exchange for the recipe. Aside from the $28.3 million, the engineering company launched by Liew and his wife was fined $18.9 million. Two former DuPont engineers have already been convicted of economic espionage for their involvement in the case. The Liews are believed to have hired those engineers and paid them thousands of dollars to steal documents related to the manufacturing process for titanium dioxide.

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