San Francisco Becomes Fifth City to “Ban the Box”

Thu, February 27th, 2014 - 1:21 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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San Francisco is the fifth city to legislate for employment screening what is commonly known as “Ban the Box.”

Some  believe that by banning the box,meaning where the job candidate is not required to check the box asking if he as criminal records, will level the playing field.  The belief is the human resources manager will not be prejudiced by previous criminal convictions before assessing the candidate’s capability and skill sets.  Proponents believe it helps dilute discriminatory practices.

Opponents believe it puts more pressure on employers to determine criminal histories and how it may impact the job.  The employer must now use  increased background checks to search for additional evidence of criminal behavior.  Opponents also argue that if an employment candidate is of a demographic where criminal behavior is more prevalent, they might automatically reject the client offhand and not

request an interview.   Opponents also point to the dangers of employer negligence where the employer is potentially liable if the candidate with criminal records snaps out on the job and kills or injures other staff members.  the refrain–“Why didn’t they discover this person was a criminal and capable of violent action?

 The idea behind ban the box is not only to quell discriminatory practices during the initial stages of employment screening but to try to give qualified candidates, who had mess up in their lives, and second chance.  In a tough job market this is often easier said than done. As a nation of second chances, in spirit at least it can be a viable solution.  But like most things theoretical, there may be some issue.  But until we know the results, it is certainly worth a try.




Corra Group Now Offers CDLIS to Aid Trucking Companies in Determining History of Commercial Drivers

Tue, February 25th, 2014 - 10:33 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group is now offering the new CDLIS to accommodate its trucking and transportation clients so that they may determine their driver’s past history of where he possessed commercial driver’s license.According to the FMCSA, the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) plays a critical role in this effort by providing the information technology platform which all States and the District of Columbia use to transmit conviction, disqualification, and other driver history record information for CDL holders.

“We have a great number of trucking and transportation clients and the trucking package they need,” said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. “To be compliant with Department of Transportation regulations, it is necessary that they run the Motor Vehicle Records search at least once a year for every commercial driver. Additionally, it’s important for a trucking company to know employee’s driving records in order to calculate insurance premiums that are based on driving performance.”

“We see scenarios where, despite the legal conflict, sometimes drivers will carry more than one driving license and not tell their employers,” said Gustavson. “They will have a driver’s license in one state and a driver’s license in yet another. We have had clients who are mystified when rivers are stopped for a violation and in worse case scenarios they are arrested and their trucks impounded. It costs many thousands of dollars to bail out the driver and get the truck out of the pound.”


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Kid Cons Walmart Employees in Three Different Stores Out of $30 Thousand

Wed, February 19th, 2014 - 1:24 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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And who said kids aren’t enterprising anymore?  According to this article in CBS Houston, a seventeen-year-old convinced Walmart Staff Members that he was an employee.  He then helped himself to bundles of cash.  In all, he stole $30 thousand from three different stores.

According to the article…”At a Walmart in Moore, the teen “acted as if he was a general manager from another store,” says the police report. He told the managers he was doing an inventory before corporate higher ups came to inspect them after the holidays.

Surveillance cameras recorded the teen all alone in the cash room where he took “multiple bundles of cash, stuffing them inside his pockets and clothes,” says the report.

He allegedly showed up in uniform and nametag at a store in Edmond, where he worked a register and pocketed $3,000.”

Now there is any amounts of comments on this.  One  being, what kind of staff sees a kid come through with a nametag and uniform and doesn’t ask questions.  Maybe background checks and reference verification would prevent a business for hiring people dumb enough to fall for a ploy.    If the kid asked to borrow the truck, would they have handed over the keys?  Employment screening would certainly be cheaper than the $30 thousand they lost in the heist.  To say nothing of the embarrassment.


Update on Court Closures

Thu, February 13th, 2014 - 12:18 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting employment screening, we would like to take this opportunity to notify you of weather delays that are currently being experienced throughout the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast sections of the country.


Minor delays may occur for some searches.  Omni will be sure to return results as expeditiously as possible as weather conditions continue to improve.


Specific states with indicated delays are listed below:






New Jersey

New Hampshire

New York



Washington, D.C.

West Virginia


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