Court Delays in Washington D.C.

Wed, October 2nd, 2013 - 3:08 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those who order background checks for pre-employment screening, please be aware that there are delays in Washington D.C. for county criminal records searches and county civil records searches.   The shutdown of the federal government has caused a backlog in these orders.

Due to the ongoing Congressional budget impasse, courts in Washington, D.C. are experiencing reporting delays. We will keep you apprised of any court closures or changes in service as the situation unfolds.

 

City of Seattle to Prohibit Background Checks During the First Round of the Employment Process

Mon, September 30th, 2013 - 12:45 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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In order to discourage discriminating practices against convicted felons, the City of Seattle has passed legislation prohibiting employers from conducting background checks through the first stage of the hiring process.   the idea behind the legislation, as I understand it, is so that the human resources manager can take a good look at the skills sets and general attributes of the job applicant without being prejudiced by previous criminal records.   This, the Seattle City Council believes, will help increase employment for he poor and needy and by virtue of their getting jobs, it will reduce crime.

According to the article in the SLOG, employers will be subject to warnings and then fines up to $1,000.00  if they disregard the law.  Employers, the council hopes, will only consider past criminal records if the convictions are relative to the job.

Corra Group Adds Background Checks for Latin America

Thu, September 26th, 2013 - 1:38 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group has added an assortment of background checks to its roster of Latin American and South American searches. As increased interest and a recovering global economy has created greater demand for a wider array of services, Corra Group is expanding its range of background searches for both employment screening and business research.

“Following the economic recovery from the Great Recession, the paradigm has changed globally but with special respect to Central America and South America,” said Gordon Basichis, Corra Group Co-Founder. “The nations comprising Latin America are boasting active economies since the recovery. There is considerable economic growth. But, since the recession, entities are exercising greater caution when engaging in trade or co-ventures in the developing nations. Gone are the days when there was a freewheeling atmosphere and the belief the party would last forever. More sober times call for greater due diligence and corporate research.

“Executives need to know if prospective clients and partners businesses are solvent and the principles reputable,” said Basichis. “In some cases, not just in Latin America, but around the world it has sometimes become an art form just to be paid for delivered goods and services. A business can spend months chasing down money owed. For the small business, this is often money that they counted on. The consequences can be devastating.”

Basichis noted that about six months ago Corra Group began receiving more inquiries regarding the types of international searches the background checking service offered, especially for Latin America. “We did our research and conducted careful sourcing, forming partnerships with researchers we found to be reputable and effective,” said Basichis. “In addition to international criminal checks, we can now offer credit checks on the principles as well as corporate credit reports on the entities. We now offer civil searches in many countries as well as identity verification checks.”

 

For the complete release click on this link

 

OP-Ed Writer Fired for Lying About Her PHD Education Degree

Fri, September 20th, 2013 - 11:01 am - By Gordon Basichis

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If you don’t believe people lie about having their degrees then read this article.  Even those in high places have been discovered to have lied about their degree.   A simple background check would have revealed that the person did not have a degree.

In this case the person was an op-ed writer for the Wall Street Journal.  This  was the same person who Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain quoted in citing reasons for launching an attack against Syria.  Now, for me, I’m  not saying the PHD she claimed she had would have given her any more wisdom in understanding the dynamics of Syria than world experience.  There are college dropouts and even high school dropouts who have made fortunes without benefit or, as some feel, hindrance of a diploma.

But then in this case the writer lied about it.  And she was fired. One wonders if upon hiring her, the publication just took her claim to a PHD at face value or actually conducted an education verification.  I’d say probably not.

According to Politico…”The Syria researcher whose Wall Street Journal op-ed piece was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings about the use of force has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying about having a Ph.D., the group announced on Wednesday.

“The Institute for the Study of War has learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth O’Bagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University,” the institute said in a statement. “ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/wall-street-journal-elizabeth-obagy-fired-96637.html#ixzz2fSJuJp2V

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