Corra Group to Close for the Fourth of July Weekend

Wed, July 3rd, 2013 - 10:15 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those employers who conduct background checks as part of their pre-employment screening programs, please take note that Corra Group will be closed for the Fourth of July weekend.

Corra Group will be closed Thursday, July 4th, and Friday, July 5th, and will reopen for regular business hours, Monday July 8th.

Please not that all criminal and civil courts throughout the United States will be closed Thursday, July 4th.  Most courts will also be closed Friday, July 5th.

Corra Group wants to wish everyone a very happy Fourth of July.  Be safe.  Have fun.  See you after the weekend.



Corra Group Offers Pre-Employment Screening Background Checks to Healthcare Industry

Mon, July 1st, 2013 - 11:57 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group has initiated employment screening packages and expanded its services to the healthcare industry. Based on various news releases, including the joint Pro Public/Los Angeles Times Pulitzer Prize winning studies, the increased services will assist both healthcare facilities and staffing agencies in properly vetting their employer candidates.

In such articles jointly published by Pro Publica and the Los Angeles Times and written by Tracy Weber and Charles Orenstein, entitled, Temp Firms a Magnet for Unfit Nurses, and California Eyes Discipline for Nurses Sanction by Other States,contend that high demand for nurses and scant oversight enable nurses and other healthcare workers have been sanctioned elsewhere for sexual abuse, neglect, rampant drug use and criminality but could work freely by moving to different states.

“There are fly-by-night recruiting firms that want to do the minimum of employment screening in order to get their healthcare workers hired,” said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. “And then some staffing groups try to be diligent, but if not carefully checked, past misconduct on the part of healthcare workers can slip through the cracks.

“Corra Group can deliver a comprehensive group of background searches that will benefit staffing agencies and healthcare facilities,” he said. “Staffing groups, hospitals, and even the local doctor’s office can avail themselves of our employment screening packages.”


For the entire article click on this link.

Cooking School in Italian Prison Assists with Actual Rehabilitation

Mon, June 24th, 2013 - 10:35 am - By Gordon Basichis

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We often discuss criminal records with respect to background checks and employment screening. We discuss various guidelines and about giving those with criminal records a second chance when it comes to finding a job.   We talk of crime and punishment and the dismal conditions  within a  prison.

Well,here is how one Italian prison has addressed criminals and the rehabilitation of its inmates.  Cooking school.  Star chefs will visit the prison from time to time, offering valuable lessons.  The inmates themselves love the cooking school and morale is high.   As for the school, there is also a restaurant.  And reservations are backed up with people waiting to sample the gourmet fare.

Here is a link to the story that was on Dateline


And here is a link to the video on YouTube.

This is well worth watching.  For a lot of reasons.  Enjoy.

Seattle is Latest City to Add Ban the Box to Employment Applications

Fri, June 21st, 2013 - 11:01 am - By Gordon Basichis

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In hopes of avoiding discrimination and to give former convicted criminals the ability to compete on an even playing field, a number of cities and states have implemented “ban the box” laws.”  These laws prevent employers from printing a check box on their application forms where the candidate must check off whether they have ever been convicted of a criminal record.

Among other places, Minnesota, Buffalo, NY, and Seattle, WA have added themselves to a growing list of municipalities that have ban the box laws.   While in all cases the ban the box statutes does not restrict employers form conducting background checks or refusing to hire convicted felons, it does cause employer to first estimate a job applicant’s qualifications on their own merits without the bias of knowing the applicant has a criminal record.

For more information on this subject, click on this link for the NELP or the National Employment Law Project.


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