Revisited–Canadian Paramedics Face Abuse on the Job

Thu, August 1st, 2013 - 2:23 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Here is a blast from the past on workplace violence and Canadian Paramedics facing workplace violence in the form of verbal and physical abuse.   As with their American counterparts, it’s not just the job itself that’s fraught with danger.   It’s the people the paramedics have to deal with…

“Working in healthcare can be a dangerous business.  Some employees, like nurses and emergency workers, should be getting hazard pay.    Not only are there incumbent dangerous of working in critical environments, dealing with diseases, infected needles, clothing, whatever, but on top of all that patients can give our healthcare workers a very difficult time.”

For the full article click on this link


Corra Group Expands Employment Screening Background Checks for Indian Candidates

Thu, July 25th, 2013 - 1:56 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group has expanded the types of background checks it offers for Indian employment candidates. Employers can now choose from a wider range of background checks regarding Indian job applicants.

“We are advancing our employment screening process for India,” said Corra Group Co-Founder, Gordon Basichis. “As more employers hire Indian candidates, especially in the technology and healthcare industries, we found it essential to offer easy access to a wider range of background checks. We are offering Indian criminal records, civil records, education verification and employment verification, and the extensive Indian database searches that reveal any criminal and civil sanctions and malfeasance.

“These background searches enable an employer to better review his candidate’s personal and professional history, “said Basichis. But perhaps more importantly, they help employers meet compliance standards that are mandated directly through contractual relationships with the American government, or indirectly through business arrangements with larger multinational corporations who in turn have government contracts. The Indian searches we offer meet the federal contract compliance mandates as well as the compliance requirements from multinational companies.”


For the complete release click on this  link.

Another Possible Factual Stretch on the Resume

Tue, July 23rd, 2013 - 11:22 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Funny, how things come in waves.  Seems to be a lot of creative fiction out there with regards to what people put on their resumes.  Some employment candidates stretch the truth a little bit, and then some make the whole thing up.   I wrote about this some time ago in an article entitled, What to Do When There are Discrepancies on Your Candidate’s Resume.  And then I recently re-posted that article.

Employers and recruiters often feel the upper level candidates wouldn’t dare lie on their resumes, or, to be kind, exaggerate their resumes.  How would they dare?  Wouldn’t they be discovered?  Apparently not.  Apparently, some upper level executives go for a long time  with fictional aspects to their resume, before it is discovered.   Take the former head at Yahoo, and any number of senior level executives who falsely claimed degrees or credentials other than what they could corroborate.

So it is not just the lower level candidates who stretch the truth.  You can understand it there at the middle and lower level hires.  What with the economy still struggling and with job competition being so fierce, everyone is looking to get what edge they can.

But now we potentially have a new candidate for the highlight reel on stretching the truth on a resume.  It appears that Leslie Cohen Berlowitz, president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, may not be all that she says she could be.   Or that she was, take your pick.  According to the article in the Boston Globe…  “In at least two applications for federal grants over the past decade, Berlowitz said she received a doctorate in English from New York University in 1969, a degree NYU said she never earned.

Berlowitz said in the applications for funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities that she had a “D. Phil” — the British abbreviation for a doctorate of philosophy or PhD — from NYU. The academy also described her repeatedly as a doctor in an employment ad.”

The article reflects that Berlowitz may have exaggerated her achievements in order to win a variety of generous grants.  So far, Berlowitz isn’t talking.

Said the article…said Berlowitz’s public relations representative…”“Neither the academy nor President Berlowitz is going to respond to subjective, interpretive, and gossipy allegations from former employees and unnamed sources,” Howell said in the statement. “Nor are they going to respond to personal questions that are irrelevant, do not belong in the public domain and, frankly, smack of sexism.”

And the beat goes on.

New Concerns About Government Security Background Checks

Thu, July 18th, 2013 - 1:18 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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There are something like three million Americans with high level security clearance.   That’s a lot of people who are privy to sensitive information.   Small wonder there are leaks and the more egregious breaches as evidenced by Edward Snowden.   Such leaks are embarrassing, and they are very costly both in security and financially.

Any person applying for security clearance is supposed to undergo a background check.  Fair enough.  But now the question is how thorough are these background checks?  With the government overwhelmed, security agencies are assigning background checks to the private sector.  Are they really doing their job or are they giving it short thrift?   Some investigators, it has been alleged, were making up the answers to the questions as they went along, rather than undergo the more tedious legwork.   Not good.

This Washington Post Article, NSA Leaks Raise Concerns About Reliability of  Government Sensitive Background System, is well worth the read.    On one level the article examines the flaws in the system and the possible vagaries found in the background checks.  The article questions the effectiveness of these background reports and the means by which they are being conducted.

On a larger scale one has to wonder how can any national manage over three million people with high level security clearances?  And then the issue of privatization of our national security–what are the pitfalls long and short term?


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