A Strong Job Market–Before You Hire, Be Sure to Do Your Background Checks

Tue, January 6th, 2015 - 10:09 am - By Gordon Basichis

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The job market is more robust than it has been in years.   This is no secret.  As the economy transits out of a competitive job market to one where the employment candidate has some advantage, it is clear employers have to move faster in order to hire the more talented applicants, those most suited for their working environment.

According to an article in Bloomberg…”Companies recognize it’s getting harder to find employees, so they’re making their hiring decisions more quickly, Joerres added. Employers now take about three months on average to hire a worker from the time they put in a request with Manpower. That’s down 30 percent from about 18 months ago.”

So one bit of caution.  Never be in so much of a hurry to hire a job candidate that you don’t conduct a thorough package of background checks. Employment screening is a necessity in a world where there are far too many surprises potentially about an applicant’s checkered past.

Corra Group Beefs Up Background Checks for Accounting Firms Entering the Tax Season

Mon, December 29th, 2014 - 10:14 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group is preparing for the seasonal escalation from accounting firms who are gearing up to prepare for the tax season. The El Segundo headquartered background checking service is offering a variety of employment screening searches, including international criminal and civil searches, as well as employment credit reports.

“This is the time when accounting firms are gearing up for tax season,” said Corra Group Co-Founder, Nick Gustavson. “Accounting firms typically expand this time of year, hiring temporary staff and independent contractors. In a year when the economy has turned around, we expect hiring to be unusually robust.

“We find a fair number of accounting personnel to be recent immigrants,” said Gustavson. “in additional to our certified professionals and accounting screening package we are offering international criminal and civil searches to the employers hiring for tax season. If an employer chooses to see if his employment candidate has any disturbing history in country of origin, it will have the capability to to check it out.”

Gustavson pointed out that it is important to conduct county criminal and county civil background checks, and federal civil background checks are absolutely necessary. He noted how the majority of white collar crimes are often federal cases.

For the complete press release, please click here.

Why Background Checks Will Help With Nanny Searches

Mon, December 22nd, 2014 - 11:34 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Here is a case that is a curiosity but also one of caution.  Here is a woman who was  hired as a Nanny.  Which means you are supposed to work at the job.  This particular Nanny thought otherwise.  Apparently, she sat in her room, didn’t clean house and didn’t take care of the children.   The couple who hired her tried to fire her and get her out of their house.  She wouldn’t go.

According to the article in CBS Los Angeles….”On Thursday, CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Amy Johnson picked up the story she first reported Wednesday.

She said new details are emerging about Diane Stretton’s background, including several lawsuits she has filed and that have been filed against her, even cases involving family members.

Johnson spoke to several people, some by phone, and from all over the country, who said they had had legal dealings with Stretton.

Johnson said there are cases involving homeowners association upkeep, traffic accidents, estates, appliance purchases, even rental cars.

Of course, the family was advised to conduct background checks.   But background checks work best as part of the pre-employment screening process.  Running them in the aftermath will only tell you what you just go yourself into.  Be smart and check them out before you hire.


Corra Group Office Hours Schedule for the 2014 Holiday Season

Fri, December 19th, 2014 - 2:03 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those client who conduct background checks for employment screening purposes, please take note of Corra Group’s holiday office hours.   Also, please take note the courts will be closed for both Christmas and New Year’s Day and some will be closed the following Fridays of both holidays.

Corra Group will be closing at 1PM Pacific Time on Wednesday, December 24th and will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, December 28th.

Corra Group will then be closing early,  1 PM, Pacific Time December 31st and will reopen for regular office hours on Monday, January 5th, 2015.


We would like to wish all of our clients, associates and friends a wonderful holiday season.



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