Corra Group Assists Truckers with Employment Screening for DOT Audits

Mon, November 18th, 2013 - 3:07 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group is assisting trucking and transportation clients with achieving their compliance standards for possible DOT audits. As it is the season when the Department of Transportation typically audits start up and establishing trucking companies, Corra Group has received numerous phone calls from new and current clients asking for assistance in getting them in line with its background checks in the trucking package.

“This year we have experienced a greater number of signups in the trucking and transportation industry,” said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. “We have had a lot of larger trucking concerns, but also numerous startups run by guys with maybe one or two trucks with hopes of expansion. We even had several single, independent operators who opened accounts this year.

Gustavson explained that in order to be compliant even the single trucker must be a member of a random drug management consortium. He must be part of a pool so that is part of a larger group where half the drivers in that group are mandated to take random drug tests at least once a year.

“Trucking groups need to make sure that they run their drivers’ Motor Vehicle Driving Records at least once every twelve months,” said Gustavson. Many businesses prefer to run the MVRs more often than that to make sure their drivers havecurrent licenses in good standing. We hear the horror stories where the driver is caught operating a rig with a revoked or suspended license. So when the police pull the truck over for a routine stop or some traffic violation, that’s it. They take the driver to jail and impound the rig. It costs some serious money to bail out the driver and get the rig out of the pound. If there are perishables, then the company eats the cost as the insurance surely won’t pay on a driver with a suspended license.”

 

For the complete Press Release click on this link

Corra Group Open for Veteran’s Day

Fri, November 8th, 2013 - 11:38 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting country criminal records checks as background checks for employment screening, please take note. 

 

Thank you to our veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces for their sacrifices on behalf of our country! 

 

Courts will be closed Monday, November 11, 2013 in observance of Veteran’s Day.  Corra Group will  be open on Monday.  Our offices  will also be open on Tuesday, November 12. 

Corra Group Anticipates Increased Business Research Background Checks Thanks to Congressional Debt Ceiling Deal

Tue, October 29th, 2013 - 6:25 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group has ramped up its business research services in anticipation of increased business activity now that the federal government has been reopened and the debt ceiling controversy has been at least temporarily resolved. The El Segundo based company expects both corporations and smaller businesses to try and close deals before the next financial crisis.

“Our clients told us they were putting deals on hold until the latest political crisis in Washington had been resolved,” said Corra Group Co-Founder, Gordon Basichis. “The closing of the government and the growing concern that the federal government was going over the cliff and defaulting on its loans created enormous uncertainty. There was so much speculation, it just made people nervous.

“If the government did default then there was a strong probability that interests rates would spike. And if interest rates went up the higher cost of doing business might lower the demand for goods and services. Deals in place, such as partnerships, mergers, and co-ventures, are suddenly not as viable as they were a couple of months ago. They can fall by the wayside.”

 

For the complete press release please click on this link.

Secure Your Business from Departing Employees

Tue, October 22nd, 2013 - 10:34 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Since the economic downturn of the Great Recession, employee theft has been on the rise.  It is not just notepads and pencils anymore, but the theft of sensitive databases and proprietary information.   Client lists are often stolen, and quite often by those employees who have been dismissed or have taken another job.

Such theft can put a big dent in your business.  While background checks and professional reference checks are helpful in the aftermath, when hiring a new employment candidate, at this juncture they probably will do you little good.

According to  a synopsis of an article in the Wall Street Journal…”Technology has made it easier for departing employees to steal company information. Rather than sneak out documents, they need only download company information to a mobile device or upload it to an online storage service. A recent survey by the Ponemon Institute and Symantec Corp. reveals that 50 percent of employees polled had taken confidential documents with them when they switched jobs. Security experts say employers can guard against information theft by understanding what data must be protected, where it is stored, and the level of access granted to every employee. Companies should avoid having sensitive information stored in different computer systems and among different departments or business units, and they should automatically revoke access when an employee leaves. They also can track sensitive information using data-loss prevention software and should ensure communication between information technology security managers and the human resources department to keep abreast of pending layoffs and other personnel issues.”

The article also suggests that legal or privacy experts share information pertaining to data theft, etc. with human resources human resources.   The article cautions that laws differ in various countries.

 

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