If You Want to Decrease the Chance of Workplace Violence, Have a Employee Firing Protocol Established

Thu, November 29th, 2012 - 12:32 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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No employee is happy about being fired.    Who would in these times where the economy is still sluggish and decent jobs are difficult to find. Some take their firing  with good grace, and some feel their being fired  is unwarranted or harsh and become agitated and voice their feelings of betrayal and abandonment.

And then there are some that snap out and turn violent.  In most instances it is some momentary rage, kicking over the trashcan, sweeping equipment from their desks.   A violent outburst that is still somewhat constrained and fades quickly as the now former employee storms out the door, determined to describe for their managers just what they have thought of them.

An article from CBS Minnesota encourages employers to have a formal protocol established as the means of firing employees.   According to  the article, Dan Seman, CEO of Avalon Security, advises it is ill advised to terminate an employee off the cuff.   Seman advises to have plain clothes security on site who will escort the terminate employee to his car.   He advises that the employee should not be permitted to return to his office.

According to the article…”“I think often times employees aren’t so easy to predict,” said Dr. Kelly Wilson, a forensic psychologist with PsyBar….The only way, usually, that an employer finds out about those things is if they have an environment where employees feel comfortable enough to say something,” Wilson said.

Careful termination planning and protocol can greatly minimize the chance for violence erupting at an employee’s firing.”

Reminder That Corra Group Will Close for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Wed, November 21st, 2012 - 6:00 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks as part of their employment screening program, this is a reminder that Corra Group will close at 1:A.M. on Wednesday, November, 21st, and remain closed Thursday and Friday.  The background screening service will reopen at regular business hours, Monday, November 26th.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Despite Legalized and Medical Marijuana Rulings, Employers Still Conduct Drug Tests

Tue, November 20th, 2012 - 12:51 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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One of the largest controversies in terms of background checks is the drug test and how a positive result affects employees and job applicants who have legal prescriptions for medial marijuana.  How does it affect the hiring practices of, say, employers with a zero drug tolerance policy.  There are a number of cases in the courts addressing such key issues.

Nevertheless, most employers have not been deterred from conducting drug screening.  For the most part those employers who do order drug tests are doing so to meet compliance standards in their industries.  Many healthcare sectors mandate a drug test and some sectors where government contracts are involved also make drug screening compulsory.

According to the website, Nine on Your Side…”But private companies like Boeing and Costco say they will still require employees to pass drug tests

“Private employers that don’t have a union can pretty much do what they want,” said Mike Subit, employment attorney. “They’re not protected from federal prosecution and they’re not protected from being fired.”

As long as marijuana remains illegal under federal law, standard drug testing policies will remain the norm.”

Corra Group to Close for Thanksgiving Holiday

Fri, November 16th, 2012 - 11:03 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks for employment screening purposes, please be advised Corra Group will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Corra Group will close mid-afternoon, Wednesday November 21st and will be closed Thursday and Friday of that week.   The background screening service will reopen for regular business hours on Monday November 26th.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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