Baggage Handler Allegedly Steals Newly Printed Money

Tue, January 8th, 2013 - 1:25 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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We all hear stories about baggage handlers stealing stuff out of our luggage.  Some of us have experienced such a lost.  We board the plane, after going through the rigorous and often exhausting security search only to arrive at our destination, pick up our luggage to discover our new electric shaver or designer clothing is missing from our bags.  Oh, where did it go? Let me guess.

Times are tough, and the economy is problematic.  But still, when you get on an airplane there should be reasonable expectation when you reach your destination, you shouldn’t be missing the stuff you brought with you.   I mean, supposedly the airline carriers, the TSA, and everyone else involved conduct background checks on their new employment hires.  Don’t they?

Well, I suppose it’s sorry consolation, but even the Department of the Treasury can get ripped off.   In this case, one of the baggage handlers allegedly helped himself to some free samples of newly printed currency.

According to the article ion the CBS Philly website….”A US Airways baggage handler from southwest Philadelphia is facing federal theft charges for allegedly taking two stacks of brand new $100 bills totaling $20,000 from a plane that was unloaded at Philadelphia International Airport nearly two weeks ago.”

The money was supposed to be delivered to the Federal Reserve.  It didn’t get there.  At least, not all of it.  When the truck reached the Federal Reserve, it was discovered that one of the money packages had been torn up and $20 thousand was missing from the package.   Well one way to look at it is there was  more than $3 million being delivered, so a mere twenty grand…hey….

Employee theft is up.  The moral of the story, while there is always a first time for everything, run background checks on your job applicants.   More often than not,  it will save you a lot of aggravation.

President Obama’s Administration Encourages Drug Tests for Certain Employees

Wed, January 2nd, 2013 - 2:14 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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President Obama and his administration have encouraged employers to conduct drug tests as background checks for their employment screening programs.   The administration believes that employment drug tests will boost productivity in the work place and reduce healthcare costs.

As Corra Group provides drug testing background checks to its clients, we have experience in seeing how many potentially difficult employees can be filtered out from the hiring consideration.  We have also seen where random drug tests can address productivity and compliance issues while reducing the safety of other employees.   Let’s face it, people on drugs and using heavy machinery as part of their job is not a good idea.

According to the article in the Huffington Post…””While we believe that employers can use testing as one of a variety of tools to help guide employees suffering from substance abuse disorders into treatment –- which as we announced yesterday is not a moral failing but a treatable disease -– it is certainly not our policy that every employer in America ought to test and punish employees,” Rafael Lemaitre, spokesman for the administration’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in an email.

The U.S. Labor Department has not yet offered its guidance to states regarding drug tests.   However, the practice of drug testing employees, especially those engaged in positions involving heavy machinery or sensitive areas, seems like a good idea to us.

California County Courthouses to Close for the Holidays

Fri, December 28th, 2012 - 12:29 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those who country criminal records  and county civil records checks for employment screening purposes, please take note that the following California Courthouses will be closed accordingly for the holiday season–

El Dorado CA

Monday, December 24, 2012 thru Friday, January 4, 2013

Lake CA

Monday, December 24, 2012 thru Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Placer CA

Monday, December 24, 2012 thru Tuesday, January 1, 2013

San Joaquin CA

Monday, December 24, 2012 thru Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Solano CA

Monday, December 24, 2012 thru Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ventura CA

Monday, December 24, 2012 thru Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Revisit on Industrial Espionage

Thu, December 27th, 2012 - 6:37 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Industrial espionage is increasingly a concern for employers.  Be it manufacturers of hard good or manufacturers of technology and related services, if your business is worth noting then you can be sure someone is out there thinking about acquiring your trade secrets.   In a bad economy, where businesses are watching every dollar, it stands to reason that some of the more nefarious types may find it more cost-effective to steal trade secrets than conduct their own research and development programs.

Some companies are more vulnerable than others.   But to believe your business is inured from industrial espionage or not particularly vulnerable to attack, then think again.  Most i9ndustrial espionage comes from inside jobs.

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