Indicators for Potential Workplace Violence

Thu, July 5th, 2012 - 11:37 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Workplace violence is a growing concern.  Not only in the United States but in other countries as well, employers are addressing issues related to workplace violence.    Workplace violence is tragic and costly, and of course highly disruptive.

I have written about workplace violence many times. One such article is entitled “Workplace Violence is Not the Greatest Career Move.”  That article related to a California Deputy DA threatening her manager with violence.   Lovely.

Leslie Sexer, in her article for Greenwich Citizen, lists some of the signs that an employee may resort to workplace violence.   Her list at times are the more obvious signs, which are good to read for galvanizing and unifying one’s overview of a potentially violent situation.  And some signs that Sexer lists are more subtle and can possibly go unnoticed.

Sexer writes…”During difficult economic times, employers need to be in tune with how employees are managing their stress in all domains of their lives, especially if layoffs are imminent.

For example, if an employer knows that an employee is dealing with stress at home and at work, and is drinking, the risk of violence increases.”

Corra Group Will Be Closed For Fourth of July Holiday

Tue, July 3rd, 2012 - 10:22 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those employers conducting background checks as part of their employment screening programs, please take note that all federal criminal court and federal civil courts will be closed for the Fourth of July Holiday.  All county criminal courts and county civil courts throughout the United States will also be closed.

Corra Group will be  closing early on Tuesday July 3rd and will be closed July Fourth for the holiday.  We will reopen for normal business hours 8:30 A.M. Pacific Time, Thursday, July 5th.

Corra Group would like to wish all a very happy Fourth of July holiday.   Have fun.  Be safe.  Enjoy your families.

Massachusetts Adjust Court Hours for Summer Months

Thu, June 28th, 2012 - 1:38 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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It’s no secret many states are hurting for money and facing budgetary difficulties.   Many states have issues furloughs where works in different state departments will not being working the full work week and will have days off instead.

For those conducting country criminal records searches and county civil background checks for employment screening purposes, please take note of the modified hours the Massachusetts’ courts will be open during the summer months.


District Court

? Attleboro, Barnstable, E. Brookfield, Fall River (telephones only), Haverhill , Lawrence,

Newburyport/Ipswich (telephones only), Malden, Palmer, Salem, Stoughton, Taunton, Waltham,

Westborough, Woburn, and Wrentham (civil open Thursday)

o Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

? Concord

o Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

? Dedham

o Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

? Framingham/Natick

o Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

? Somerville, Springfield, Uxbridge

o Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday & Friday

? Lynn

o Counter and phone coverage restricted 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday

? Lowell

o Counter and phone coverage restricted 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday

? Marlborough

o Counter and phone coverage restricted 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday

? Quincy

o Daily after 2 p.m. private applications for criminal complaints and requests for copies of court files will be

deferred until the following business day.

>>In all divisions court sessions still begin at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Restricted access applies to any court

business except:  Persons seeking emergency restraining orders, harassment prevention orders,

mental health emergencies, warrants

Housing Court

? Western Division

o Counter and phone coverage restricted 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Scheduled matters will continue to be heard throughout the day.

o Satellite sessions cancelled the first week of each month in Northampton, Pittsfield and Greenfield.

Emergency matters during this week will be handled in Springfield. These satellite sessions will continue

the other weeks of the month.

? Southeastern Division — Effective 7/2/12

o Rotation of clerks office closures among five permanent locations in the division

o Schedule attached; court business can be conducted at any location

Juvenile Court

? Springfield Session of the Hampden County Division

o Counter and phone coverage restricted 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Land Court

o Counter and phone coverage restricted 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday

Court sessions will be held as scheduled throughout the day.

Probate and Family Court

? Following Counties: Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Essex, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, and


o Registry counter and phone coverage restricted after 3 p.m. Monday through Friday

Applies to any court business, except emergency restraining orders and other emergencies.

Court sessions still will begin at 8:30 a.m.  Except in Lawrence, the Registry will close from 1-2 p.m. and

remain open after 2 p.m.             As of 7/2/12


Some Things for Employers to Follow When Conducting Social Media Searches

Wed, June 27th, 2012 - 1:22 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Many employers are conducting social media background checks.  As these background searches are relatively new for employment screening purposes, certain employers are unwittingly violating the rights of their employment candidates.  A good many are requesting applicant passwords, a no-no, and are marking as negatives questionable areas of privacy.

Now social media background checks can reveal quite a bit about a candidate’s personality and behavior patterns.  It can help determine if he is a good fit for a certain workplace environment.  But then social media searches can produce overkill and in the course of it cause the rejection of candidates for certain idiosyncrasies that would not impede the performance of the job.  The more eccentric types with otherwise impeccable skill sets can be moved aside for a lesser candidate who happens to be more plain vanilla and better behaved.

I have written about social media searches before.  One such article is entitled,  Social Media Background Checks Revisited.

Now Michael Nader in an article on ERE.Net offers some good tips for employers when conducting social media searches.  I will just post a couple of them here.  The rest you can find at this link at ERE.Net.

  1. Search only public content about the candidate on the Internet: The company should only include a review of social media content that is in the public domain on the Internet. Companies should not require candidates to produce their Facebook username or password, or require them to “friend” the company, or require them to log onto their Facebook site and allow the company to “shoulder surf” through their site during an interview. Moreover, a great source for candidates may be internal referrals from current employees. If the referring employee is a “friend” of the candidate on Facebook, do not make a “backdoor” attempt to review the candidate’s non-public content through the referring employee’s “friend” status with the candidate. Always respect the candidate’s privacy settings that cover their online content.
  2. Separate the social media researcher from the decision-maker. A designated company researcher should review public content on social sites to scrub comments about protected categories and activities about candidates before providing it to the decision-maker.



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