Corra Group to Close for President’s Day Holiday

Wed, February 13th, 2013 - 10:52 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those who conduct background checks as part of their employment screening program, please be advised that Corra Group will be closed Monday, February 18th in honor of President’s Day.

We will reopen for regular business hours, Tuesday, February 19th.

Enjoy your holiday weekend.



States Pass Laws Constraining Access to Passwords and User Accounts for Social Media Employment Background Checks

Tue, February 12th, 2013 - 2:40 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Social Media background checks for employment screening purposes can reveal quite a bit about an employment candidate’s character and behavior patterns.   An employer can determine definite negatives, where the job applicant displays violent tendencies in his postings or lauds his use of drugs or alcohol.   Of course, when a candidate lambastes past employers or the managers to whom he reported, this may be a troublesome sign.

For some critics, the value of social media research has been questionable. The challenge has always been the accuracy of information that is found as well as privacy issues.

However, there are times when requesting such things as access to the actual social media account, where the candidate must surrender his password and other information, can be most intrusive.   In short there are limitations to access, anymore than there are limitations is distinguished a talented eccentric  from a slacker doofus.    By requesting passwords and information to access a job applicant’s user account, the employer is crossing a line.  This is a transgression and, wisely, a number of states are forbidding this behavior.

I have written before about states restraining access to social media accounts.  One such article was entitled, California Invokes Strict Media Privacy Law.  It is a sensible law.

Maryland was the first state to prohibit employers from requiring applicants and employees to provide user-names, passwords, etc. to access their social media sites. California, Illinois, and Michigan have also passed similar laws.

New Jersey will most likely be the next state to ban this practice. Bill A2878 (2012) was passed by both state legislative bodies and is awaiting the Governor’s signature. This Bill prohibits an employer from requesting applicants or employees to disclose that they have a social media account or provide the user names and passwords to these accounts. The bill is scheduled to take affect on the first day of the fourth month following enactment.

There are companies that can conduct social media reports that are FCRA compliant.  If you have any question about the social media reports you are conducting, use caution when instituting a social media research policy. Not only is there a chance that a fake Facebook page, YouTube video or Internet blog was created to defame someone, using information developed through a social media search could violate FCRA and  EEOC Guidelines.


Delaware Court Locked Down After Shooting

Mon, February 11th, 2013 - 10:47 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting county criminal records and county civil records as background checks for employment screening,  there may be delays due to an emergency court closure.

At Corra Group we routinely report court closures.  Usually, the court closures are due to budget concerns or inclement weather.  But this terrible event is in a league all of it’s own.  A terrible tragedy when the courts, the halls of justice, become dangerous places unto themselves.  What an awful situation.  I would define this as “unbelievable,” but unfortantely these situations are becoming far too common.

3 Dead in New Castle Courthouse Shooting
Court Locked Down for Investigation

An assailant opened fire this morning at Delaware’s New Castle courthouse, killing two civilians and wounding two police officers. The assailant was also killed. CHR researchers were not present in the courthouse during the shooting.

Results for Delaware will be delayed until the courts reopen. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Massachusetts Closure of State and Federal Buildings Due to Blizzard

Fri, February 8th, 2013 - 11:14 am - By Gordon Basichis

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EARLY CLOSINGS: Due to the onset of inclement weather, the following USCIS Offices and Service Centers will be closing early today.
The following offices will be closing at 11:30 am (Eastern Time):
Boston, MA District Office & Field Office
JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street
Government Center, Room E-170
Boston, MA 02203-0701
Boston Application Support Center
170 Portland Street
Boston MA 02114
Lawrence, MA Field Office & Application Support Center
2 Mill Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
New Hampshire
Manchester, NH Field Office & Application Support Center
9 Ridgewood Road
Bedford, NH 03110
Rhode Island
Providence, RI Field Office & Application Support Center
1543 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919
Providence Application Support Center
105 Sockanosset Cross Road, Suite 210
Cranston, RI 02910
Portland Field Office & Application Support Center
176 Gannett Drive
So. Portland ME 04106-6909
The following USCIS Offices and Service Centers in New York will be closing at 3:00 pm (Eastern Time):
New York Field Office
26 Federal Plaza
New York NY 10278-0127
Bronx Applications Support Center
1827 Westchester Ave
Bronx NY 10473
Brooklyn Application Support Center
1260-78 60th St
Brooklyn NY 11219
Hicksville Application Support Center
87 Bethpage Rd
Hicksville NY 11801
Manhattan Application Support Center
201 Varick St., 10th Floor, Room 103
New York NY 10014
Port Chester Application Support Center
40 South Main Street
Port Chester NY 10573
Queens/Jamaica Application Support Center
153-01 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica NY 11432
Woodside Application Support Center
63-05 Roosevelt Avenue
Woodside NY 11377
Queens Field Office & ASC
2735 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City NY 11101-2917
Long Island Field Office
30 Barretts Avenue
Holtsville NY 11742


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