The Employee Retail Theft Database

Wed, May 29th, 2013 - 3:03 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks as part of their employment screening  programs you may find yourself considering the Retail Theft Database Search.   It is an interesting search, a database where retailers contribute information relative to any employees they believe were responsible for theft.   As we all know, in-house shrinkage is a major problem.   But for Corra Group, we wonder as to the veracity of this search, if it is accurate and factual and if at times it doesn’t have its discrepancies.

According to an article in the New York Times….”The repositories of information, like First Advantage Corporation’s Esteem database, often contain scant details about suspected thefts and routinely do not involve criminal charges. Still, the information can be enough to scuttle a job candidate’s chances.

Some of the employees, who submit written statements after being questioned by store security officers, have no idea that they admitted committing a theft or that the information will remain in databases, according to interviews with consumer lawyers, regulators and employees.”

There have been a series of complaints about the retail theft database.  According to the article…”But the databases, which are legal, are facing scrutiny from labor lawyers and federal regulators, who worry they are so sweeping that innocent employees can be harmed. The lawyers say workers are often coerced into confessing, sometimes when they have done nothing wrong, without understanding that they will be branded as thieves.

The Federal Trade Commission has fielded complaints about the databases and is examining whether they comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a federal law aimed at curbing inaccurate consumer information and giving consumers more control, said Anthony Rodriguez, a staff lawyer at the agency.

Screening for suspected episodes of shoplifting is one part of a background check, as companies scour for evidence of criminal convictions or sex-offender registration. Almost all retailers perform background checks, according to a 2011 survey from the federation. But some background-check companies are wary of the theft admissions, which retailers submit to the databases.”

Corra Group suggests employers conduct county criminal records searches as part of their background checking solutions.   We believe this is an accurate search and fair, where all job applicants have a more level playing field when applying for employment.

Corra Group to Close Background Checking Offices for Memorial Day Weekend

Fri, May 24th, 2013 - 5:00 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks as part of their employment screening programs, please take note that Corra Group will close its office at On P.M. Friday, Pacific Time and will remain closed through Monday May 27th.

Corra Group will be open for regular business hours, Tuesday, May 28th at 8:30 A.M. Pacific Time.

Corra Group Now Offers FCMSA PSP Trucking Background Checks

Thu, May 23rd, 2013 - 6:40 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group is now offering PSP background checks. The PSP Report is the Pre-Employment Screening Check that is issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FCMSA) and offers trucking and transportation companies access to critical commercial drivers’ safety history data.

“The PSP gives our trucking clients access to their commercial driver’s 5-year crash and 3-year roadside inspection history,” said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. “The PSP background check allows our clients to make better informed hiring decisions as they staff their fleets. A PSP report reveals all crash, inspection, and violation activity, regardless of whether the driver was convicted. In short, clients can use PSP to weed out insurance risks and to hire the safest drivers.”

“We find a great many of our transportation clients are using the FMCSA employment screening report to gain insight into a potential employee’s driving habits and behaviors,” said Gustavson. “It’s great for any training program. The information in a PSP report can be used to develop individualized education focused on the most immediate needs for a particular driver.”

 

For the complete press release click on this link

Old Mobster’s Lawyers Object to Jury Background Checks

Fri, May 17th, 2013 - 10:14 am - By Gordon Basichis

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James “Whitey” Bulger was a ferocious Boston gangster.  As the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, he was suspected of countless crimes, including murder.  He took it on the lam in 1994 and the law did not catch up with him until 2011.   They found Bulger living a quiet life with his girlfriend, in Santa Monica, California.   They had a modest apartment with cash money stashed in the walls.  Some unique insulation.    His Santa Monica neighbors thought of Bulger as grumpy and private.  That would figure.

So now he is back in Boston, Massachusetts and preparing to go on trial.   Now the prosecution wants to conduct background checks on prospective jurors.  Bulger’s defense attorneys consider this harassment.  Interesting.

According to Boston.con…”Prosecutors filed a motion Thursday arguing that background checks could help determine whether potential jurors have truthfully answered questionnaires and would minimize the possibility of a mistrial.”

Be curious to see how this plays out in court.

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