Disparity on Background Checks Between Citizens and Politicians

Wed, May 1st, 2013 - 1:18 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Here is an article worth noting.  The Washington Posts cites that Republican constituents are more in favor of background checks for firearms purchases than the Republican Senators who voted against the bill.

According to the Washington Post…”In the aftermath of the vote, most Americans said they believe the Senate shouldn’t have rejected background checks. And even more Americans — including a clear majority of Republicans — support expanding background checks with the Senate entirely removed from the equation, new data from Gallup show.

The Gallup poll conducted an experiment where half of those polled were asked whether the Senate should have passed a measure to expand background checks. The other half were asked a different question on background checks without mentioning the Senate action.

In the first question, 65 percent of Americans said the Senate should have passed background checks, while 29 percent agreed with the upper chamber’s decision to reject the measure.”

Corra Group Now Offers Social Media Background Checks for Employment Screening

Thu, April 25th, 2013 - 9:58 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group is now offering Social Media Background Checks. The new background checking instrument is FCRA compliant and enables employers to navigate the complicated legal landscape of social media with clear, consistent, and insightful results.

The special software utilizes a combination of automated and manual review processes. The program ignores information that is not legally allowable in the hiring process, such as the “protected class” characteristics defined by federal anti-discrimination law. The final report does not contain data concerning race, religion, national origin, age, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, disability status and other information not allowed to be used as decision points.

“It is a terrific background checking instrument for those employers seeking to identify any red flags that originate from the job applicant’s social media postings,” said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. “It is also a good instrument for business research.

“For employment screening, the social media search will reveal the negatives about an applicant,” said Gustavson. “This is not to weed out the less conventional character with excellent skill sets, but the candidate with serious issues an employer would like to know about in advance. “We have seen some real doozies, where the candidate’s posts are explicitly sexual, racial, or misogynist, or where threats of violence are really alarming.”


For the complete press release, click on this link.

Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Tue, April 23rd, 2013 - 1:25 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks  for employment screening purposes, here is an article well worth reviewing.  While the article narrates substance abuse in the United Kingdom workplace, much can be applied to the American working environment.  Which is why drug screen is often so important.

According to the article in HR Magazine UK….”The TUC estimates that between 3% and 5% of all work absences are due to alcohol, which costs the UK economy nearly £2 billion a year. Recent research from drug and alcohol screening provider Concateno reveals that one in 30 employees (3.23% of the 1.6 million UK employees it tested in 2011) has drugs in their system at any one time in the workplace. If that figure were extrapolated for the UK population, it would equate to 940,000 people. And a 2012 survey by law firm Blake Lapthorn found that most organisations think the use of alcohol (61%) and drugs (54%) by employees outside the office has an adverse effect on their work.


For the full article click on this link


Gun Control Background Checks Goes Down in Flames in Senate

Thu, April 18th, 2013 - 1:18 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those following the recent controversy regarding background checks for those wishing to buy firearms, the new bill didn’t pass in the Senate.   The final vote was 54 in favor of background checks, and 46 against.  It needed sixty votes to pass.

According to the article in Fox News…”Both sides of the debate, it seemed, were gearing up for a protracted legislative battle that could last through the next congressional election. Democrats appeared to acknowledge that the amendment’s failure Wednesday meant they would not be able to pass any gun bill in the short-term, despite initial claims that the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., might spur a hasty legislative response in Congress.

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