TSA Hires Defrocked Priest–No Background Check

Tue, October 9th, 2012 - 12:17 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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It is always fascinating when an agency responsibility for security and the safety of citizens hires people without performing a background check.  It’s bad enough when they order the background check for employment screening and then fail to review it.  I think it’s marginally worse when they don’t bother to run one at all.

But such is the case with the TSA apparently, when they hired a defrocked priest who would be responsible for, among other things, the patting down and searching  of passengers.  According to the article in Philly.com, the  defrocked priest had faced allegations he had molested two young girls.  He was never convicted of the charges, but the Diocese did settle out of court for nearly $200 Thousand.  That should tell you something right there.

Apparently, the defrocked priest was hired early on, post 9-11, and somehow, despite the Diocese’s revelation about the child molesting accusations, the defrocked priest was clear for his background check.  Maybe because there were no real criminal convictions, the legal settlement was overlooked as evidence that something may be amiss.   Not really much thinking outside of the box here.  Since then, the former priest has moved up in the TSA and makes a pretty decent salary these days.  And for all we know, he truly loves his job.

According to the article…”Today, the agency no longer does massive hirings. Employment is contingent on a full background check, and those without a positive evaluation from a previous employer are unlikely to pass the agency’s screening, according to the TSA.”

Good to know.

The Controversy of Weapons in the Workplace

Thu, October 4th, 2012 - 11:52 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group Warns Clients on Increased Phony Education Verification Background Checks

Tue, October 2nd, 2012 - 12:29 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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orra Group is advising its clients about a notable increase in fraudulent education verification claims. The background checking service believes candidate education verification warrants greater scrutiny as the number of false education claims have increased appreciably.

“We have noticed an uptick in bogus claims, concerning college degrees,” said Corra Group Co-Founder Nick Gustavson. “The economy is still slow and the job market is still pretty tight. Job candidates are using any advantage they can to get a leg up on the competition. With employment history, they embellish. It’s education where they mostly fabricate. Take former CEO of Yahoo, Scott Thompson. He is one of the more sensational examples of people claiming degrees they never obtained.”

Because so many American employers are hiring job candidates who were educated abroad, Corra Group advises recruiters and human resources managers to practice vigilance with international education verification. Some candidates claim graduation when they only attended for a limited time and never obtained a degree. And some claim graduation, but never set foot on the campus.

For the complete press release go to this link on PRWEB.com

Higher Wages Translates Into Lower Employee Theft

Thu, September 27th, 2012 - 11:12 am - By Gordon Basichis

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If the employee theft is lower than wages are higher.  So says a recent study co-written by University of Illinois Professor, Clara Xialing Chen.  The study was reported on PhysOrg.Com.

According to the article….”Using data sets from the convenience-store industry, Clara Xiaoling Chen, a professor of accountancy, and co-author Tatiana Sandino, of the University of Southern California, found that after controlling for each store’s employee characteristics, monitoring environment and socio-economic environment, relative wages – that is, wages relative to those received by other employees performing similar jobs in the same sector and region – were negatively associated with employee theft.”

The article reports that previous studies concentrated mostly on the relationship between employee theft and employee turnover.

According to the researchers, paying employees a better wage results in less employee theft for two reasons.  Better wages tend to attract a better class of worker.   And those making decent bucks, are less inclined to risk getting fired, especially for stealing.  Factor in a wavering economy, and it is all the more reason workers want to hold onto those jobs.

This makes perfect sense to me.  I believe one first tries positive reinforcement with employees.  Better wages, recognition for a job well done, keeping the stress factor to a minimum and rooting out workplace bullies all contribute to a happier and, subsequently, more productive. employee.

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