Canadian Researchers to Study the Effects on Males of Workplace Bullying

Tue, January 24th, 2012 - 5:50 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Workplace Bullying has been on the increase.  Not only in the United States, but in other countries as well, there are growing concerns about workplace bullying.  Nearly a third of the workplace experiences some form of workplace bullying.  Usually the infliction is psychological and not physical.  Nearly seventy percent of those who report workplace bullying say it comes from their bosses.

I have written several articles on this…one being…Dangers of Workplace Bullying.

Find below some interesting information about the study to be conducted….

According to an article in the Telegraph Journal….

Researchers from Canada’s University of New Brunswick are studying the effects workplace bullying has on men. Lead researcher Judith MacIntosh said that so far the study has found that men are dealing with very similar workplace abuse that women are known to deal with, including psychological harassment. She said the verbal harassment, intimidation, threats and rude comments can lead to an increase in absenteeism, reduced productivity and a high turnover. The high turnover results in increased costs to replace and recruit new employees, MacIntosh said, as well as costs to the company’s reputation. MacIntosh said the study will be ongoing for approximately six months.

Criminal Records Background Checks Are Not a One Size Fits All

Fri, January 20th, 2012 - 5:43 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Criminal records background checks are not a one size fits all.   While most employers do conduct criminal background checks as part of their employment screening program, the idea is to use them wisely.  Wisely, in this case, means don’t be indiscriminate to where you can get yourself in trouble with the  Equal  Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).   Pepsi Beverages just found its blanket policy, regarding criminal records background checks, cost them a hefty $3.1 Million in settlement fines.

According to the more recent regulations implemented by the EEOC, a candidate’s criminal convictions must reflect some relevance to the job for which the candidate is applying.  According to the general EEOC guidelines, and I am simplifying, it may not be relevant for a candidate applying for a position in the motor pool, if he was convicted of a non-violent crime.  But a job applicant convicted of financial fraud wouldn’t be eligible for a position in the financial department.

A blanket policy that excludes everyone convicted of a crime is not considered a warranted employment policy.   And, worse, if the applicant was merely arrested or charged, but never convicted, the EEOC has ruled that excluding that candidate from consideration can be discriminatory.    The contention is that many of those with convictions are racial minorities, and therefore such a blanket policy can prove discriminatory.   There is also the matter of the age of the crime, how long ago someone was convicted.  Then consideration should be given for the severity of the crime.

In the recent case where the EEOC sued Pepsico, the article in the Associated Press reports….”

“EEOC officials said the company’s policy of not hiring workers with arrest records disproportionately excluded more than 300 black applicants. The policy barred applicants who had been arrested, but not convicted of a crime, and denied employment to others who were convicted of minor offenses.

Using arrest and conviction records to deny employment can be illegal if it’s irrelevant for the job, according to the EEOC, which enforces the nation’s employment discrimination laws. The agency says such blanket policies can limit job opportunities for minorities with higher arrest and conviction rates than whites.”

This is an imperfect world and there will always be discrimination of some kind.  The trick is to limit that discrimination as best as we humanly can.  And then, sometimes there is overcompensation and the results may appear unfair to the employer.  In all, hiring employees with criminal convictions can best be viewed like a work in progress.  And like all works in progress, we can expect any number of changes.

Employers Intend to Hire More Temporary Workers in 2012

Tue, January 17th, 2012 - 5:11 am - By Gordon Basichis

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According to a survey published on the Staffing Industry Analysts website, employers will be hiring more contingent or temporary employees.  The report notes that the estimate is a 26% increase in contingent workers over last year.   Not bad, although contingent workers tend to get paid less than staff employees.   Also, seldom are contingent workers entitled to the same benefits as staff workers.   So essentially, it’s a new way in a down economy to cut labor costs, especially for seasonal work or the kind of job that doesn’t require ongoing presence.

Most of the temporary hires will come through the restaurant, hospitality, or retail sectors.  That should be of no surprise to anyone.

For those employers hiring contingent or temporary workers, you may want to conduct background checks.   The basic employment screening package for temporary hires usually consists of the Social Security Trace, the Nationwide Criminal Database Search, and possibly the predominant county where the applicant is residing.  If the applicant is driving, then Motor Vehicle Driving Records (MVRS) may be  in order.

The survey was culled from 236 contingent buyers and form 187 of the larger companies that collectively hire more than a million employees.

Corra Group to Be Close of Martin Luther King Day

Mon, January 16th, 2012 - 5:14 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group will be closed Monday, January 16th in honor of Martin Luther King Day.   For those conducting background checks, be aware that county courthouses will be closed throughout the country, and there will be a slight delay with country criminal records and county civil records.

We would like to wish everyone a great weekend and let’s take a moment to remember Martin Luther King and the ways he helped advance our country.

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