When Employees Are Stealing More Than They Are Making

Thu, November 3rd, 2011 - 5:21 am - By Gordon Basichis

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These are dire times.  The economy is sketchy, and employees can do foolish things in desperation.   Many people need money, and more often than not,  a fair portion of an employer’s staff is probably in straits with overdue payments on everything from mortgages to the telephone bill.  So in some ways it should be no wonder that employment theft is on the rise.

Employment theft is on the rise and industrial espionage has actually increased significantly during the past few years.   In many cases, regarding retail theft, much of it  emanates from external sources.  There are criminal  rings committing online theft and credit card and gift card fraud.  And then there are the in-store shoplifters.   A fine tradition, causing shrinkage equally to retail venues large and small.   And then that new and innovative approach, the flash mob, where scads of people flood a venue, all robbing and stealing at the same time.   But flash mobs, I should add, according to the report synopsized on Security Director News, are more media hype than a persistent reality.

And then there are the employees who walk off with goods and either keep them or sell them at reduced prices.  When you don’t actually pay for the merchandise you can sell it at drastically discounted pricing.

Here is the link to the full article on recruitingblogs.com


California Adds Jobs in September

Wed, November 2nd, 2011 - 5:05 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Here is some good news for California for a change.  A state that has been long enduring economic hardships and high rates of unemployment added close to 12,000 jobs in September.  According to the Los Angeles Times, the jobless rate fell from 12.1 % to 11.9% in the state.   Might be only a couple of decimal points but it is better than nothing.

In all, California has added over a quarter million jobs during the past year.  For a state the size of California, it’s a long way to go.  California has had the dubious distinction of having  second highest unemployment rate in the nation.   Nevada has the highest unemployment rate.  The region within California that has the highest unemployment rate is the Los Angeles metropolitan area.  There  it averages around 12.4 percent.

As Corra Group is based in California with a percentage of our business here as well as around the country and in parts of the world, we have noticed an increase in hiring.  Old clients and new clients within the state have been calling us about background checks for new hires or for compliance purposes as our client was just awarded a contract where compliance background checks are mandated.  It is a good sign.

Massachusetts, New Hampshire Courts Delayed Due to Weekend Snow Storm

Tue, November 1st, 2011 - 5:00 am - By Gordon Basichis


For those wishing to pull county criminal records and county civil records as background checks for employment screening purposes, please be aware that the Massachusetts and New Hampshire County Courts are experiencing delays due to the weekend snow storm.

A winter storm in the Northeast has forced the closure of several Massachusetts and New Hampshire courts.

Massachusetts reports 9 court closures.
New Hampshire reports 6 courts closed including Hillsborough South Courthouse.

Additionally, the Massachusetts Superior Court computer system is reporting that the system is down until 11/1/2011. Mass district courts are unaffected.

We will keep you apprised news as it develops.


Shoddy Background Checks Enable Sex Offenders to Babysit

Mon, October 31st, 2011 - 5:28 am - By Gordon Basichis

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This is under the more outrageous category. The State of Illinois paid someone with two rapid convictions to babysit.  That’s right.  Yep, you heard it right.  The state paid a convicted rapist with a series of other crimes in his history to babysit.  Probably, given his predilections, he would have babysat for free.

Seriously,chalk it up to lousy background checks, but according to an article in the Tribune….

sborne, of Chicago, wasn’t the only sex offender paid by taxpayers to baby-sit, according to a Tribune investigation that found cases of convicted rapists, molesters and other violent felons given access to children over the past decade. The money comes from a $750 million-a-year program that subsidizes child care for more than 150,000 impoverished Illinois families.

The state Department of Human Services poorly vetted baby sitters for years — and when a 2009 law forced better checks, it took nearly 18 months to start them, the newspaper’s investigation of the Child Care Assistance Program found.”

So for a fair number of years, and due to the lack of or the processing of shoddy background checks, the State paid various felons to watch children from impoverished families.  The first thing that comes to mind is how easily a sexual predator can win the confidence of a young child by plying them with money or treats.  It would be a snap.

Despite the lousy economy, it is just too risky not to conduct background checks on anyone with proximity to children.

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