Plan for Background Checks Delays for Columbus Day

Fri, October 7th, 2011 - 12:56 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks as part of their employment screening program, please be aware that Monday October 10th is Columbus Day.  All County and Federal Courts will be closed so there will be a slight delay in retrieving criminal and civil records.

Courts will reopen on Tuesday, October 11th, and we will be able to process all county and criminal records.


Happy Holiday to All.

Article on Data Collected from Ten Year’s Worth of EEOC/OFCCP Legal Actions

Mon, October 3rd, 2011 - 5:24 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Dr. Charles Handler has published on ERE.Net an article dealing with legal actions taken by the EEOC/OFCCP that were taken over the past decade.  It’s a deeply detailed and engrossing article.  A lot of food for thought.

Handler quotes to a great extent the unpublished doctoral thesis that was written by Kate Williams.  The thesis is entitled, Legal Risk in Selection: An Analysis of Process and Tools.    As handler writes…”Williams’ paper is basically an analysis of the data provided by the Bureau of National Affairs, a private company that publishes information and analysis for business and government. ”

The article and paper details the legal proceedings and the subsequent outcomes on cases the EEOC and OFCCP filed concerning hiring practices they suspected to be discriminatory or unfair in some way.  As Handler writes…”

The findings reported cover two key areas:

  1. Issues with a particular type of selection measure or test including: unstructured interviews, structured interviews, biodata measures, cognitive ability tests, psychomotor tests, and “other tests.”
  2. Issues with the way the selection tools were used within the hiring process, including the following key issues: lack of documentation, inconsistent process, quota for affirmative action programs, recruiting source violations, violations of the 4/5th rule, and “other” process issues.
The thrust of Handler’s article deals with the legitimacy and the legal propriety of the various aptitude and psychological tests that are conducted to best ascertain which employment candidate is the best fit for the position.
While Handler synopsis Williams’ thesis, it is a good read and had compelled me to want to read the full thesis.  I recommend this paper.

DC Background Checks Fall Short for City Employees

Fri, September 30th, 2011 - 5:53 am - By Gordon Basichis

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It seems that many governments, state and local, only start conducting background checks after some scandal makes the news.   Then there are all the embarrassing consequences to say nothing of the liability issues.  Of course the key to background checks is that you conduct comprehensive background checks, review them carefully, and pay heed to any criminal records or other red flags.

In the case of the D.C. Deputy Chief of Staff, there were some glitches.  According to the DCIST,…”But what they missed is likely the problem. As you may recall, Pringle was brought on last week alongside new Chief of Staff Chris Murphy to give Gray’s administration new life. But it wasn’t but a few days before government watchdog Dorothy Brizill filed a complaint alleging that Pringle voted in the District’s September 2010 primary while living in Maryland. Pringle apologized for the error, and Quander told DePuyt that she’d be staying.”

There is now a new move to be sure D.C. employees are “sufficiently vetted.”   Good move.  Governments and public service agencies must satisfy the public trust.  Anything less is a shirking of duties.


Women For Hire Gives Notice of Upcoming Los Angeles Job Fair

Thu, September 29th, 2011 - 5:41 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Genevieve Geaney, on behalf of Women for Hire, will be hosting this notice on Linked in.  We at Corra Group wanted to post it so all those looking for jobs, and there are a few, are aware of this upcoming job fair.  Good luck to all employment candidates.

Women For Hire FREE Career Expo in LA!

Where can you meet top employers, perfect your 30-second elevator pitch on the spot, take in a mentoring session, pump up your resume, practice your interviewing skills and get valuable career advice from Women For Hire CEO Tory Johnson – all in one day?

Mark your calendar: Tuesday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when Women For Hire returns to Los Angeles at the Four Points by Sheraton LAX, 9750 Airport Boulevard.

Start your day early at Tory’s popular Early Morning Seminar, where Good Morning America’s workplace contributor shares her own fired to hired story, shares her latest tips on the jobs scene and – for women thinking about the world of entrepreneurship – delves into what it takes to start your own business.

Why not ask a friend to join you? Please visit to register!

Women For Hire staffers spent all summer designing a career expo that is so much more than a meet-and-greet with recruiters — a venue for women/by women where you’ll come away feeling better about yourself – and your career path – than you did when you walked in.

You’ll have the opportunity to not only check out a wide variety of companies and jobs but also network with hundreds of other great women — from recent grads, to moms returning to the workforce, to seasoned professionals looking for something new.

Be sure to check out our website <

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