Gordon Basichis's Blog Posts Tagged 'staffing' (31)

The Diploma Mill That Finance a Murdering Spree

Many are aware of diploma mills. Diploma mills are nefarious services that either issue forged diplomas from legitimate universities or have bogus online unaccredited colleges that sell your a diploma earned for "life experience.   For a certain fee you can get a Bachelor's Degree.  A few bucks more and you can get a Master's or Doctorate.

It's a scam.  As Corra Group, a background checking agency, we uncover bogus degrees issued from diploma mills with relative frequency.  Some are…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on June 18, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

A Yahoo Lesson to Employment Candidates--You Can Lose Your Job When You Lie About Your Education

Fish got to swim, and birds got to fly.  And some employment candidates have to lie.  About their education, mainly.   Given the competitive job market, small wonder some will...ahem...stretch the truth in order to gain leverage when looking for a job.   It's understandable.  It's also pretty stupid.

Today,with most employers conducting education verification background checks as part of their employment screening programs, most likely the fictitious claim about having graduated or…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on May 17, 2012 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Corra Group Background Checks to Move Headquarters to Larger Office Space

Corra Group, the Los Angeles based background checking service, will soon be moving its corporate headquarters from its current location in the Marina Del Rey. On May 1st, 2012 the company will occupy a larger office space in El Segundo, California.

“We are really excited about the move,” said Nick Gustavson, Co-Founder of Corra Group. “We spent months looking, before we found just the right building. The new office space will facilitate our growth as we hire additional personnel and…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on April 19, 2012 at 1:39pm — 2 Comments

The Added Expense of Workplace Bullying

Bullying seems to be the new buzzword.  Be it in the schoolyard or on the job, there are increased outcries about one person trying to dominate another through intimidation.  Most of the time the intimidation employed is psychological.  But often enough it is physical as well.    It is nothing to minimize, but then by the reaction of some, it would appear bullying only recently appeared on the scene.   With the plethora of articles, seminars, workshops,  and panel discussions, bullying or…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on March 28, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Destructive Cost of Workplace Fraud

Once upon a time a dear friend told me about the issues he was having in his apparel manufacturing plant where certain employees were in business for themselves.  This meant their raking off inventory, dresses, blouses, and such, and selling the stolen merchandise to anyone who would pay cash.   Upon doing researcher, my friend found is otherwise unaccounted merchandise in the flea markets in downtown Los Angeles and with different off price venues.   The stealing or shrinkage, as it was…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on March 13, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Social Media Background Checks Revisited

Of course, other background checks may also be a judgment call.  When an employer or staffing group is recruiting candidates, minor criminal records may not necessarily mitigate a candidate's performance or his ability to behave himself on the job.  The previous criminal record, if not too overwhelming, may relate to youthful folly or love gone wrong.  It may relate to the one mistake he made in his life and has since cleaned up his act.  He is now the reputable citizen, has worked hard for…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on February 14, 2012 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

College Graduates and the Modern Challenges in the Job Market

Once upon a time, a college degree was considered a ticket to success.  If you had a diploma, a sheepskin, if you will, you could easily find a job.  You would make more money.  You were almost guaranteed a promising start to a career.  Not so much anymore.

An article in the …

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Added by Gordon Basichis on February 7, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Employers Best Not Use Criminal Records Background Checks as a One Size Fits All

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…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on January 19, 2012 at 6:30am — 13 Comments

Things to Consider when Ordering Criminal Database Searches for Background Checks

There are a number of employers who rely almost solely on criminal database searches as background checks for their employment screening services.  This is not a great idea.   There are definite advantages to database searches, as they can provide  employers with a quick review of their candidates.    In general, criminal database searches return instantly, which allows the employer to examine any potential criminal records and decide whether to move forward with additional background checks…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on December 19, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Don 't Let the Penn State Sex Scandal Happen to Your Place of Business

In some ways avoiding the kind of  abusive and criminal sex practices that have been plaguing Penn State University is a fairly easy task.  It is a matter of conducting background checks not only for pre-employment screening but periodically to determine if your staff has been convicted of any criminal and sexual offenses.  But then what about the first timers?  Or, rather, those who were never caught?

Determining whether sex abuses are taking place, particularly in the employment…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on December 6, 2011 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Some Serious Flaws in the Texas Statewide Criminal Records Search

Apparently, there are flaws in the Texas State Criminal Records System.  This is the state-wide criminal search put out by the Department of Public Safety.  As many investigators and employers use this both for research and employment screening, one would think these background checks would be accurate and up to date.   Not the case.

According to an article on KENS, Channel Five, in San Antonio, there are some alarming discrepancies in the criminal records.  One…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on November 17, 2011 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Occupy Wall Street May Be a Benefit to Recruiters in the Private Security Industry

The Occupy Wall Street Movement has caused its fair share of consternation to a good many persons and organizations.  In certain areas where Occupy Whatever is taking place, small business owners are losing business due to the congregations outside their doors.  Often regular customers will not patronize businesses where large crowds are gathered outside or nearby.   People are intimidated.  It's that simple, really.

Then, of course, there has been vandalism where various businesses…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on November 8, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

When Your Prime Recruiting Candidate Lies to You

So what happens when your prime candidate lies to you?  I am not talking about some modest little fibs here  but some outright whoppers that when detected leave you twisting in the wind.   As a recruiter, this doesn't bode well for your relationships with different clients.   Most prefer to know the goods are genuine authentic, not some counterfeit designer

But in this difficult  economy with a highly competitive job market, some employment candidates might be selling you a bill of…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on September 20, 2011 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

Social Media, the New Buzzword in Background Checks

Social media has created a new means of communication. We can correspond with current friend and get in touch with old acquaintances and new people with whom we may share a common interest. through social media we can comment on products and services and generally vent about our weekends, are lifestyle, our job, our manager, and the working environment.



Social media is an outlet. It is also a tripwire. Today, employers review job applicant's social media. They search for behavior… Continue

Added by Gordon Basichis on August 16, 2011 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

A Quirky Opening in the Newark Job Market

This is one of those stories where it can be seen either as a sad commentary on urban America or a hopeful spot in the American job market.  The Newark, New Jersey City Government approved a new law requiring small restaurants in the city to have an armed guard on the premises, during the evening hours.  This comes in the wake of a drive-by shooting at a Newark restaurant where an off-duty police officer was killed.

According to the article on Reuters, any restaurant serving fifteen…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on August 9, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

Big Dilemma-- Job Applicants with Criminal Records

San Francisco is the latest city to present legislation that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants if they had any prior convictions.  If the legislation is passed, San Francisco will join about twenty one other cities in banning the box, as it is known.   Banning the box refers to the check box on job applications, asking if an applicant has had prior criminal conviction.

Among the twenty one cities, Cincinnati, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia,  and Austin, Texas,  are…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on August 2, 2011 at 3:30am — 9 Comments

The Need for Healthcare Worker's Background Checks

The quantity of abuses found in healthcare are legion. It's really kind of nuts when you allow for abuses against the elderly and children, theft, be it stealing for patients or stealing drugs. There is physical abuse and mental abuse. In some cases, patients enter healthcare facilities and emerge perhaps in worst shape than when they first came in.



Mot healthcare workers are conscientious and got into the industry because of their desire to help people. They are patient souls for… Continue

Added by Gordon Basichis on July 20, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

The Massachusetts CORI Reform Law Exemplifies the Reviews Required for Background Checks

A good article from Elaine Varelas of  the Job Doc in the Boston Globe or Boston.com as it is known.  A job applicant wrote her asking, basically, if an open container misdemeanor from 2008 would nullify his employment candidacy.   Not  necessarily the crime of the century, but an open container is a serious enough offense as it implies possible intoxication that can lead to serious traffic…

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Added by Gordon Basichis on July 15, 2011 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

FTC Questions FCRA Compliance With Social Media Background Checks

A recent FTC blog questions the legitimacy of the social media background checks with regard to Fair Credit Reporting Act compliance. Thomas Ahearn of the San Francisco Examiner summarizes the FTC concerns with the Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRA's) reporting an employment candidate'a negative characteristics within their social media networks.



One segment of the article, which reports a section of the FTC report cites the following...."“The FTC staff recently looked at a company… Continue

Added by Gordon Basichis on July 6, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Alabama Passes Tough New Immigration Law

The State of Alabama has passed what some have considered one of the toughest immigration laws in the country. The law was passed initially by a large voting margin and comes in the wake of the recent United States Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona's Legal Worker's Act of 2007 that sanctions businesses for hiring undocumented workers. Businesses in Arizona face fines and even loss of business license for repeated offenses.



As with the Arizona law, the new Alabama statute mandates… Continue

Added by Gordon Basichis on June 14, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

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