The Importance of Background Checks
Many companies find it unnecessary to conduct background checks on potential employees, or believe that the limited online resources to check on employees themselves are enough to protect them. If this is your company’s way of thinking, please consider the following*:
A service company employee with a criminal record sexually assaulted a child resulting in $ 1.75 million awarded for negligent hiring and retention – Doe vs MCLO
A furniture company was found liable for $ 2.5 million for negligent hiring and retention. Their deliveryman attacked a customer in her home – Tallahassee Furniture Co., Inc. vs Harrison
A customer detained by a security guard and injured while being restrained was awarded $ 10 million in damages in a suit against the store, claiming negligent hiring – Porter vs Proffitts
In California alone, jury verdicts in these cases average about $ 3 million and employers in California lose about 60% percent of negligent hiring cases. If your company faced a lawsuit like this, what would it do to you both professionally and personally?
A common misconception is that this service is optional or can be done online. Although there are online databases with criminal records in the U.S. shown, they are incomplete and sometimes the information is entirely incorrect. Additionally, the online databases do not guarantee complete and correct results, therefore leaving your company as the responsible party if a problem with your employees arose.
Fortunately, there are companies that specialize in employment screening that can help your company with the hiring process, increase the safety of your fellow employees, decrease your turn-over and hiring and training costs, and can protect your company from liability and lawsuits.
SBS Payroll’s Background Screening Services allow you to customize and determine the best screening practices for your company and industry. Additionally, you are only billed per screening, not per month, and by outsourcing this process you are left with more time and money to devote to improving your business.
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*Data collected from our partner, Genesis Background Screening Services