July 9, 2019
When it comes to hiring, resumes and interviews will only get you so far. Today, background checks are a standard part of the hiring process and can protect you from potential liability and help you avoid misinformed decisions. When it comes to background checks, one size does not fit all, there are many different types available, and you may select different reports depending on your needs, the nature of the job, or the location.
In a 2018 HR.com report sponsored by the National Association of Background Screeners (NABS), showed that 95 percent of surveyed employers indicated that they use one or more types of employment background screening. The report also showed that while most respondents conducted checks during the hiring process, others did so throughout the employment life cycle.
A background check goes far beyond a reference check – which generally involves contacting an applicants’ former employers, coworkers, etc. – and is an ideal way to secure information. A thorough background check can provide you the details you need on an applicant, and will let you know if they are qualified or unqualified for a position due to a criminal record, motor vehicle violations, poor credit, or if they’ve misrepresented their education and work history.
SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, reports that a major reason to conduct background and reference checks is to avoid harm or legal liability of various types to the employer or to others. This includes harm to:
· Other employees by sexual harassment or workplace violence.
· The organization's customers by, for example, sexual assault on business premises.
· The public by negligent driving.
· The employer's business through financial loss or image and reputational issues.
Defense of legal claims, such as negligent hiring, is also a compelling reason to conduct in-depth criminal records searches of job applicants. A multilevel jurisdictional criminal records search can be strong evidence that the employer exercised due care in hiring.
Just because background checks have become the norm, doesn’t mean employers are given the green light to check anything and everything. They instead must deal with a variety of legal challenges when conducting background investigations and several federal laws explicitly or implicitly apply to the practice of background investigations. Various state laws may overlap with some of the relevant federal laws; states may also have additional requirements, and several common law claims can arise against an organization as the result of a background check.
There are many types of pre-employment background checks, with employers using a mix of those that best suit their needs. But you don’t have to sweat the small stuff, we can keep track of the details and give you the information you need to know. In fact, at Spectrum Payroll, we have plenty of resources to help you successfully make your next hire, including reliable background checks. We partner with National Crime Search, which is the most comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate pre-employment verification service available and can provide you with what you need to make your next great hire.