A Brief Guide to Background Checks for Your Small Business

A Brief Guide to Background Checks for Your Small Business

Unfortunately, people are seldom forthcoming about past criminal activity or other things that could hurt your small business.

Owning a small business is not an easy thing. Unfortunately, people are seldom forthcoming about past criminal activity or other things that could hurt your small business. This is one of many reasons why background checks are so important. As the owner of a small business, you need to protect yourself, your business, your family, and your other employees. Performing thorough background checks on prospective employees will help you do that.

Understanding the Lingo

For you to really understand background checks and how they work, you should first understand a couple of the terms that are often tossed around in association with background checks.

Negligent hiring– Negligent hiring claims can me filed by and employee against their employer when they feel that the employer didn’t perform enough background checks on another employee. Usually, a claim is filed after one employee jeopardizes the safety of one or more of their coworkers or the company.

Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)– This was put into place to regulate the use of background check reports. If an employee believes there is false information on a report, the FCRA gives them the right to refute the claim. This helps to ensure accuracy of background checks.

Pre-Adverse Action and Adverse Action– These FCRA terms are used to inform employees and prospective employees that their background checks yielded un-favorable results. If a business does not inform the applicant or employee of these results, the person can file non-compliance charges against that business.

When Should Background Checks be Performed?

The first step is to come up with a plan. Know your business. What types of employees will you be hiring? Depending on individual job descriptions, some individuals may require deeper background checks than others. It is important to have a clear, well thought out, consistent hiring policy in place when you start to hire your small business employees. Make sure applicants are aware of the process too. Perhaps most importantly: make sure you obtain consent for any and all background checks BEFORE you order them.

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AIR Pre-Employment Screening Services is ready to provide you with quality tenant screening for all of your properties, including driving record screening, criminal records searching, drug testing, identity verification, and even screening personal and professional references. We have over 20 years of experience in our field and we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service, incomparable accuracy, and quick reporting. For more information on our services, contact P.J. Davis at pjdavis@air-prehire.com, call 410-654-5665, or visit our website at http://www.air-prehire.com/. For more hiring tips and articles like this, follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Google+.

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