Background Screening Current Employees

Background Screening Current Employees

Depending on the nature of your business, instituting a regular background screening policy can actually be good for your business.

When people are trying to get a new job, they expect that there will be a background screening. No matter what industry it is, pre-screening employees is a common policy. Screening existing employees, however, is markedly less common.  Depending on the nature of your business, instituting a regular background screening policy can actually be good for your business.

Why Should You Screen Current Employees?

As an employer, you should first decide if screening your current employees is worth the possible risk of losing a great employee. Other considerations that should be made are:

  • Discrimination claims it you’re only screening a portion of your company’s workforce
  • The costs associated with ongoing background screenings
  • What you find may not relate to job performance.
  • If findings are beyond the 7-year reporting limit, they cannot be used as grounds for termination.

Reasons for Conducting Employee Background Screening:

There are a few reasons you might consider regular background screenings:

  • Security- If you feel an employee could be putting those around them at risk, a background screening may be able to tell you if there has been any criminal activity outside the workplace.
  • Job performance- If an employee isn’t performing as they should, a background screening could tell you why.
  • Damage to the business- If your business could suffer consequences as a result of an employee’s criminal activity, background screening can give you details of that activity so that you can keep your business protected.
  • Insurance purposes- If your employees will be driving on company time, your insurance company may require regular driver’s license checks.

Gaining Consent for Screenings

If you want to perform a background screening on an employee, whether they be a new hire or a current employee, you need to obtain their consent. Some employers may fear that this will damage their employer-employee relationship. A current employee may feel that as long as their personal life isn’t affecting their job, they shouldn’t have to have the background screening.

Usually, when a new employee signs a consent form for a background screening upon hiring, that consent is indefinite. The employee may revoke that consent at any time. In some states, employers are required to obtain consent every time a background screening is performed. If you intend to perform regular screenings of your employees, make sure that policy is understood from the beginning.


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