The Importance of Background Checks

Most businesses at some level deal with sensitive information. This may include social security numbers, credit card information, drivers license information and countless other types of personal information. In order to assure clients and customers that their information is being handled properly, it is the duty of the business owner to take the necessary step of getting a thorough background check on all employees. Personal and professional references are still a good method, but they should not be solely relied upon.  It should be obvious that prospective employees will give names of those who will give a good reference.  Background checks pick up where the references stop and give you accurate and in-depth information regarding the candidate.

Background checks are available to cover a wide variety of areas. Drivers license, character references, personal acquaintances, education records, criminal records, court records, credit records and much more. It is important to note that much of this is public information. 

In addition, employers should understand that according to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, some information cannot be used in conjunction with a background check. Bankruptcies after 10 years and many other types of consumer information that is older than 7 years may not be reported. Criminal background, credit reporting, worker’s compensation claims and character references are just a few among a long list of types of background checks that are widely available. Employers should know the laws in their specific state regarding what information is available for their specific needs.

Background checks serve many purposes: to enhance security in the workforce, to reduce turnover, to minimize the occurrence of employee theft and to leave you with the peace of mind that you have made the right decision in the hiring process. As a business owner, it is imperative to know who is working for you and what their background is. 

In their pre-employment literature employers should include a notice of the types of background checks performed.  Albeit a business essential need and requirement, most employers do not have the time, resources or authority to complete thorough background investigations. In order to gain this peace of mind, it is necessary to hire a background investigation firm.

The Screening Source has over 15 years in the background and drug screening industry. Business owners should consider the hiring of a company such as The Screening Source for background and drug screening a good and sound business practice and an inexpensive form of insurance for their company. Skimping on something as vitally important as a background investigation could possibly cost the company much more in the long run.  The Screening Source [] presents an accessible interface where users can determine what background check services are best suited to their needs.