HOW CAN I SHIELD MY COMPANY FROM NEGLIGENT HIRING LIABILITY?
Background screening is the best line of defense against liability that can arise from adverse or negligent hiring practices. To protect your organization, thoroughly investigate an applicant's job history, performance, and criminal history. An in-depth criminal records search should be requested for each potential applicant, covering all areas of residence for the last seven years. Additionally, a combination of personal and professional verifications should be added based on the applicant's applied position. These simple steps are the foundation for good hiring policies and will demonstrate that you took reasonable care to practice due diligence in your screening practices.
WHAT IS NEGLIGENT HIRING?
Negligent hiring is a cause of action in tort law that arises where one party is held liable for negligence because they placed another party in a position of authority and responsibility, and an injury resulted because of this placement. For example, if an organization hires an employee who commits a crime while employed that injures or otherwise affects a fellow employee, the affected individual may have legal grounds to bring a lawsuit against the organization for actual or punitive damages based on the seriousness of an incident.
HOW MUCH CAN A NEGLIGENT HIRING LAWSUIT COST MY COMPANY?
Negligent hiring lawsuits may cost your company anywhere between several thousand dollars to several million. A recent study found that the average settlement for workplace violence was well into the hundred's of thousands of dollars.
WHAT TYPES OF SEARCHES SHOULD I BE UTILIZING TO SCREEN MY PERSPECTIVE TENANTS?
To ensure that your perspective tenant is well screened, organizations should utilize a national criminal search combined with credit history and eviction records. Additionally, applying a tenant scoring model to the provided information will round out your background screen and provide the most comprehensive set of data available to make residential decisions.
HOW CAN I ENSURE THAT THE BACKGROUND SCREENING I PERFORM IS LEGAL AND IN KEEPING WITH GOVERNMENT ORDINANCES?
The world of government regulation can be complex and require a legal expertise to interpret. At Shield Screening, we monitor all government rulings affecting employment, volunteer and residential screening, and update our customers accordingly. Because our account managers and sales representatives have years of experience within the background screening industry, we help our customers interpret and implement these regulations, ensuring total compliance with state and national background screening laws.