When you hire people from decisions made solely from an interview and a resume, you are taking a risk that you may not be aware of. In order to obtain employment, people will go to great lengths to deceive a potential employer. Sometimes this is done to get a higher paying job; one they are not qualified for. In other circumstances, an individual may be hiding something that what prevent them from getting the job altogether. In either case, an employee background check can often catch these deceptions. The consequences of not doing a background check can sometimes be severe. The following are only a few examples.

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Financial Liability For Your Employee’s Actions

It is more common now than in the past for successful lawsuits against a company for failure to be diligent in the hiring process by not doing a pre-employment background check. There are many examples of this. Most of them relate to criminal records. One example is hiring a driver for your company, but unbeknownst to you, they have a felony conviction for driving under the influence.

You can be held liable if they get into an accident and cause significant property damaging and bodily harm while driving under the influence if a court finds you negligent in the hiring process. We have the skills to find any DUI convictions on a person’s record, even if it happened in another state or under another name. This is true for other criminal convictions that may relate directly to the job you are trying to fill.

Employee Theft

The loss businesses suffer from employee theft can be large. Employee theft can take many forms. It may be similar to shoplifting by customers, but with an employee, it can be done on a larger scale over a long period of time. The financial loss can be quite large. Embezzlement by bookkeepers and accountants is another problem. This type of crime can put a company out of business quickly. The good news is that much of this can be eliminated by a good screening process with a criminal background check. We can find a person’s criminal background, even in situations where they have taken steps to conceal it.

Unqualified People Working For You

Depending upon the specifics of the job classification, it can be critical that an applicant has the qualifications they state on their resume. An individual that claims they have certification to operate a piece of equipment that they do not have can cause a wide range of problems, the least of which is a lack of productivity. Certain types of equipment in the wrong hands can be dangerous. We can verify their educational background and certifications as well as their work experience and employment history.

There are many laws regarding what an employer can do when running a background check. In some situations, certain types of information can only be gathered with the applicant’s consent. Along with federal laws, there are also state laws and they can vary from one state to the next. We know how to gather the information you need legally and perform a thorough employee background investigation so you won’t have to deal with these issues after hiring. Contact us about your needs, and we can explain how our services can best help you screen out the prospective employees that are not desirable for your company.

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Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson is a private investigator and founder of Tristar Investigation, California’s premiere detective agency. Bruce is also a media commentator for the investigation industry, featured in the New York Times, CNN, History Channel, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times and many more. You can find him on Google+ LinkedIn and YouTube.