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Background checks more important than ever


Although hiring has slowed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses are beginning to look at what the new normal will mean in terms of recruiting and retaining top employees. Background screening plays a major role in supporting businesses that’ve worked diligently to offer quality goods and services and developed superior reputations. Screening candidates and employees also helps in defending negligent hiring claims.

All 50 states have issued guidelines for reopening, and many workplaces are beginning to cautiously follow those recommendations. Differing orders by states, counties and individual communities have left businesses looking at background screening in various ways to ensure their employees maintained desired behaviors during the shutdown.

Background screening will likely look a bit different going forward as many current and new hire employees have been given the option to work from home. It will be important to monitor all employees moving forward. Regulatory changes affect many essential businesses, including health care and financial organizations that face legal requirements not only to screen employees, but also meet specific guidelines set forth within their industries. Colorado businesses working with at-risk adults must complete the Colorado Adult Protective Services unit check on all employees upon hire and when not working for more than 30 days.

Fair Credit Reporting Act regulations have not seen recent changes. But within this industry, there’s been discussion about making employers continue to protect their employees, property and customers. In several webinars, the topic of negligent hiring has come to the forefront. An employee’s future actions are, to some extent, predictable by past behaviors. But as businesses face growing “ban the box” initiatives, it will become more important to have a system to continuously update the ongoing illegal behaviors of all employees as well as the status of their professional licenses.

When employers participate in second chance programs in which they hire individuals with some level of criminal history and allow them to re-enter the work environment, continuous monitoring of criminal actions offers some peace of mind. FULL ARTICLE

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