Annual Criminal Background Check
Things change. The person you hired a year ago has gone through all kinds of changes, may be under new pressures, or started running with a different crowd. As an MVR check will reveal a recent speeding ticket or accident, an annual criminal background check might reveal a criminal record that didn’t exist a year ago.
Since background checks have become commonplace for employers, some are requiring an annual criminal background check on all existing employees. This is a step that should be applied fairly and consistently for all employees and defined in the company’s policies and procedures.
Finding out that an employee has had an arrest can be eye opening, depending on the charge. Whatever the results of the criminal background check, the employer can take action to protect his own interests, whether it’s transferring the offender to a different department or taking some disciplinary action if the offense is serious enough.
Negligent retention lawsuits happen when an employer retains an employee that he “knows, or should have known” has had a history of violence, theft, or drugs.
Just be sure that all employees know that this is the policy, and what the consequences are of breaking the law, and how it might impact their job.
Also, have all employees sign a consent for a criminal background check that is for all periods of employment, or have them complete a new one each year.