One of the most undervalued benefits of conducting pre employment background checks is that the fact that a company performs employment screening can be a defense against a negligent hiring lawsuit.
Imagine that an employee who has customer contact on a regular basis suddenly loses his temper and attacks and injures one of your customers. A suit is filed against the employee, your company, and you for damages suffered by the customer, now known as “Plaintiff”.
Now imagine that plaintiff’s attorney introduces evidence that his client, your former customer, had numerous previous arrests and convictions for aggressive behavior, including assault and battery. Plaintiff’s attorney contends that you, as the employer knew, or should have known, that the employee would assault someone based on his prior history.
If you don’t conduct pre employment background checks on all your new hires, then you may as well go ahead and write a large check ot to the plaintiff.
Now, even if you had done a background check and it came back clean, at least you made an effort to weed out the bad hires, and you have made an attempt at due diligence.
Employers should make an effort to hire honest, productive employees, a process that should include employee background checks.
Go to: employee background checks to learn more about how to improve your pre employment screening process.