Background screening is a widely accepted practice for employers to ensure that the people they hire do not pose a danger to their staff, their customers, or their company assets in general. Background checks are so easily available that the courts can hold a company liable for not availing itself of this service, if, in fact, the unscreened employee later causes harm to others. Contrary to popular belief, there is no "one-size-fits-all" background check, so without proper attention to detail, a company can find that it missed relevant convictions and is therefore not protected even after running a cursory screening. On the other hand, the wrong check can yield excess information that companies cannot, by law, take into consideration in the hiring process, thus making them susceptible to lawsuits.
In short, to accomplish the twin goals of protecting a company against unwittingly hiring criminals while simultaneously not unlawfully overreaching, companies should work with reputable background screening agencies (known as CRAs) to ensure they get the check that is right for their needs. For expert advice on the background check services that are right for your company, speak to a Health Street agent at (888) 378-2499.