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Common Questions Regarding a Background Check

Posted in Frequently Asked Questions on 01/16/2007

What is a background check?
A background check is an overall term used to describe the process of verifying someone’s history.  This may include their criminal history, credit status, driving record, education and employment history, professional references and others. A background check can be one or more of these searches. Thorough candidate background searches may help protect your company from expensive “negligent hiring” lawsuits, employee turnover, theft, embezzlement and workplace violence.

What is “negligent hiring”?
Negligent hiring is an employer’s failure to exercise reasonable caution when choosing an employee.  Courts have increasingly held employers legally liable for illegal or violent actions taken by employees who were not subjected to reasonable pre-employment screening.