Before we go any further, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room:
It’s not only possible, but it’s downright EASY to hire someone to carry out bare-minimum background checks on potential employees. There are plenty of companies that are willing and able to scratch the surface on your behalf and hand you a sheet of paper that says, “this person seems fine.” While this may satisfy legal and regulatory requirements initially, these minimal screens leave your company at risk.
It’s never acceptable for people to be put in danger or suffer due to laziness or corner-cutting. When the victims are children, the situation becomes all the more heinous.
As a Human Resources Coordinator who’s already evaluated your company’s needs, reviewed the budget, and sought out a number of quotes and proposals, you’re faced with a decision:
Human Resources Managers are charged with a weighty responsibility: selecting and vetting candidates for open positions within the company. When you stop to think about it., that’s arguably one of the most important ongoing decisions anyone can make on behalf of an organization.
Yes, you’re ridiculously busy. Yes, your stress level is off the charts.That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thorough, and especially when it comes to background checks.
Once again, the holiday season has snuck up on you. Maybe you were distracted by the election, or maybe it was just the day-to-day grind that got in the way, but suddenly you’re staring down the barrel of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the Christmas rush, and you haven’t finished nailing down your seasonal staffing yet!
Okay, so let’s start off with an important disclaimer here, NationSearch doesn’t advocate the theft of social security numbers. It’s no secret, however: that in this age of big data and the Internet of Things, its super easy for criminals to obtain SSNs. What’s more, these numbers can be bought and sold so that people can work illegally, leaving employers vulnerable and at the mercy of ill-gotten identifiers.
Kids SSN's are especially attractive to thieves...
Unfortunately, kids tend to be the most likely to have their identities stolen. In an article posted in Digital Journal by George McGinn back in 2014, he reports that "children are 51 times more likely to be victims of identity theft than adults."
Any background screening company (see also Consumer Reporting Agency, or CRA) worth their salt has quality assurance measures in place to protect their clients. Perhaps the most important rule in the background screening biz: once employers see the report, it can’t be unseen.
Most companies are required to perform I-9 verifications on new hires. When companies take these verifications on as an internal procedure, the process itself often requires additional resources and can pose extra risk to the company. Time spent entering information and employee training for proper handling of sensitive information are just two examples of what these verifications entail.
Liability abounds in the background screening biz—plenty of grey areas, pitfalls, and consequences await those companies unlucky enough to be unprepared when the time comes. Both Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) and their clients are vulnerable to scrutiny.