Why Conduct Background Checks on Potential Employees?

Ciccotti & Buckley, LLC employs a U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) certified investigator.

Does your organization conduct background checks as part of the hiring process? Many organizations do, but the type of background check—and the extent of it—varies considerably.

 

Some of the Reasons for Conducting a Background Check

Probably the biggest reason employers choose to perform background checks on potential employees is safety and security. Employers have an obligation under OSHA to provide a safe workplace—one that is free of known hazards. It can be easily argued that hiring an individual with violent tendencies—tendencies that could have been discovered with due diligence—would represent a disregard for that obligation. As such, many employers opt to perform at least a criminal background check on potential employees before finalizing any offer of employment.

Similarly, if an individual causes harm to anyone—such as a customer or vendor—the employer may be liable if there was an opportunity to learn about this tendency, such as the existence of a criminal record.

Security is another concern, especially for jobs in which an individual is responsible for cash or for making decisions that affect the company’s profitability or reputation. For any individual in these roles, employers often consider doing a background check that confirms the individual does not have a history of fraud, negligence, or theft, for example.

Background checks can also be done on a more limited scale. Technically, even calling references is a form of background screening. In these situations, an employer is trying to gauge what the potential employee is like to work with, to better ensure it will be a good fit. These can also be done as a means to try to uncover any fabrications or exaggerations on the application, résumé, or during the interview.

Please contact Ciccotti & Buckley, LLC for additional information.

What sets Ciccotti & Buckley, LLC apart from other firms?

  • Unsurpassed investigative rigor
  • Certified Fraud Examiner and Forfeiture Analyst
  • Top rated data bases
  • Forensic partners: computer and accounting
  • On-staff paralegal
  • Previous law enforcement investigators with courtroom experience
  • Social media and open source subject matter experts
  • Investigative analytics
  • Technical surveillance counter measures
  • Extensive financial backgrounds to include credit and bank accounts
  • “Court ready” reports

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