Protect your Company and Assets

It used to be that negligent hiring claims were filed only by employees who had been injured by a co-worker. While a customer could sue if a job poorly done proved damaging in some way, the public had little recourse against employers for other types of harm done by an employee.

Now, however, courts in many states hold employers liable for their employee's actions while on the job.

*You're supposed to know enough about your employees' characters to avoid trouble. An employer can be held liable for punitive damage as well as medical bills, lost wages, etc. The stakes can be substantial: a Maryland jury recently awarded a plaintiff $2 million in a negligent hiring case.

Levels of Screening
Basic screening generally consists of requiring potential employees or volunteers to complete a comprehensive application form and submit a signed statement, conducting a thorough personal interview that examines an applicant's past employment or volunteer experience and explores other indicators
of potential problem behavior, and performing personal and professional reference checks. It also may be necessary to confirm an applicant's education.

More extensive background checks are sometimes required. There frequently include examining local, State, and Federal criminal records; abuse and sex offender registries; and motor vehicle records.
Special cases may warrant even further screening, including alcohol, drug, and psychological testing; checking an applicant's psychiatric history; and visiting an applicant's home.

  • 33% of all Resumes are fraudulent: a practice that has been increasing at 6% annually.
  • The United States Commerce Department cites that 30% of all business failures are due to employee theft and related forms of dishonesty.
  • Employers can be held liable for negligent hiring practices when a back- ground check is not done.
  • Crimes, violence, mis- conduct and accidents puts everyone at risk






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