Screening potential employees is a common practice in practically all industries, no matter what the type or size of the company. The extensiveness of the employment screening may vary depending on the nature of the company, but essentially this is done to make sure that the management is able to hire the most qualified applicants possible, as well as ensure work place safety and protect the business’ best interests.
Screening challenges are especially evident for small- and medium-sized businesses who have yet to develop a clear-cut hiring process, or who have yet to get the benefit of having their own legal team.
Simply put, there are so many potential errors that can be committed during employment screening, especially if the one conducting the search is not careful. This is why employers must take precautions in ensuring they do not cross the line of invading the applicant’s privacy. These rules also often vary, particularly in terms of federal, state, local and job-specific laws. Conducting a complete legal research prior to conducting any type of hiring can help pre-empt breaking these laws unwittingly.
If unable to acquire legal consultation, the best option for companies is to work with firms who specialize in employee screening services. Not only does this allow them to ensure all pertinent rules and requirements are met, it also saves on having to invest on and retain an in-house employment screening team.