National Consumer Law Center report on background check companies says be careful who you hire

A recent report by the National Consumer Law Center claims that background checks can be erroneous, advising employers to be careful when hiring an employment screening service to conduct background checks on their prospective employees.

According to the report, nearly 75 percent of employers are conducting some sort of pre-employment screening on job applicants. The report claims that errors made by fly-by-night background check companies using shoddy business practices can — and have — cost qualified people good jobs.

“Federal regulatory agencies and states should rein in the Wild West of the background screening industry by holding companies accountable,” said Persis Yu, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) staff attorney and co-author of the report.

When hiring a screening service to conduct your business’s background checks, research the company’s history and reputation. is a division of American Tenant Screen, which is a leading provider of integrated screening services for businesses in the markets we serve. The company provides screening services globally to more than 3,000 clients, and has been in business for nearly 25 years.


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Are You Background Checking Your Seasonal Workers?

For shoppers, the holidays are fun, frantic, and trying: to do lists as long as your arm, malls thick with traffic and impatient shoppers, budgets stretched like rubber bands. Throw in a few crying kids, desperate to see Santa Claus, and even the world’s best parent would be forgiven for being distracted. It’s natural and understandable.

Any mall that cares about its customers will do what it can to persuade their worries by conducting drug and criminal screening on Santa and his elves so parents know they aren’t sending their children into a dangerous situation. It’s just one of those careful business steps that need to be taken, to ensure that rigorous standards are being maintained.

Chances are that nothing is amiss. But criminals today are growing increasingly adept at hiding their identities, and keeping their secrets from prying eyes. And that’s a big problem for business.
Background checks for such sensitive issues need to be thorough and deep, and to leave no stone unturned.

Running drug and chemical screening for jolly old St. Nick might be an uncomfortable subject for many businesses because employers like to trust their employees. Yet background checks, on average, weed out about 7 to 10 percent of applicants, so it does demonstrate that mall managers need to be vigilant and thorough.

Think of it as one more ritual to make sure that the holidays are safe and happy for all.

Expanding Your Business? Incorporate Background Checks!

If you’re going to expand your business and add new people — even if they are only part-time or commission-driven — into the mix, it’s time to invest in background checks.

Though you might feel that your organization is “too small” to need background checks on employees, remember that it’s tougher for a small business to absorb the negative press associated with a bad hire than it is for a large entity.  (And it’s still really, really tough for the “big guys” to deal with a crisis.)

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to get the security of background checks for your business.  In fact, it’s probably more affordable than you might imagine.  And it sure beats having to explain to a reporter why you made a bad hiring decision that ended in tragedy.

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  • Take Risks in Business… Just Not with Background Checks

    It’s fine to be a risk taker when it comes to business; after all, most entrepreneurs have a “risk taking” streak.  It’s all part of their nature and why they start their companies to begin with.

    However, it’s not always appropriate to take risks, especially in the area of background checking.

    Background checks are a means of offering an organization:

    • A higher level of security;
    • An increased amount of stability; and
    • A better, more solid workforce.

    So why don’t more execs immediately turn to background checking when filling positions?  They feel it’s unnecessary and they’re just willing to take the “risk” if it doesn’t pan out.

    Bad idea.

    Not implementing background checks can be devastating to a business and (sometimes permanently) stunt its growth.  Read the papers — just one bad worker can completely wreak havoc on the future of a company.

    It’s fine to take some chances, such as trying a new marketing campaign or opening the doors to a new store.  But don’t mess around with background checking; it’s one area that’s been proven to be worth its weight in gold.

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