Virtual Employees Should Still Be Background Checked

Do you find yourself hiring “virtual” employees, such as virtual assistants or freelance workers?  If so, you should be background checking these individuals just as you would background check someone who was coming to your organization day-in, day-out.

Surprisingly, a great deal of businesses forget to background check these types of virtual employees.  Perhaps it’s an out-of-sight, out-of-mind issue; or maybe they don’t think the virtual employee can do much harm.  But in the end, it’s short-sighted, especially in an era when the Internet allows bad press to immediately become available.

Before you ever cut a paycheck to a virtual employee (or, Heaven forbid, give him or her access to your network or customer database), find out who he or she really is with a background check.  It doesn’t have to cost much, either; it’s more of an “insurance policy” against bringing someone unacceptable into your team.

Protect your reputation — background check any and all virtual employees you may never meet in person but who are doing business under your corporate moniker.

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Who Pays for Background Checks?

It’s an interesting question:  Who pays for background checks?

Is it the employer?  The potential employee?  The school?  The school would-be volunteer?  The nanny?  The parents of the kids the nanny will be watching? 

In a nutshell, the answer is a bit convoluted because it depends.

Most employers pay for background checks themselves.  They simply consider it a cost of doing business and an insurance policy against making terrible hiring decisions.  However, there are some companies that are moving to making the possible employee pay for his or her background check; we’d suggest looking into the legality of doing so depending upon your field.

As for nonprofit organizations, a good deal require that potential volunteers pay for their own background checks.  That way, the entity doesn’t have to use funds to do so, and they ensure that any volunteers really want to be there since they’ve already used their own monies for clearances and background screening.

At this point, we’d really like to know your thoughts on the subject…

Have you ever paid for a background check to be performed on you?  Would you?  Conversely, have you ever made someone pay to have a background check report run on him or her?

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  • Skip Background Checks at Your Own Peril

    Whether you’re the CEO of an international, multi-million dollar corporation or the executive director of a local nonprofit, it’s imperative that you background check your employees and volunteers.

    Yes, this will cost you money… but what form of “insurance” doesn’t?  And that’s exactly what background checks ARE — insurance against a host of negative things happening to and within your business.

    Embezzlement.  Fraud.  Criminal activity.  Sexual harrassment.  Sexual offenses.  The possibilities are endless… and terrifying.

    Don’t put your business’s reputation on the line.  Always conduct comprehensive background checks… or risk the potential fallout.

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