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Small Biz Tip: Pre-Screening Employees: Background Checks

Tips from June 27, 2009

The Small Business tips today will be about background checks for new employees.

  1. One of the most important reasons to conduct a background check on a potential future employee is to eliminate those who lied on their resume.  With the economy struggling and people desperate to find jobs, it is important to hire those who are truthful and have the proper credentials.
  2. Before diving into potential employees’ personal records and history, be sure to look into what constitutes as a legal background check and which does not.  Being safe and preparing yourself is essential to avoid court and legal problems.
  3. Conducting a background check ensures that your employees will retain a sense of safety at the workplace.  Employees will be less stressed about the possibility of incidents at the workplace.
  4. It is very important for small businesses to conduct background checks to save money by hiring the right candidates from the start instead of wasting time and money on hiring the wrong ones.

Daily Overview: When conducting a background check, find out all necessary information to shield yourself and your business from legal issues. Find more information at Privacy Rights Fact Sheet.

I am not an attorney. I have attempted to condense complicated and detailed legal issues into 140 characters per line. My interpretation may not be exact. Please contact an attorney for professional legal advice.

For more information, please visit the American Bar Association.