There are many reasons why employment screening is necessary today. Surveys suggest that over 80% of companies conduct some type of background search, often including one or more of the following: criminal records checking, reference checking and past employment verification.
Statistics are staggering:
Studies show that 30-40% of all job applicants put false information on their resumes or applications, and “exaggerate” their qualifications during interviews. Can you blame employers for wanting to verify claims made by desperate job seekers?
Legal cause is established:
Lawsuits for “negligent hiring” are on the rise. If an employee’s actions hurt someone, the employer may be liable. So when considering an applicant, it’s in the employers best financial self-interest to find out if that person has done anything in the past which might indicate future problems.
Workplace violence is on the rise:
Episodes of workplace violence have resulted in the need to require criminal background checks for anyone who works with professional organizations.