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Litigation Avoidance: Four Ways A Background Screening Policy Helps

by Susan McCullah

Jul 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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Litigation avoidance with a background check.jpgNobody wants to get sued. 

It costs money, eats up time, tarnishes reputations, and is just an all out pain in the rump! 

Negligent hiring lawsuits are on the rise, and it pays employers to take precautions to minimize the risk of being one of the long line of companies that must defend themselves against litigation. A background check can assist!

Here are four ways your background screening policy helps with litigation avoidance: 

#1: Covers your decisions. Thorough background checks provide a basis of proof for your hiring decisions. In cases of negligent hiring, an employer can use his or her findings as valid evidence in why the person was or was not hired. 

#2: Offers transparency. The hiring process can come under fire when it seems it is unfair to minorities or other parties. A solid background screening policy shows from beginning to end why a person was a fit, or why they were not, for the position based on their background. Without proof, it is simply the employer's word against the plaintiff's. 

#3: Maintains fairness and consistency. Hiring decisions should be fair to all candidates. Creating a written policy that encompasses the entire hiring process stands a better chance of litigation avoidance than an inconsistent process. 

#4: Protects your reputation. Negligent hiring lawsuits often sully a company's reputation, and it can take years to recover. A background screening policy, conducted thoroughly but fairly, produces the safe hiring choice, thus reducing the risk of being named in a lawsuit.

Check out our handy infographic that outlines the current hiring landscape >>>

Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, background check, Litigation avoidance

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~~Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager/ Background Screening Division for Data Facts, Inc, a 25 year old Memphis based company. Data Facts Inc -an NAPBS accredited company- is a leading provider of employment screening solutions. Check out our website for a complete explanation of our services.