Answer – January 31, 2012

Unless required by law, background screening is most effective when tailored to the organization and the job the employee will perform.  Background screening does not have to be done for all employees.  Employers should examine the job duties and tailor the background screening accordingly.  For example, motor vehicle checks should be done for jobs that require driving and credit checks should be done for jobs having cash handling or financial transaction responsibilities.  Background screening is a risk management tool.  The more trust and responsibility the employee is given over persons or property, the better it is to screen applicants for that position.

Where not already required by federal or state law, background screening is recommended for positions where employees will be responsible for the safety and welfare of others like children, elderly persons, ill or injured persons, and customers or clients in their homes.  It is also recommended for employees entrusted with high-value property.  

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