Continue Background Screening During the Holiday Season

It’s the time of year when employers are hiring for seasonal and temporary workers to bolster their workforce in anticipation of the barrage of shoppers, diners, and visitors this holiday season. One study estimated that retail stores will hire 700,000 temporary workers during this holiday season. 

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) reminds employers that properly screening job applicants is more important than ever.

“Seasonal workers are a necessity to handle the increased volume of customer transactions during the holidays, but employers need to make sure they are not compromising their hiring process in the rush to find workers to meet the increased demand,” said Judy Gootkind, NAPBS Chair.  “Consumers willingly share their personal information in increasingly crowded stores and restaurants, and it’s an employer’s responsibility to make sure their workers are both skilled and trustworthy. Now is not the time to cut corners when faced with time sensitive hiring decisions.”

Background screening enables employers to meet their legal responsibilities for providing a safe and secure environment for their existing employees and the customers they serve. It also is an effective tool for mitigating risks, such as theft or violence in the workplace. By using a professional background screening company to conduct background checks, employers will receive the most timely and accurate information under the appropriate state and federal laws.

NAPBS offers these  Dos and Don’ts for conducting effective background checks during the holiday hiring period: 

  1. Don’t try the do-it-yourself approach to background screening – Conducting a Google search or quickly checking social media is not adequate or appropriate for vetting potential employees and could leave you open to legal issues.
  2. Do hire a professional background screening firm  – Partnering with a professional will ensure you obtain the most comprehensive and accurate data to help make informed hiring decisions.
  3. Do treat all employees the same during the background screening process. Whether full-time, part-time, or seasonal, they are still your employees and will most likely be interacting with your customers every day. Their classification should not change the need for conducting a background check.
  4. Do make sure you are aware of your responsibilities as an employer under the law – Background checks are subject to state and federal laws intended to protect those being screened, so obtain an understanding of what you are required to do by law to avoid penalties.
  5. Don’t fail to communicate with the job applicant – Notify the applicant prior to conducting a background check and allow enough time for the individual to resolve any disputes related to information on the background check.

If you need to screen applicants this season, we can help. Call us at 800.884.1328 or email pes@msec.org