Screening Verifies Applicant Integrity
Employment screening (including drug testing) is concerned with applicant integrity. By
performing a legally permissible, legitimate background check, an employer
can measure the integrity of the applicant by comparing the application, resume
and interview responses to the objective facts compiled in the screening report.
Past Performance Predicts Future Results
A common human resources idiom is that, “past performance predicts future
performance.” What the employee has done in the past is a good indicator
(although admittedly not foolproof) of how the individual will operate in the
future. Background screening attempts to reveal how an applicant has acted
with respect to the law, schools, employers and the court system.
Screening Reduces Negligent Hiring Risk
Employers are legally liable for the actions of their employees under the so-called
“negligent hiring” doctrine. However, that risk is mitigated when the employer
has made a good faith effort to obtain information that is “reasonably available,”
and when they have acted appropriately in light of that information. Background
screening and drug testing provide the needed information to mitigate potential
exposure to negligent hiring lawsuits.