In the current litigious business environment, you face a broad
range of potential liabilities, many of which are brought on by
employees. These employee-based liabilities range from offenses
such as workplace assaults and battery to statutory claims of
discrimination and harassment to offenses against you and your
business, such as theft, embezzlement and unfair competition, among
As an employer, you are held responsible for the liabilities you
create by intentional action and inaction, as well as for your
negligence in discharging your duties as an employer (such as
hiring, retention and supervision).
All these issues make it more critical for you to carefully
screen and consider those you hire. Doing so will help protect you,
your employees and others in your workplace.
To this end, you should adopt a comprehensive and well-framed
set of background checking procedures tailored for your particular
workplace and each job position. These procedures should be
designed to ensure to the greatest extent possible that the
individuals being hired or, in the case of promotions or transfers,
brought into certain positions are honest, trustworthy, reliable,
qualified and, perhaps most important, nonviolent...
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