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Why Pre-Employment Background Screening Is Not Enough - July 07, 2014

As an HR professional or business owner, you understand the importance of pre-hire applicant background screening better than anyone. It is a vital part of the recruiting process, protecting your business from risks such as fraud, theft, workplace violence and negligent hiring.

But once vetted and hired, how do you know your new employee won’t get into trouble? The kind of trouble that can result in an arrest and pose a risk to your company, reputation or employees? The answer is you don't. What's more is that as an employer, you can be held liable under many state laws if it can be proven that they should have known of an issue and did not take appropriate action. 

Recognizing a troubling gap in post-hire monitoring, SterlingBackcheck has developed an innovative program to efficiently monitor employees for risky behavior – Employee Risk Alerts. Whether full-time, part-time, consultants, or volunteers, Employee Risk Alerts offer an ongoing, pro-active approach to post-hire employee screening with the following key benefits:

  • Decreases the risk of workplace violence
  • Protects client and/or customer base from potential harm
  • Protects your company's brand and assets
  • Identifies potential risk before it impacts your company
  • Decreases the risk of negligent retention litigation

SterlingBackcheck's Employee Risk Alert service is easily accessible via our Screening Direct platform. How does it work? It uses an automated approach to search a real time victim notification database that covers 70% of the U.S. incarcerated population and then quickly run the employee list provided against a unique database of more than 2,000 booking jurisdictions that are updated daily. Alerts are then delivered daily (within 24 hours) or quarterly via comprehensive risk reports.

Recent reviews conducted by SterlingBackcheck of 3 companies found the following:

A NATIONAL FURNITURE RETAILER

A MAJOR FOOD PRODUCTS BRAND

AN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PROCESS

1,050 employees reviewed 197 employees had arrests since hire date 4 had arrests within 30 days of review

888 employees reviewed 8 arrested since their hire date

2 had arrests within 30 days of review

2,723 employees reviewed 102 arrested since their hire date

60% of those arrested were arrested more than once since hire date


There is nothing more important than protecting the safety of your workforce. Be aware, be proactive, and stay on top of employee records to make sure they are up-to-date.

EMployee Risk Alerts