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Background Checks are Up 24% Over Last Year

By Michael Klazema on 1/18/2012

The data has been compiled and the results are in: companies and organizations have done more background checks over the last year than ever before. As employers steadily began to hire again, they made sure the employees they were hiring had only the most impeccable backgrounds possible. Even companies, who never did job background checks in the past, began doing them this year.

The information that indicates a rise in this information was further supported by the numbers just released by the FBI concerning the number of screenings done through their National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The NICS is used not only for certain employee background checks, it is also used for firearm purchase approval, which is also up over last year. Though many people think that the rise in background checks is due to the scandals of recent months at college campuses, where these types of checks came to light, the trend has actually been going on over the past 16 months.

There are many great reasons for your company or organization to perform employee background checks on your potential employees and volunteers. Many companies are also beginning to do these checks on current employees to make sure that they still are compliant with their initial screening standards. For a company, not doing these types of background screenings could potentially make them liable in the case of an incident of violence or crime comitted by any of their employees. Nowadays, when something happens where an employee is found a have been involved in a criminal act, and there is any media attention or coverage, one of the more frequently asked question is “Did they have a background check done before they were hired?”. Don't be surprised if the next question this year is "Did you ever reverify if they would still pass a criminal background check?" A definite "Yes" to such a question sounds much better than having to admit you didn't do a check.

To make this process easy for businesses, companies like backgroundchecks.com have made it extremely simple for businesses to streamline their employment processes and offer basic and comprehensive packages for pre-employment screening and criminal monitoring. Some of these corporate background checks can be even be done instantly.


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