Michael Jackson's doctor didn't get a background check

By Michael Klazema on 5/22/2013

New information from the Michael Jackson lawsuit against AEG Live shows that no criminal or financial background check was carried out on doctor Murray as people disagreed about his employment status. Such discrepancies between regular employees and other person working at company locations is not uncommon. But it highlights a growing concern that in an economy with more part-time and flexible workers, contractors and 3rd party personnel providing services previously carried out by regular employees, consistent application of hiring and screening standards requires extra attention and effort.

In this case it appears as if no one felt responsible to ensure enforcement of common criminal background check standards regardless of employment status. Had AEG had a non-employee credentialling policy it might have been clearer if and when certain hiring standards should have been applied. Other companies have taken steps to ensure that contractors, vendors and non employees undergo a screening by mandating specialized programs for this category of non employees. At a minimum this includes a national criminal background check, like the one that offfers with their multiple jurisdiction search as part of their US OneSEARCH product. That could have returned public criminal records, including convictions, regardless if the incident took place in California or a neighboring state.

As part of supporting comprehensive screening practices, has developed a VendorSAFE program for such non employees, that sponsoring companies can offer free of charge. The sponsor company has access to compliance management reporting, which helps them keep track of the vendors or contractors who have achieved compliance with their standards and those who did not. More information about this program can be found at VendorSAFE's dedicated website.


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