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To Background Check or Not To Background Check:  Not A Simple Question


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To Background Check or Not To Background Check: Not A Simple Question

A core principle of background screening is risk management or, at a minimum, preventing or decreasing risk. Risk comes in many forms and people don't always take into consideration the amount of potential risk that exists in the world today. Background screening including criminal background checks, as used as a risk management tool, is prevalent in pre-employment screening, but there are other areas background screening could prove helpful.

Contractors

With the holidays at an end and spring fast approaching some people will seek out contractors to provide home repair or restoration. Many of these contractors will be in the home while the owner is absent, either at work or in an attempt to stay out of the way. While a majority of contractors are trustworthy and responsible both to the work and the homeowner, some are not. It certainly behooves the home owner to receive a background check on the contractor and sub-contractors working in the home.

Further, contractors also work in the commercial sector and within the schools. Risk may be substantially reduced with contractors working in a commercial setting but the same may not be true in schools.

In New Orleans a man with prior arrests, including first-degree murder, worked as a janitor in a local school district.

An article posted December 10, 2012 on www.wwltv.com states:

State law requires many people who work around children to have the more extensive background checks. Whether that applies to janitors or other outside contractors is unclear. http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/janitorsbackgroundcheckfailedtorevealmurderarrest-182895971.html

Whether contractors work in the home, at the office, or near and around children, they should be background checked thoroughly.

Volunteers

Volunteers provide a valuable service in a wide number of industries. They work in churches, care homes, and with children during after-school sports and other activities. While many of these individuals are vetting through a background screening process, background checks on volunteers is not always thought of as a necessary step and is not a consistent process. A core principle of risk management is protecting those "at-risk." The "at-risk" population includes children, elderly, and mentally challenged or disabled people, among others. Any volunteer that comes into contact with an "at-risk" individual should be thoroughly background checked.

The lack of consistency in background checking volunteers working with "at-risk" populations is highlighted in a recent article posted to The Gazette's (Eastern Iowa) website:

Eastern Iowa school districts regularly rely on volunteers to support teachers, facilitate events and aid students, yet there is no statewide licensure or statute when it comes to procedures for vetting volunteers. http://thegazette.com/2012/12/19/volunteer-checks-not-consistent-in-e-iowa-schools/

Contractors and volunteers are just two examples of where background checking often proves valuable but may not always be conducted on a consistent basis.

CriminalBackgroundRecords.com provides background screening for contractors and volunteers. Their service is fast, secure, and affordable. Whether a home owner requires background screening for a contractor or an organization requires background checks for their volunteers, CriminalBackgroundRecords.com can provide the reports, data, and information required to improve risk management and assist in providing safe environments.

CriminalBackgroundRecords.com can help set up the perfect background screening package for organizations, businesses, and companies, large and small located in the United States.  

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