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Will the Mall Santa Pass His Background Check

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Will the Mall Santa Pass His Background Check?

As the chill of autumn begins to drift across the country winter fast approaches. Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving is only weeks away, and then comes Christmas.

Every year millions of people venture off to malls and shopping centers in a mad search for the perfect gift. Amidst the tinsel and lights, endless rows of holiday fare, sits Santa Claus.

Perched high on his stack of toys or atop his sleigh, Santa awaits each child to request, with mix of trepidation and excitement, that certain gift they simply must have placed under the tree to be discovered on Christmas morning. Santa will smile and laugh; a helper will take a picture for mom and/or dad, and off the child goes as Santa awaits his next visitor.

But did Santa pass his background check?

In early to mid-October of every year thousands of men from all walks of life, in every shape and size, will apply to portray Santa Claus. At the mall, at charity events, at retirement homes and hospitals, Santa Claus' will bring joy and cheer.

For most portraying Santa Claus is a paid role, one that can be part-time or full-time, but an employed role nonetheless. As with any employee Santa Claus needs to pass a background check, one as vigorous and thorough as those given to standard part-time and full-time employees.

Santa Claus works with at-risk populations, specifically children but other populations as well such as the elderly or disabled. Protection of those individuals is paramount year round, but especially during the holidays.

A background check for Santa Claus is relatively simple and inexpensive. Regardless if the portrayal is paid or volunteer, the background check should be the same. Typical public records reviewed are:

Social Security Number Trace: Provides verification of key information provided on an employment application, as well as verify recent county of residence.

County Criminal Records Check: Often the most current and accurate source of criminal records information, a county criminal records check provides data on recent convictions.

Motor Vehicle Records: A valuable report if Santa Claus is traveling by car while working as an employee. Sleigh driving records are currently not available.

Employment Verification: Records from the North Pole are difficult to obtain but most positions held in the United States can be verified.

State and Federal Sex Offender Registry: While distasteful to consider, checking a Sex Offender Registry should be mandatory for any individual that will be in contact with at-risk populations.

Certainly the goal of any employer is to manage risk during the hiring process. Protecting assets, reputation, current employees and the public are critical to a company. One bad Santa could certainly ruin the holidays for all. Every mall Santa should be thoroughly background checked.

From the smallest business to the largest corporation, has the ability to provide the data required in a compliant, secure and affordable manner.

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