When it comes to the hiring process of employees for your business, few things are as important as employment criminal background checks. Whether you’re running a background check on your employees to fall in line with the hiring laws of your state, or you just want to make sure you’re hiring someone safe, and honest…it’s important that you understand 3 important concepts before you go about the process.
I’m handing down the experience that I had to learn the hard with some of my recent employees. Please read closely and thoroughly so that you can make sure you don’t make the same mistakes I made during the hiring process that cost me a little over $400,000 within 2 months!
3 tips that will keep you from making the same mistakes I made:
Tip # 1 – When going about the hiring process for employees, MAKE SURE that you get a criminal background check on the employee (s) that you wish to hire, or wish to move on further in the hiring process. This might seen like a “duh” to most business owners and operators, however there are some very important catches here that you need to understand, or you might end up paying through your teeth for years to come.
First of all, most states require a criminal background check on all your employees for certain types of work that they will be doing. However, the similarities between a lot of states most of the time stop right there. This was thing that I very quickly realized as soon as I had attorneys coming to my door.
Most state business practice laws are rather different, and while one state might require one certain type of background check, another state might require a whole different set of information and different kinds of checks. For example, for some particular jobs that usually include lots of financial transactions, a credit check along with license checks are required.
The point here is to make sure that when you conduct a criminal background check, that you conduct the search with a service that’s specific with your state, so if your using an online service (which are much cheaper, and just as effective as 3rd parties) to check your new hires criminal record, make sure that the service isn’t just some nationwide records service, but SPECIFIC TO THE STATE your operating in.
Note: There is an added benefit by using an online free employment advice service that is specific to the laws of your state. When you use a more relevant service that is based around your states records, then you will almost always receive more in depth and highly relevant information.
Tip # 2 – Use an online records service, not a 3rd party, and do NOT just go down to the court house. This one mistake cost me a lot of money in the long run. You see, all criminal records are free and public information, however that does not mean that you as an individual will get quick and easy access to the information, and that you will be able to compile all the information yourself in a legal manner. This is the route I took, and by trying to save $20 bucks, I ended up losing almost half a million. I highly recommend that you DO NOT try to compile criminal background records on an individual by yourself by simply driving to the court house.
You’re a business owner, not a business legal attorney, don’t try and make business and criminal law one of your expertise, trust me on this one…spend the $20 or $30 for an online service that’s specific to your state, it will save you tons over time and protect your assets!