Employee criminal record checking may seem a bit extreme, especially to those who have a spotless criminal record, but in some instances it is essential. The majority of us have heard some horror story about an employee turning violent or stealing or worse, and as a result background checks on possible employees and even current employees is becoming vital. More and more businesses, organisations, and even households are falling victim to illegal activity and criminal acts which negatively affect their reputations and operations, as well as their peace of mind. Therefore doing a search on an employee’s criminal record and obtaining clearance before hiring them has become an important aspect in the workplace.
Organisations that specialise in employee criminal record checking, have stated that doing a background check on an employee is essential to ensuring a safe workplace for other staff as well as for those individuals hiring domestic workers. The reason being that it has been shown that many people that have a criminal record, are repeat offenders and their offences range from assault, to theft and most common of all are traffic road offences. These organisations also warn against using the Internet as a free way to investigate and search for possible infringements as some information may not be available. Therefore, these organisations have specialised techniques that scan criminal databases in order to provide clearance on a job applicant. However, such organisations charge a fee and for all those individuals who are looking to hire a staff member (especially private employment such as domestic workers) but cannot afford this fee, there are other routes that they can take such as getting the applicants identity number and going to the nearest police station who will do the check for you.
There are so many tools at the disposal of any company recruiting staff, and the statistical evidence is overwhelming that these checks are not done in vain but do in fact reduce the risk of companies who screen. This becomes even more important when hiring staff who will work from your home, look after your children and who may have the potential to cause serious harm to you or your loved ones. Conducting a free search of someone’s criminal record is not advised by experts but rather you should let professionals investigate for you as they have access to databases and information to make sure that you will be safe. It cannot therefore be stressed enough that it has become vital to conduct employee criminal record checks.