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Why Small Businesses Need a Background Screening Solution

Background checks from a reputable screening partner help you mitigate risk and remain compliant

A thorough background check gives your organization the information needed to make informed and confident hiring decisions. Especially with such a tight labor market right now, you know how important it is to hire the right people the first time. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average cost of a bad hire is up to 30% of the employee’s first-year earnings. Better screening can help you avoid a costly mistake. 

Screening helps mitigate risk by understanding criminal backgrounds but also validates the accuracy of other information provided on a resume or application. Implementing a consistent, proactive series of checks and balances prior to hiring helps show your customers and employees that you care about both safety and cultural fit.

Consider these reasons for implementing or upgrading a background screening program with a reputable, accredited partner. 

Reason 1: Reduce Risk

While you can’t prevent your business from every potential threat, you can improve the screening process by a review of accurate and consistent information found in a thorough background check. 

A background check and pre-employment screening will: 

  • Confirm the identity of a future employee 
  • Provide a thorough review of relevant criminal records or motor vehicle records
  • Verify key information provided on their resume regarding education, employment, and licensing
  • Check for use of illegal substances

Doing this type of due diligence pre-hire demonstrates you care about both safety and cultural fit. 

Reason 2: Ensure Compliance 

The legal complexity surrounding background checks continues to increase. Regulations are evolving on what a company can and can’t look for in a background check. Different industries and roles require specific screening parameters. In addition to navigating state, local, and federal governance, an accredited screening partner will: 

  • Guide you on the compliance requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other legislation
  • Share recommendations on authorization and disclosure forms
  • Provide updates on important topics like Salary Ban and Ban the Box

Key Takeaway

It is well worth the time and investment to confirm new employee details through a consistent, thorough screening process. Every new hire is a reflection of your brand and your customer promise. 

Disclaimer: This blog is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.

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What’s Screen Smart™? InCheck’s Screen Smart™ program streamlines background checks, verifications, and drug testing for small and medium businesses. We’ve designed and built our screening programs to cut through the clutter and deliver solutions that are right for your industry, your company, and the roles you're filling. Whether you’re an employer running a handful of background checks each year or a small business with hundreds of employees - we have a simple solution to get you started quickly. 

When you sign up for Screen Smart™ by InCheck, our experts walk you through the entire process - making sure that all of your i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. We’re committed to answering all of your questions in a timely manner. And we know we’re a direct reflection of your company, so we focus on providing the most positive candidate experience for your talent prospect. 


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