Most employers do background checks on potential new hires, but what about ongoing criminal-record monitoring?
Such monitoring of existing employees and contractors enables companies to better protect their workplaces, relationships and brand from risk. This innovative tool alerts employers whenever an employee’s or contractor’s criminal-record status changes after he or she begins working for the employer—giving employers the opportunity to initiate intervention or adverse action without waiting for a periodically scheduled rescreen. Criminal-record monitoring has become a necessity for many businesses, especially given the potential negative impact of an employee’s unlawful activities on other employees, customer satisfaction and job performance.
In her blog post What are Your Employees Doing in Their Spare Time? First Advantage’s VP of service solutions, Meredeth Bradford, writes, “Most employers today in the U.S. conduct a background check on a candidate prior to employment. And that report of the individual you hired is a snapshot of that person’s history at the point in time—but things can change over time. Employees who previously had no criminal history may now have a criminal record over the passage of time in which they are your employee.”
By receiving criminal-record information in nearly real time, employers are able to act quickly and proactively manage risk. Criminal-record monitoring is ideally suited for positions that require an additional level of trust or certification, particularly in the health care, education and financial services industries. It is also relevant to transportation and fleet services, as it alerts an employer to any motor vehicle violations.
How is your organization protecting your workplace, relationships and brand from risk?
Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 19, for #Nextchat with special guest Meredeth Bradford (@MeredethCB). We’ll chat about how employers can proactively monitor their workforce to create safety and security for all.
Q1. As an employer, what conversations are you having, if any, regarding the Criminal Records Watch product that provides continuous updates in nearly real time of your current employees’ criminal-record information?
Q2. What types of criminal-record information of current employees could most negatively impact an employer or corporate brand?
Q3. What types of criminal-record information of current employees can impact their co-workers’ sense of safety and security?
Q4. Is your company using the Criminal Records Watch product to monitor its own employees? Why or why not?
Q5. What does your HR team like best about the Criminal Records Watch platform?
Q6. What are the advantages of having a criminal-record-watch platform in place that updates in nearly real time?
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