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Failing to conduct pre-employment background checks can be risky

Jul 16, 2012 Philip Burgess

Any time an individual applies for a new position, whether it is part-time, full-time or volunteer, it is imperative for businesses to conduct thorough pre-employment screenings in order to determine if the applicant has a criminal background. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, the city of Richmond, Virginia, recently landed itself in hot water after an audit revealed that the background screening process for over 1,000 recreation program volunteers was not consistent. A sample of 30 volunteers found that 14 individuals had not been pre-screened, which is a violation of city policy. Out of that sample, three people were found to be ineligible to serve as program volunteers, as they had been convicted of crimes such as drug possession, probation violation and assault, says the news source. The Richmond recreation programs are run by the Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department, and director Norman Merrifield said changes will be made to establish solid background screenings. "We do have to depend on our volunteers more and more, and I guarantee we're going to have them background-checked," Merrifield said. Pre-employment screening services, such as the product that Microbilt offers, can aid businesses in their recruiting and hiring processes. The company's tools can check criminal backgrounds as well as drivers records and education verifications. This is especially important for short term lending companies as lenders want to ensure the validity of a borrower, to ensure they will be repaid.