While some employers might think that a do-it-yourself method of performing background checks is faster or more cost effective, in reality it is much safer to employ a private investigator while screening potential employees. Rather than going to a courthouse and looking up records yourself, here are a few reasons to consider hiring a private investigator to do the work instead.
Legal requirements are always changing. The rules surrounding how to conduct background checks are constantly changing and evolving. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) offers guidance on how employers can legally gather criminal records and other personal information. Employers who collect inaccurate or illegal information and disqualify applicants on the basis of this information can be subject to legal consequences. Accredited background check agencies keep up to date on legal matters, and can help you avoid these problems.