Conducting Background Checks for Existing Employees

Pre-employment background checks are a common practice (and always a good idea), ranging from verifying education, accreditations and licenses, and other credentials to discovering an applicant’s criminal history. But what about conducting background checks for existing employees?

As long as written permission is obtained per federal law, and it is a disclosed and equitable policy conducted across the board, companies have the right to screen both new and current workers. In many cases, ongoing background checks for existing employees can protect your business from potential risks and continue to ensure a safe and comfortable work environment for all employees.

If you are still wondering if you should be conducting background checks for your existing employees, here are a few important things to consider.

Criminal Red Flags

A monthly, semiannual, or annual search for any changes to the criminal background of current employees, including comprehensive county and statewide screenings, multi-state screenings (including the sex offender database), and federal criminal screenings, keeps you informed of potential red flags that may arise (and that you should be aware of) as time passes.

New and Improved Insight

The people you employ are a direct reflection of your company and thus a reflection of you, and sometimes, it can be hard to spot problematic attitudes and behavior until it’s too late. New civil cases and judgements can result in fines and even jail time, and they can say a lot about a person’s character and conduct both inside and outside of the office.

The Shifting State of Drug Testing

The state of drug testing seems to shift each year, and there are changing practices and developing concerns in 2024, including microdosing and the rising use of psychedelics, and new laws excluding THC (marijuana) as a hiring and terminating factor. To stay up-to-date, annual drug testing for existing employees is advised, or more often, depending on the job requirements.

There are certain cases where ongoing background checks for existing employees are necessary and/or required for safety reasons, such as regular MVR Searches for anyone required to drive either a personal or company vehicle as part of their job duties and DOT random drug and alcohol testing for commercial drivers. It’s also important to note that conducting background checks for existing employees is especially important for promotions where the job requirements are different from the original hired position.

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Kristina Taylor
In 1989, Kristina began her career as a customer service representative at the newly formed American Tenant Screen, Inc. Ten years later, she pioneered tenant background screening on the Internet. As a long-standing member of the National Multifamily Resident Information Council (formerly the National Association of Screening Agencies) Kristina gains insight into the trends of the tenant screening industry to better understand the current and future needs of their clients.

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