What Happens When Employment Pre-Dates Background Checks?

It happened recently in New London, Wisconsin.  A school bus driver was charged with sexually assaulting the kids on his bus.  He had slipped through the cracks because he was hired before the company for whom he worked was expected to perform background checks on all drivers. 

Yep, he’d been employed for 33 years without a background check.  Ouch.


You bet. 

And it’s something that occurs more frequently than a lot of people would expect.

There are numerous companies that have background checks in place now that didn’t when some of their workers were originally brought on as a part of the team.  Thus, even a seemingly secure organization could be hiding a felon or sexual offender.

This is why it’s critical for companies who implement background checking on new hires to continue making this retroactive, if possible. 

Will there be a lot of irritation among personnel?  Certainly. 

But if the workplace is made safer, it’s worth it.

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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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