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As with any big business, small businesses need to make sure that their business and their reputation is protected. Hiring a right candidate for the job is very crucial for small businesses. Even a single wrong hire can be devastating. It can hinder productivity, reduce team morale and can also impact customer relations.

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Performing small business employee background checks

Performing Small Business Employee Background Checks


Performing small business employee background checks

As with any big business, small businesses need to make sure that their business and their reputation is protected. Hiring a right candidate for the job is very crucial for small businesses. Even a single wrong hire can be devastating. It can hinder productivity, reduce team morale and can also impact customer relations.


Performing small business employee background checks

Small businesses cannot bear the consequences of hiring a wrong candidate – someone who is under-qualified or bad cultural fit or dishonest or someone who has criminal background. It’s better safe than to be sorry while hiring new people. So they need to make sure upfront that the candidate they are hiring is perfect.


Performing small business employee background checks

Importance of background checks

One of the best methods to ensure that you hire a quality candidate is to perform background checks. It provides insight into a candidate’s behavior, character, and integrity. Pre-employment background checks enable business owners make informed decisions about the person they are hiring for their company. They can be more objective in evaluating a candidate’s eligibility. Also, pre-employment background check saves money in the long-run as it makes sure that only the eligible candidates are hired.


Performing small business employee background checks

Many of the small businesses today are conducting background checks as part of their hiring process. According to a report by HireRight released in 2015, almost 75% of all small businesses are now conducting background checks on potential employees.


Performing small business employee background checks

Considerations in background checks

There are many things a small business owner can check in a background screening to understand the profile of their potential employee. However, not all of them are required for every small business. Here are some common things you should consider in a background screening - credit reports, drug tests, past and present employment details, criminal records, and driving records, workers compensation reports, etc. If the job role requires, you may also check sex offender records.


Performing small business employee background checks

Legal considerations

Though you can run a complete background check on a potential candidate, you should focus only on the checks that are required for the job at hand. You need to make sure that you are staying within the law.


Performing small business employee background checks

The federal laws protect applicants from discrimination based on age, sex, color, race, national origin, genetic information and disability.

In addition to that, you need to comply with Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) while running background checks. As per FCRA law, you need to give reasons for declining the employment to a candidate, notify the candidate that the information is being obtained and protect the information collected.


Performing small business employee background checks

Also, you need to review the local state and municipality laws that regulate the use of the information for employment purposes.

While conducting professional background checks for employment is necessary and quite valuable, you need to make sure that you are doing it thorough and as per law. It is always a better hire background checking service that can help you in this regard.


Performing small business employee background checks

Apollo Payroll is one of the premier small business payroll services companies in Miami and Coral Gables. Apollo Payroll is dedicated to delivering expert advice, responsive service, and highly accurate payroll processing and reporting. Their services include comprehensive online payroll services, employee background check and employee timekeeping services.


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