Be Confident That Your Customer’s Personal Information Is Secure By Using A Background Check Company
I have spent the last week shopping for a new used car (yeah, I can’t afford a real new car so anything I buy is new for me). We went to back and forth between two-dealerships where we have made previous purchases. We started the loan paperwork at one of the two and got great news, we have good credit scores…HOORAY! They think we can afford nearly anything on their lot. Reality says they are crazy, I can’t afford those kinds of payments regardless of what my credit score says. Today we made a decision on a used minivan at the second dealership after doing some research on the vehicle we were interested in. We filled out financing paperwork again, paid a down payment and in a couple days go to pick up the new edition to our family. The process made me start thinking about something. I have provided my personal information to two different people and their co-workers in their respective finance offices. While I have dealt with both of the companies and these two particular salesmen, I really don’t know them nor do I know the office workers. I am taking a HUGE risk giving over my social security number, address, proper name, etc. to strangers. I feel reasonably secure about how the information will be handled but I can’t be completely certain my information won’t be stolen. I would feel better if I knew that the businesses conducted employee background checks on their sales associates and staff.
Employee Background Checks completed by professionals who have the proper research knowledge, contact information and experience with legal issues surrounding pre-employment screening and background checks can help businesses hire the right people. Do you need someone with a finance degree or licensing to work in the financing department of your company? A background check company can validate if your top candidate has the degree or certifications they have indicated they have on their job application. Does someone want to work for you in a position that will require handling confidential information? Perhaps you need to run criminal background checks on those applicants. You don’t want someone working for you that has been convicted of identity fraud or theft. There is a wide range of information a background check company can legally investigate for you that could turn up a hidden past an applicant is trying to keep from you.
The question may arise, “How can my business be held accountable if one of my employees chooses to steal a customer’s credit card information or Social Security Number?” The answer is that as the employer, you are held responsible for the actions of your employees in many circumstances when they harm someone in the course and scope of their employment. According to nolo.com regarding job related accidents or misconduct, “Under a legal doctrine sometimes referred to as “respondeat superior” (Latin for “Let the superior answer”), an employer is legally responsible for the actions of its employees.” If your employee has access to confidential information and they steal that information or use it for illegal activities, you could be potentially held responsible. What can you do to protect your business against the actions of a dishonest employee? Nolo’s website goes on to say, “Make it your business to run a routine background check before you hire an applicant.” This is exactly what a background check company does. It helps weed out bad apples before you bring them on board.
Don’t take your customers’ safety and security for granted. They trust you to protect their privacy and their financial information. You also need to protect your business from theft, fraud and lawsuits due to dishonest employee activity. Employee background checks are your first line of defense and will minimize the chances of security breaches.
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