Employers Taking a Harder Line with Employee Screening

May 22, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - New hires seem to be setting off more alerts in terms of their backgrounds' checking out with their new employer, according to Kroll's annual Hit Radio report and Industry Analysis.

The survey showed an increase in criminal record hits from 8.5% last year to 9.1% and discrepancies in past employment verifications, from 36.5% to 49.4%, and education verifications, from 14.1% to 21.6%.

The greatest number of criminal record red flags in each of the eight areas tested by Kroll were:

  • Criminal Records
  • DMV Information
  • Social Security Number Trace
  • Drug Testing
  • Credit History
  • Employment Verification
  • Workers’ Compensation History

Barry Nadell, a senior vice president of Kroll s Background Screening division and author of the report, said that background checks dig deeper today than they used to and the data is more complete; managers are not the only ones being screened anymore; smaller companies have begun screening; and the methodology for screening employees has become more sophisdicated.

For a copy of the full Kroll report visit http://www.kroll.com/about/library/hit_ratio .