SOURCE: Data Facts, Inc.

July 20, 2015 03:00 ET

Litigation Avoidance: Four Ways a Background Screening Policy Helps

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - July 20, 2015) - Negligent hiring lawsuits are on the rise, and it pays employers to take precautions to minimize the risk of being one of the long line of companies that must defend themselves against litigation. A thorough background screening policy is a must for compliant employment screening processes.

According to Data Facts, here are four ways your background screening policy helps with litigation avoidance:

#1: Covers your decisions. Thorough background checks provide a basis of proof for your hiring decisions. In cases of negligent hiring, an employer can use his or her findings as valid evidence in why the person was or was not hired.

#2: Offers transparency. The hiring process can come under fire when it seems it is unfair to minorities or other parties. A solid background screening policy shows from beginning to end why a person was a fit, or why they were not, for the position based on their background. Without proof, it is simply the employer's word against the plaintiff's.

#3: Maintains fairness and consistency. Hiring decisions should be fair to all candidates. Creating a written policy that encompasses the entire hiring process stands a better chance of litigation avoidance than an inconsistent process.

#4: Protects your reputation. Negligent hiring lawsuits often sully a company's reputation, and it can take years to recover. A background screening policy, conducted thoroughly but fairly, produces the safe hiring choice, thus reducing the risk of being named in a lawsuit.

About Data Facts, Inc

Since 1989, Data Facts, Inc. has provided clients with background screening information they trust and rely on to reach sound hiring decisions. Headquartered in Cordova, TN, the company maintains a national footprint, services clients nationally and internationally, and specializes in customized background screening solutions for a multitude of industries. Their dedication to operational excellence, advanced Applicant Tracking System integrations, and a U.S. based support team has solidified them as an industry leader for over 25 years.Data Facts was named "Top Workplaces of 2014" by The Commercial Appeal. Data Facts also participates in many local and national non-profit organizations and offers a “Data Facts Gives Back” program, which donates a portion of all new clients' billing to the charity of their choice. Data Facts is an NAPBS accredited company and has attained their SOC 1 and SOC 2 certification. For more information, please contact Data Facts, Inc at 901-685-7599, or by email.

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