More and More Companies Re-Screen Current Employees

As an HR Manager or business owner, you want to feel that you have made the best decision when it comes to adding members to your team. You have ran the initial background check and properly vetted your job candidate.  You hire.  You think all is well…

But that’s not always the case, even after an initial background check.  According to a recent study; 47 percent of employers re-screen current employees annually.  Sometimes a good hire can turn into a mistake quickly, so staying proactive is the key to preventing potential problems down the road.

Annual re-screening and monthly monitoring of current employees is a rising trend in HR and in fact, quickly becoming a necessity.  

MBI Worldwide had a substantial increase in 2015 in current customers that chose to re-screen current employees.

Two situations when re-screening is highly recommended: 

    Promotion of current employee adding to job description and responsibilities. The background screening that was done at the time of hire may not be inclusive enough for the new role the employee is taking. For example, an employee credit report may be necessary if the employee is dealing with more financial aspects within the company.  Also keep in mind any side dealings the employee may be involved with that could cause conflicts of interest within your organization.
    DUI’s are another problem that we come across.  A current employee that has access to a company vehicle should have an annual motor vehicle report ran.   Even if the citation was not on company time, that conviction will have an impact on insurance rates. That employee could use personal time away from work and not notify a supervisor of the legal troubles. Re-screenings can protect you from any associated headaches.

We all understand our current system of courts.  Rarely do convicted offenders actually get jail or prison time.  Most offenders receive Court Supervision or Probation.  In these cases, you, as an employer will never know John Doe employee was arrested on the weekend for Assault, theft or sexual misconduct and convicted 4 months later; then given probation.   Depending on your industry specific organization or level of contact that this employee has with customers, you will need to know this information immediately.

Before making any big moves within the company, make sure you are crossing all t’s and dotting all i’s with annual screenings of each current employee. This will save time and money in the long run and prevent you from continuing to invest in the wrong team member within your organization.

The latest and greatest form of due diligence is monthly monitoring.  For less than $2.00 a month, you will be able to get real time arrests the next day if a member of your team is arrested.  This information comes from the booking records from thousands of law enforcement agencies around the country.

You just have to decide what is best for your company, for your team and for your customers.

Let MBI Worldwide conduct your next employee re-screening or your monthly monitoring. Call us at (866) 275-4624 to learn more about the process. Our compliance experts will help you figure out which re-screening package best fits your organization. For additional information, please check out our services online.


A veteran employment screening and risk management professional, Brian D. Chapman is the CEO at MBI Worldwide, a global employment screening company.  Chapman received a degree in Criminal Justice from John A. Logan College.  Mr. Chapman is a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and is Chair and Board Member on the Background Screener’s Credentialing Council of NAPBS.  He is an author and expert witness in the employment background check circuit.  Chapman is a frequent keynote speaker on topics and of EEOC Compliance, Adverse Action and Employment Screening Best Practices.


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