Protecting Your Investment:  Does Your Organization Perform Employee Monitoring or Annual Employment Background Screening?

If it was important for you to know the job candidate’s criminal and driving history in the beginning, why isn’t it important to know now?

While most companies in the United States perform employment background screening at the hiring stage, two new rising trends in the employment background screening industry are “Employee Monitoring” and “Annual Employment Background Screening”.

According to a recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) article, the new background screening normal may be a continuous, post-hiring monitoring policy of employees criminal and driving activity, which will alert HR to any potential threats and/or risks from current staff.

Whether your employee has been with your company for three days, or three years, the risk of criminal behavior actually can increase from the hire date.  An arrest, a lawsuit or fraudulent financial behavior are all indicators of high risk internal employee theft and dishonesty.

Employee Monitoring:  How Does MBI Do It?

MBI Worldwide accesses real-time offender databases that covers 70% of the United States incarcerated population and conviction data, identifying and reporting only FCRA compliant records.  Our system, iScreenSMART, will notify you when an employee has been convicted of crimes that could put your workplace at risk, such as DUI’s, theft and assaults.

Employee Monitoring can help protect your organization against:

  • Workplace Violence
  • Employee Theft
  • Fraudulent Behavior
  • Sexual Offenses
  • Negligent retention litigation

Annual Employment Background Screening:  How Does MBI Do It?

MBI Worldwide partners with you to create a discounted package that will cover critical offenses related to your specific work environment, including driving records and criminal offenses.  MBI accesses real-time national databases accessing records in 70% of the U.S.  We then independently review each record and, if necessary, send off for further research that includes all 3,142 U.S. Counties, and state and federal level repositories, reporting only FCRA compliant records.

Annual Employment Background Screening can help protect your organization against:

  • Workplace Violence
  • Employee Theft
  • Fraudulent Behavior
  • Sexual Offenses
  • Negligent retention litigation
  • Revoked Driving Status

If your organization decides to take the next step and implement an Employee Monitoring or Annual Employment Background Screening policy, employers need to consider these important factors:

  • Consent Forms: Is the employee fully aware that monitoring and/or annuals are conducted?  Ensure that your consent forms are updated to reflect this new verbiage appropriately.
  • Compliance:  Is your background screening practices in full compliance regarding proper use of employment background checks (including Annual Employment Background Checks and Employee Monitoring) and are you acting in full compliance with both FCRA and EEOC regulation?
  • Policy & Procedures:  Does your company currently have a policy and procedure regarding Employee Monitoring and Annual Employment Background Screening?
  • Database Factors:  Know what you’re actually getting in your background check!  If you are only conducting a database search for Employee Monitoring and Annuals, be aware that checking county, state and federal sources are much more accurate when it comes to criminal data.  If you are only ordering one county, be aware that if the employee crossed into another county and committed an offense, that offense could potentially not be reported.

Annual Employment Background Screening and Employee Monitoring is a movement that more and more organizations are considering as being a critical, post-hire, due diligence investment.  If you’re interested in learning more about employee monitoring or annual employment background screening, contact MBI Worldwide by visiting or calling 866-275-4624.

About MBI Worldwide
MBI Worldwide is a NAPBS accredited and SOC 2 certified consumer reporting agency offering compliant employment background screening services with high-tough customer service, report accuracy and protection of applicant rights.  MBI Worldwide is a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and is one of only one hundred consumer reporting agencies accredited by the association’s rigorous onsite audit of policies and procedures across six critical areas: legal compliance, consumer protection, client education, product standards, service standards and general business practices.

For more information about MBI Worldwide or to schedule a complimentary software and ordering demonstration, visit the company’s website at or call 866-275-4624.

“Good Screening is SMART Business”®

Kandi Chapman is President and Founder of MBI Worldwide Background Checks, a NAPBS accredited, HRO Today Baker’s Dozen, global employment background screening company.  She writes articles related to employee background screening, as well as entrepreneurship, human resources and company culture. To request Kandi as a speaker, contact her through MBI Worldwide at

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