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No matter the industry, the need for background screenings is very real. Screening potential employees is imperative to the success of a company and promoting a healthy work environment. In fact, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), nearly seven out of ten employers conduct some type of pre-employment screening. However, simply screening an employee before starting work shouldn’t be the end of an organization’s responsibility. An employer has a right to ensure that all employees continually represent their company as a steward of their brand by enacting an annual screening program.

Annual screening, often also referred to as Periodic Screening, is a repeat background check which can be triggered by an event like a promotion or an annual date and is quickly growing in necessity for employers who want to continue to mitigate business risk.  While periodic screening has been a federal, state or company requirement for certain industries like the transportation industry for years, many different industries are recognizing the value of a post-hire annual screening program.  Increasingly, companies are creating policies to include annual background screenings on employees since it is possible that new hires could commit some type of crime or infraction within their tenure with an organization. Help prevent workplace violence, employment fraud and other potential employment disasters by enacting a program dedicated to avoiding risk with annual screening.

Doing whatever you can to mitigate business risk is imperative in the present day as it seems that workplace violence is on the rise. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration within the US Department of Labor, up to 5% of American workplaces experience a workplace violence episode annually impacting nearly 355,000 businesses. Furthermore, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that workplace violence is the second leading cause of workplace death in the US. And it’s not just violence that an employer must take precautions against; employee fraud is also a factor to consider. According to the FBI, employee theft is the fastest growing crime in America and approximately 55% of perpetrators of employee theft are managers (as reported by the American Society of Employers). Additionally, 30% of all business failures are caused by employee theft reports the American Management Association and US Chamber of Commerce. Based on these record numbers of cases, an employer should be doing everything in its power to ensure they are protecting themselves against these risks.

Did you know that your annual screening program can be made even easier on your end? Crimcheck.com offers an annual screening program that is completely automated. You set the date and your reports will be automatically generated, ordered and delivered to you in the time frame that you require, with no additional attention necessary on your part. Plus, by using Crimcheck.com you can have a peace of mind knowing that your background checks are always compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and will not discriminate against individuals based on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the American Disabilities Act. Crimcheck.com evens allows clients to create and customize their own packages for specific audits, promotions or other post-hire purposes, usually with a reduced cost.

Take your periodic screening program one step further by trusting Crimcheck.com to facilitate your periodic and random drug testing program as well. Crimcheck.com can design and manage a custom drug testing program to help protect you from the damage of employee drug use. The US Department of Labor reports that drug use in the workplace costs employers over $100 billion annually which can include costs from lost time, workplace accidents, health care and worker’s compensation claims. Not to mention the strong correlation between substance abuse and crime, violence and theft. Plus it is estimated that 70% of the estimated 14.8 million Americans who use illegal drugs are employed (The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.). Instituting a drug screening program at your organization can not only help improve business results, but it cultivates a healthier, more productive work force. Crimcheck.com partners with professional testing labs and medical review personnel nationally. Our network of OSHA, ODOT and NIDA compliant drug and alcohol testing facilities can screen both DOT-regulated and non-federal workplace employees. Crimcheck.com makes it feasible and easy for employers to conduct drug testing.

Companies understand the importance and need for an annual screening program in order to continue in success and decrease opportunity for business risk.