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January 2008 Vol. 8, No. 1
Here are ten (10) trends in hiring and employment screening that ESR is tracking in 2008.
For more information, contact Jared Callahan of ESR at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-999-4474, Ext. 240
According to news reports on January 18, 2008, a Los Angeles jury awarded a $12 million verdict against an apartment owner that hired a maintenance man without a background check who then raped and murdered a 30-year-old tenant. The maintenance man was a convicted felon and registered sex offender who was given keys and access to all apartments in the complex.
The wrongful death case, brought by the victim’s family, alleged that the maintenance man was the perpetrator, and that a background check would have revealed his criminal past.
The verdict underscores again the value of background checks in protecting human life. For a minimal cost, the apartment owners could have easily discovered the criminal record before handing a registered sex offender the keys that allowed access to evey apartment and putting numerous people at risk. By failing to exercise due diligence in hiring, employers open themselves up to this type of negligent hiring lawsuit.
In addition, even businesses that only hire occasionally have easy access to background checks. ESR for example has a small business division, where a small employer can go online and use their credit card for a background check in a very user-friendly system. See: http://www.esrcheck.com/smallbizdivision.php
In this type of case, the duty to conduct a background check was especially critical because of the potential and foreseeable risk to human life if the keys to every apartment were given to the wrong person. See the next article of this newsletter for a discussion of risk and the increased need to conduct due diligence in hiring. http://www.mercurynews.com:80/breakingnews/ci_8012071
The following excerpt from the “Safe Hiring Manual” discusses the duty of care in more detail:
The injured party must show there is some connection or relationship between itself and the employer, so the employer owes a duty of care. This can occur in numerous situations, such as a co-worker on the job, a member of the public in a location where customers are expected to have contact with employees, tenants in an apartment building injured by a maintenance worker, and other situations where the victim and the dangerous employee are expected to come into contact. In other words, an employer breaches a duty of care if it creates a situation where a third party is expected to be brought into contact with the employee who causes the injury, under conditions for which there is an opportunity for an injury to occur. It does not matter that the particular injury was foreseeable, just that any injury was foreseeable.
Certain employers have a higher duty of care because of the unique situations of the job. An employer’s duty of care will increase with the degree of risk involved with the position For example, consider the nature of the authority and position of trust a security guard holds. Many courts impose an even higher standard of care on a security guard business than other types of employers since there is a greater likelihood of harm to third parties. Welsh Mfg., Div. of Textron, Inc. v. Pinkerton’s, Inc., 474 A.2d 436 (R.I. 1984). In other words, when the job enables a person to act under some color of authority, a greater risk is involved because a person can potentially abuse that authority.
Similarly, courts have held employers who send workers into people’s homes to a higher standard. This is on the theory that when an employer hires an employee who is given a unique opportunity to commit a crime, the employer has a higher duty of care. Examples are firms that clean carpets, deliver or fix appliances, or perform pest control services in a home. An example is a homeowner who brought suit against the exterminating service she hired when one of its employees raped her in her home. Smith v. Orkin Exterminating Co., Inc., 540 So.2d 363 (La.App. 1st Cir. 1989).
Other examples of higher duties of care can be medical professionals, home health care agencies or childcare workers that serve a vulnerable population particularly at risk. Another example is a worker hired in a call center who has access to sensitive financial information such as credit card numbers, or personal information such as SSN’s.
For more information about the Safe Hiring Manual, visit http://esrcheck.com/SafeHiringManual.php
ESR 2008 Schedule
February 7, 2008 IPMA HR audio conference--"Avoid Negligent Hiring--New Developments, Best Practices and Legal Compliance." Details to follow
February 28, 2007 Silicon Valley, CA "Using the Internet and Social Networking Sites to Find and Screen Applicants" Santa Clara County Employer Advisory Group, Biltmore hotel, Santa Clara, CA
March 6, 2008 Kennedy Information National Audio Conference--"Background Checks and Recruiting -- Avoiding Negligent Hiring." Details to follow
March 26, 2008 Los Angeles, CA "Pre-employment Screening: Best Practices and Legal Compliance" HR STAR Conference
April 3, 2008 San Francisco, CA "Pre-Employment Screening and Background Checks" San Francisco Employer Advisory Council (EAC)
May 15, 2007 Las Vegas, NV "Using the Internet and Social Networking Sites to Find and Screen Applicants" Kennedy Information's Recruiting 2008 Conference and Expo, Las Vegas Hilton
June 5, 2008 Cooperstown, NY "Cutting Edge Issues and Best Practices in Background Checks and Employment Screening for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations" Symposium sponsored by the Health Association of New York State (HANYS)
June 23/25, 2008 Chicago, Il "Negligent Hiring Mock Trial" and "Caution! Using the Internet and Social Networking Sites to Screen Applicants". SHRM 60th Annual National Conference and Exposition.
July 16, 2008 San Francisco, CA "Pre-employment Screening: Best Practices and Legal Compliance" HR STAR Conference
July 18, 2008 Stockton, CA "Pre-Employment Screening and Background Checks" Stockton Employer Advisory Council (EAC), Stockton, CA
August 28/29 2008 New Delhi, India "International Background Screening: Best Practices in the US and in India and the Pacific Rim." The Second Annual International Pre-employment Screening Conference, The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, India
Contact ESR for further details. The ESR 2008 Speaking schedule will be available shortly.
ESR is pleased to announce new services that are available to US employers:
ESR announces that the Safe Hiring Certification Training is now available in four separate mini-courses, in addition to the intensive 30 Hour course. The smaller course allows participants to focus in on just those areas of immediate interest and need. This is the first and only online educational and professional development course designed for employers, human resources and security professionals, and anyone responsible for risk management and due diligence in hiring.
The Safe Hiring Certification Training is a self-paced, on-line course that can be accessed at any time from anywhere, including at work.
Features of this course include:
Through this course, participants will obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to implement and manage a legal and effective safe hiring program, including employment screening background checks. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, marking a significant professional accomplishment. The $395 course is offered at no charge to ESR clients.
The course is available at http://esr.coursehost.com
More information is available at: http://www.esrcheck.com/ESRonlineSafeHiringCourse.php
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Rated Top Background Screening Firm in First Independent Industry Study. See the Press Release
Please feel free to contact Jared Callahan at ESR at 415-898-0044 or email@example.com if you have any questions or comments about the matters in this newsletter. Please note that ESR's statements about any legal matters are not given or intended as legal advice.
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