Unregistered Sex Offender Who Worked at Small Business Shows Why Small Businesses Should Conduct Background Checks

In a story that shows why background checks are needed for small businesses, WCCO-TV CBS Channel 4 in Minneapolis, MN reports that a sex offender who worked for a small business in Minnesota that provided bouncy houses and other fun inflatables at birthday parties and graduations was recently arrested for failing to register as a sex offender.  WCCO-TV reports that the arrest that caught the owner of the small business, who was unaware that the employee was convicted of a sex crime in 1995, off guard. The WCCO-TV story is available here: ‘Sex Offender Case Highlights Need for Background Checks.’

According to WCCO-TV, the arrest of the employee as an unregistered sex offender “came as a complete shock” to the small business owner, and the employee in question was terminated and is now in jail. The owner said that when he asked the man about his background when he was hired, the man said nothing about his criminal history. However, WCCO-TV reports that the Anoka (MN) County Sheriff’s Department said the former employee had an extensive criminal history and had previously violated conditions of his release by failing to register as a sex offender. He now faces possible charges and more jail time.

WCCO-TV reports the owner said the unregistered sex offender worked around the warehouse and was “not in any public function at all” and “was never around kids.” The owner admitted that the company previously did not perform extensive background checks “the majority of the time” on the company’s 20 employees. However, the owner, who is now spreading the word to other small business owners about the importance of background checks of employees, told WCCO-TV that the incident has led to a new policy at the company and that all 20 of its employees are being background checked “starting today.”

Since they usually lack the many resources enjoyed by their larger business counterparts, small businesses are especially vulnerable to the repercussions – in time, money, and reputation – from a single “bad hire” of an employee too unfit, unqualified, and dangerous for a particular position who can cause harm to co-workers and the public. If small businesses hire employees they knew – or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known – were too unfit, unqualified, or dangerous for a particular position, small businesses can be sued for ‘negligent hiring’ if injuries or death occur.

Background checks are a necessary step in avoiding “bad hires” and negligent hiring lawsuits. ‘ESR Direct’ – from accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – provides essential background check services such as criminal background checks, past employment verifications, and education/reference checks streamlined for small businesses.  ESR Direct provides small businesses with a simplified online ordering system and full control over their budgets since the exact final cost is available before they approve the request. ESR Direct users receive unlimited consultation with background check specialists so they are not on their own in fulfilling their due diligence functions.

For more information about ESR Direct background check services for small businesses from Employment Screening Resources (ESR), visit http://www.esrcheck.com/smallbizdivision.php. For more information about Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ and nationwide background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ or call 415.898.0044.

Source:
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/05/21/sex-offender-case-highlights-need-for-background-checks/

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