Should You Re-Screen Current Employees?

, , , | August 4, 2022 | By

Background checks are a great way to help protect your business from potential liability and ensure that the people you hire are qualified. However, even if you've conducted a thorough background check at some point in the past, it may still be necessary to rescreen employees. In this article, we'll look at why employers would want to rescreen their current employees and then discuss some specific steps they can take to make sure they're doing everything right.

Rescreening current employees is a best practice for employers. Rescreening helps you ensure that your employees are still suitable for their positions and can help avoid legal problems.

Rescreening involves the following:

  • Performing a background check on current employees after a period of employment.

  • This can be done annually, periodically over the course of a couple years, or when someone receives a promotion on change in job responsibilities.

There are several reasons an employer might want to rescreen current employees.

  • If the employee is taking on new responsibilities, such as driving for the business, access to more secure information, or company finances

  • When there is an accident or behavior that is usual for the employee, management may opt to rescreen to rule out the use of drugs or alcohol. Rescreens can help ensure that your employees have not committed crimes or made false statements on their applications since being hired.

  • Background screening rules have changed for new incoming candidates, current employees should be held to the new and updated standards. Also, if you're hiring a new employee, it's important that they be aware of any existing policies that may affect them. Typically, this includes information on drug testing and background checks. It's also important to make sure those policies are being followed consistently across your organization; if one person was able to get away with something while another wasn't, it could lead to resentment or worse.

  • To obtain new information on long-standing employees, new screening may be necessary

  • You can rescreen with the same service that completed the original background checks. If you've had a third party conduct your background checks, you can re-screen with the same service.

  • You may be required to rescreen in certain states.

  • They also help protect you from lawsuits over hiring discrimination or negligent hiring practices if an employee commits a crime after being hired and is then fired for it.

You should rescreen all employees who are required to undergo screening by law. This includes those who work in positions that require background checks under certain industries' regulations, such as healthcare workers and first responders. You should also rescreen those who have been convicted of certain crimes that could cause them to be unfit for service in their current position. These include felonies involving violence, theft or fraud; sex offenses; serious traffic violations; drug-related crimes; counterfeiting or forgery; perjury/false statement convictions related to security clearances, frauds against financial institutions or other serious crimes committed while employed by another company (such as embezzlement).

When you have the data on hand, re-screening your current employees can be a great way to protect your business and make sure that everyone who works for you is qualified. It also shows that you take employee safety seriously—even if they’re only new or temporary employees. We hope this article has helped you understand why it's important to rescreen your current employees and how doing so can help keep them safe on the job!