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Why Background Checks Are Important for Small Businesses

Background checks can help you make reliable, trustworthy hires the first time and grow your business the right way.

That’s why WizeHire has partnered with Checkr to offer background checks that help you assess your candidates faster and easier for your open roles. 

Why are background checks important?  

Employers use background checks to protect their businesses, employees, and customers. 

You learn about your candidates’ criminal history, employment history, and credit history. They can also reveal information about an applicant’s character and reputation.

Background checks also help your business comply with the law, including those outlined by the Equality Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). 

The EEOC enforces, “An employer cannot conduct background checks or use the information obtained in a manner that denies equal employment opportunity to anyone on a protected basis, by intent or by unlawful disparate impact.” 

The FRCA makes sure employees:

  • Know they’re getting a background check
  • Have the right to consent to a background check
  • Have a right to review any pertinent personal and financial information
  • Have a right to correct any inaccuracies in their background report
  • Have a right to appeal any decisions the applicant feels are unfairly made

Checkr is EEOC and FCRA-compliant, ensuring fair and equal opportunity in the workplace.

Why do small businesses need background checks?

You’ve worked hard to build a trustworthy and reputable business. 

The talent you hire has a direct impact on the success of your small business. A great hire will help you achieve your goals and grow your business. A bad hire will have the opposite effect.

According to the Review Control Center, one bad review can drive 1 out of every 10 potential customers away, costing you between $700 and $15,000 annually.  

Background checks protect your small business from financial and reputation risk. They also provide you with a full picture of the person you’re considering for the job.

How can Checkr help your small business?

Checkr is everything you need in a background check – it’s faster, easier, and helps you reduce hiring bias. They provide in-depth screening packages to get the candidate information you need:

  • Criminal records
  • Employment history
  • Motor vehicle reports
  • Education verification

You’ll avoid disruptions and unexpected delays to speed the hiring process up. Use modern technology to:

  • Automate the process
  • Improve the candidate experience
  • Reduce the chances of human error
  • Eliminate time-consuming manual reviews
  • Handle all the paperwork and legal jargon, so you don’t have to

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