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Are National Background Checks Enough? Think Again!

THE LYNX LETTER | The Nevada-Sized Hole in the Security of Most Companies
By: Guest Contributor, K.J. Smith, President, Employer Lynx

The only thing worse than doing no background screening for your workforce is thinking you’re doing background screening, when in truth you’re not.

This, sadly, is the case for a vast number of businesses in Nevada. How could this be? Because they are trusting national background searches in order to learn about prospective and current employees.

Many of these national background screenings are offered by reputable, if not overly thorough, companies.

The reports are clean and professional. They are turned around in a short period of time. And in many cases, they come back to the employer giving the prospective hire a clean bill of health.

There is only one problem. Most of these national background searches don’t include vital information from Nevada.

That domestic violence rap? No. Doesn’t show. That dipping into the till? That fraud case? The time spent in the county jail? Missed, missed and missed.

This is because, by law, the State of Nevada doesn’t report to national databases. They are only one of a handful of states in America that don’t and unsurprisingly, Nevada’s independent spirit means they are included among them.

What does this mean? It means that if you’re hiring a Nevadan to fill a job in Nevada, then your national background screening is virtually useless.

The worst part is you think it’s doing the job.

There you are, unknowingly whistling in between sips of your coffee as you walk the hallways of your office, waving at many employees who should have never, ever received a company badge.

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