Checking Applicant References

Though there isn’t a specific law requiring that you check a candidate’s references, courts have held employers liable for negligent hiring for certain acts of their employees, which the employer knew or should have known might occur. For example, by initially checking the references of an employee who later assaults someone in your workplace, you could have discovered that the employee had a record of similar assaults. For more information, see Good Selection Practices and Background Checks and Testing.

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