Thorough background checks can help you defeat any negligent hiring claim.

But what if applicants' background checks come up clean, yet they begin displaying troublesome behavior at your workplace. In such cases, you can be hit with a similar type of lawsuit, negligent supervision, if you don't act quickly to set things straight.

Supervision is your responsibility

The law requires you to use reasonable care when hiring and training employees. But you also have an obligation to supervise your staff, as well. A court can tag you with a negligent-supervision verdict if it's proved that your organization either knew or should have known that an employee's conduct would cause trouble or even indicated a tendency to harm others. (Negligent retention can occur if management keeps an employee on board who should have been fired.)

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