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How do we prevent negligent hiring claims?

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Q. I recently read an article about employees who were attacked or harassed at work by other employees who never should have been hired in the first place. How can an employer reduce its risk of liability for negligent hiring?

A. Check references thoroughly, although often prior employers will provide only neutral information.

Also, you may want to consider criminal background checks. If you decide to use an outside entity to perform checks, you must comply with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. You should be careful how you use criminal history information and consider the nature of the crime, how long ago it occurred, and whether it is related to the job for which you are hiring, among other factors.

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