Our clients understand that they can be legally liable for the actions of their employees, volunteers, and tenants. This legal doctrine is called Respondeat Superior.
Courts have ruled that you can mitigate that liability by making a “good faith effort to obtain information that was reasonably available about your applicant”.
As a licensed private investigations company, we provide our clients with solutions to properly screen your applicant.
Many companies solely rely on a cheap instant database search for their background checks. However, many of these databases are dangerously incomplete. What the database companies are really selling are limited records purchased from a patchwork of jurisdictions over time. Often, the database company does not update the records. For example, the database search may show that an applicant had an offense that resulted in deferred adjudication. However, that applicant may have recently done something to violate their probation which resulted in an arrest or a conviction and the outdated database may not show you the new information. Instant database searches can be used a “pointer” devices to alert you to potential issues, but we don’t recommend they ever be your sole source of information.
County criminal searches are a core element of our recommended background searches. We use our nationwide network of 2500 court researchers to actually check the court records at the county level. This lets you get the most current snapshot of your applicant’s background.
Organizations that rely on cheap instant background checks believe in the myth that a piece of paper in the file will demonstrate due diligence if they are ever sued .