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There are 6 million threats of violence and 2 million
workplace assaults each year. 13 people die due to workplace
violence every week.
33% of employees admit to stealing a product or money from
jobs in the last three years. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce
estimates dishonesty by employees costs 1%-2% of gross sales.
It is estimated that 30% of business failures are directly
related to employee theft.
Applicants tend to stretch the truth. Statistics reveal
that near 40% of applications are falsified!
The cost of hiring, training, and then terminating one
employee can be very expensive. According to William M.
Mercer, Inc., turnover costs a minimum of $10,000; 20% of
respondents indicated turnover costs exceed $20,000.
In 1999, Trusted Health was ordered to pay $26.5 million
dollars to the family of a murdered patient. Courts throughout
the U.S. declared "prior to the time the employee is actually
hired, the employer ... should have known of the employee's
unfitness" and are liable if they did not perform an adequate
Negligent hiring litigation is a growing problem! Employers
lose 79% of all negligent hiring suits and the average jury
plaintiff award in employment law cases continues to be in
excess of $1.6 million! (Public Personnel Management - USA
Today - Nov. 21, 2003) Damages are awarded against employers
because of the employer's negligence and failure to perform a
reasonable search into the employee's background prior to
hiring. Courts have ruled that "an employer has a general duty
to check criminal records for employees who will have
interface with the public, or who could have a foreseeable
opportunity to commit a violent crime against someone in the
course of their employment."
Today's litigious society has created an environment that
requires management to be armed with numerous tools. Many
employers currently spend little time verifying the accuracy
of employment applications; and, although they would like to
adequately screen applicants, the cost to do so has, in the
past, been financially prohibitive.
A car rental company recently paid $750,000 to an employee
who was raped by a fellow employee.
A guard service was found guilty for inadequately checking
a guard's references when the guard helped steal from their
client. The charge - negligent hiring as they failed to
investigate and the employee had a criminal record. The
damages paid were over $300,000.
An employee who had previously been convicted of passing
bad checks forged signatures on sales contracts. The court
judged his employer negligent and awarded $175,000.
After driving for a telephone company for only a week, an
employee was involved in a traffic accident. The jury learned
that the company never saw the employee's driver's record
which had five traffic tickets within 18 months. They awarded
the injured party $550,000.
An Appellate Court awarded $4 million to a woman who was
raped by an employee. His employment application indicated no
criminal convictions and the employer did not perform a
complete background check.
A hospital was found negligent in hiring a kidney
transplant coordinator who was unskilled in reading medical
charts. As a result, a patient was given a transplant of a
cancerous kidney which resulted in his