Volunteer Background Checks

  • By Brittany Guyton
  • 18 Aug, 2015

Why is it important?

Millions of volunteers donate countless hours to good causes every day. Nonprofit groups do great work with children, the elderly, the infirm, the homeless and countless others. Nonprofits typically operate on tight budgets and depend on the help of volunteers who work for free and enjoy giving back to their community. However, more and more often we hear of volunteers who harm children they are working with or steal from the nonprofit.

Charitable nonprofit groups and churches are constantly recruiting and working with volunteers. These groups need reliable background screening services in order to ensure the people they serve are being helped by trustworthy and reliable volunteers. Good volunteers are vital to the success of nonprofits, but bad volunteers can jeopardize their success and pose a high threat when given access to children and the elderly or sensitive information.

Screening volunteers can help distinguish those who are reliable and legitimate volunteers from those who are not. Volunteers are screened for many of the same reasons employers screen their employees. The ultimate goal is to verify identity and weed out potential problems, especially problems that could arise from an undisclosed criminal history.

When nonprofits do not perform background searches on potential volunteers and an incident occurs that could have been prevented had the volunteer been screened, the nonprofit can lose the trust and support of the community. The nonprofit can also lose funding and may be subject to a negligent selection of a volunteer lawsuit. Even when faced with a negative incident involving a volunteer, a charitable organization will fare much better by having conducted a background check of all potential volunteers.

A comprehensive volunteer background check policy will allow any manager of a nonprofit organization to rest with ease knowing that their volunteers are honest and dependable. A volunteer background check includes:
  • Criminal Background Checks
  • Sex Offender Registries Search
  • Drug and Alcohol Screening
  • Social Security Number Checks
  • Employment Verification
  • Education Verification
  • Professional License Verification
  • Credit Checks
  • Motor Vehicle Reports
  • Reference Checks
CourtHouse Concepts can provide all the volunteer screening services your nonprofit organization needs to make the right choice and keep people safe. Visit http://www.courthouseconcepts.net/ or call 877-750-3660 today to find out more about how CourtHouse Concepts can help you with volunteer background checks.

The CHC Blog

By Mark Ridgeway 19 Jul, 2017
As a business owner or HR professional you've been there: you’re at the tail end of a particularly difficult hiring process and you’ve finally found the right candidate for the job. It’s easy to say, “Phew! Glad that’s over,” and move forward with finalizing the details.

But before you do, you should really consider ordering a background check on your candidate of choice. Integrating a background check policy can really benefit and protect your company. Here are 5 reasons you should always run a background check:

1. Stronger hires = Saving Money

Don’t just rely on your “gut feeling.” The more you know about the candidate, the better you will be able to assess if he/she is a fit for the position and for your company. Talent acquisition is a struggle in nearly every industry, so make sure that you’re not cheating yourself out of any of the available information before extending an offer.

It’s important to point out that better hires often means less turnover. We know that turnover is typically the number one cost to employers. Save yourself from investing in the wrong employee for the job.

Aside from turnover costs, as was stated in a previous blog post Who Is Stealing From You , we know that upwards of $50 billion annually in cash and inventory is stolen by employees. Does your job candidate have a history of taking extra "perks" from previous employers?

2. Safer Work Evironment
Running a background check on potential employees before officially hiring them can aide in reducing workplace violence. As an employer, you’ve made a commitment to your current employees to operate a safe work environment. Don’t skip this important step in ensuring that safety.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,679 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2014, 403 were workplace homicides. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a major concern for employers and employees nationwide.

3.  Better Compliance in State & Federal Regulatory Requirements
A third-party background screening provider with in-house compliance expertise, can help your company properly create a screening solution. This not only satisfies your industry standards, but also state and federal regulatory requirements, which vary from state-to-state and by type of position you are staffing. Utilizing a partner that is a true expert in this field is important for the success of your company.

4.  Decrease the risk of being sued
Making a bad hiring decision can leave you and your company vulnerable to liability. Ordering a background check can help you find patterns in a person’s history. For example, if a potential employee has had multiple discrimination suits against them, you as an employer may be liable should the employee discriminate within your workplace. Being able to sort out candidates with these issues will help decrease the chances of a lawsuit.

5. Verifying Resumes
Does your candidate have the experience they claim? Do they really have the education and the professional licenses that are listed on their resume? A survey from CareerBuilder  of more than 2,500 hiring managers found that 56% have caught job candidates lying on their resumes.

Background checks can help you weed out the people that do not have the skills for the job. It also can help you verify that the candidate’s resume is valid.  Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to these discrepancies.

Requesting a background check for a prospective employee is perfectly within your rights as an employer. These background check reports can hold vital information that is relevant to your hiring decision. You wouldn’t choose to not gather all of the relevant information when making a different business decision, so don’t skimp here either. Take the time to do your homework and you’ll see the results!

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