Background Checks on Home Service Workers?
Background Checks – Merchant Information Solutions, Inc.
Friday, January 08, 2010
A large reputable company doesn’t always guarantee our safety. Hefling was a subcontractor to a major department store in Orlando that offered the duct cleaning services. Both men were actually ex-cons and Hefling had even admitted on his job application that he’d been in prison for 14 years. The victim’s family settled a lawsuit against this major department store chain in 2004. Perhaps if a background check had been conducted on Hefling, Bone’s sister would still be alive today (Read the full story here).
As business owners, performing background checks on every subcontractor and employee may seem far too expensive. And it can be, but it’s nothing compared to an expensive lawsuit. There are more and more companies that don’t perform checks on their employees that are now dealing with major lawsuits. Take Sears Roebuck and Co. who settled a lawsuit with a Maryland woman who was assaulted in her home by one of the carpet cleaner workers. He had a long criminal record under his belt when he started working for Sears as a carpet cleaner. As in the prior case he was a subcontractor, but the victim filed the lawsuit against Sears. Now Sears requires checks on all their home service workers. An expensive lesson learned (Read this story and similar reports here).
Let’s be informed business owners. Whether we contract out in the home service field or are involved in any other form of business, we need to protect our consumers/clients/fellow employees as best as we can.