Workers’ Comp Screening Has Its Risks as Well as Rewards

Source: Fay Hansen, Workforce Management Online, September 2010

While background screening firms are adding workers’ comp checks alongside drug testing, credit reports and court records, collecting information on injuries and claims could expose companies to legal risks, including ADA compliance issues.

ith a prolonged hiring slump still dogging many industries, employment screening vendors are expanding their offerings and promoting new services to boost business. A number of vendors, such as LexisNexis, HireSafe and TalentWise, now include a review of workers’ compensation claims to their list of tools that employers can select to screen job candidates.

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