Franchisee Screening Protects Franchisors and Franchisees

Apr 15, 2021
No Cost Protection for Franchisor It has often been stated that franchisee screening is a “no-brainer” for the franchisor. The average cost of the franchisee screening report can be passed through to the franchisee candidate, either as part of the franchise fee, or as a separate application or background check fee. However, it is also true that too often, particularly with emerging franchise brands, the franchisor will become focused on selling franchise units, without really considering the type of person that is applying – other than do they have the financial resources to both pay the franchise fee and to launch the franchise unit. Rather than concentrating on how much the franchisee screening report will cost, the franchisor should inquire about how to best protect their particular brand and the specific searches that will better devise a franchisee background screening report for their individual franchise brand. Franchisee Screening Also Protects Franchisees Individuals who invest to become a franchisee of a brand often are using much if not most of their life savings. They have a very vested interest in the success and continuity of the franchise brand they are buying i…

The Importance of Volunteer Screening in Today's Pandemic Environment

Mar 09, 2021
Volunteer Background Checks for Nonprofits Background checks for volunteers working at nonprofits have always been essential. Just as criminal background checks are important for businesses, as they mitigate risk, particularly risk from Negligent Hiring and Retention Liability laws, nonprofits often have an even higher level of responsibility.   Nonprofits commonly serve vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. It is unfortunate but true that predators seek their victims, often by volunteering at nonprofits for the express purpose of abusing the very clients that the nonprofits serve. These nonprofit clients are the targets of their prey, giving these predators a plethora of individuals for them to choose as potential persons they can next abuse. For this reason alone, it is critical for nonprofits to perform volunteer criminal background checks. Regrettably, too frequently nonprofits — if they perform any type of background check — only perform a cursory criminal database check because of their concern for cost. However, no criminal database exists that covers the entire country. Even the “FBI files” only have about fifty percent of a…

The Pandemic’s Effect on Background Checks

Feb 09, 2021
Background Checks have always been a critical piece of the evaluation puzzle when it comes to vetting candidates. The pandemic has changed the way many companies and organizations assess applicants. It is no longer uncommon to select a new employee, volunteer, franchisee, or member virtually, without ever having met the individual in person. Therefore, it is more important than ever to know the background of each candidate prior to making a decision on organizational fit. Before technology evolved, background checks entailed getting an authorization form signed by the applicants and faxing it over to the background screening company to process. Now, reliable background screening companies offer the ability to obtain the applicant’s authorization digitally, so hard copy forms and fax machines are no longer needed. However, organizations must take caution with relying on the applicant to enter everything properly. If an applicant is entering their information through an electronic process, this often saves organizations a lot of time. But what if the applicant inputs a nickname instead of their legal name? What happens if they make a typo and enter the date of birth off by a digit?…

Is Checking Your Applicant’s Social Media Worth It?

Jan 12, 2021
2020 was a year to remember… or perhaps a year to forget. Naturally, we all want to remember the good times, but more often than not, it’s the negative moments that tend to leave a bigger impression on us. The same can be said when it comes to business and the actions of employees.   Ask yourself what stands out in your mind more - the time an employee did a good job, or the time an employee really messed something up?  The many positive reviews that was left for a business, or the negative review that tried to bring down its reputation?  This notion stands true during the interview process.   Background checks have been around for a long time and are an extremely useful tool in helping Human Resource professionals and business owners decide whether an individual is a good fit for the company or specific position.  Rarely does one recall when an applicant’s record comes back clean, but it is much harder to forget about the time they came across a murderer or sex offender.  Many companies would be reluctant to have an individual with that level of a criminal history being associated with their brand. 2020 was a very divisive year, where opinions became more poignant.  Free speech…
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