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Think about background checks before signing employment contracts

The desire to protects one's business is something all company owners in Michigan and across the country have. Background checks are used by many business owners before employment contracts are signed to ensure that those who apply for the jobs they are offering meet company standards. While taking this step may be a given for owners of larger businesses, for owners of smaller businesses, background checks may be an afterthought.

It is pretty safe to say that the majority of business owners depend on their front-line staff members to represent their companies in a positive way. Seeking out quality employees can be a difficult task. To help with this process, before any agreements are made and contracts are drafted and signed, business owners can save themselves time and money by performing background checks on potential employees.

Background checks can be extremely thorough and often include potential employees' criminal records, credit reports, bankruptcies, workers' compensation filings and much more. Before granting just anyone access to an establishment, it is a good idea to know about his or her history. Taking the time to run background checks will make it easier to decipher whether a potential employee is trustworthy, accountable and able to perform to company standards.

It is understandable that an immediate need for staff may be at the forefront of a business owner's mind when going through the hiring process. However, doing research about possible employees really should not be overlooked. After choosing the employees who seem to be the best fit for one's business, creating legally binding employment contracts that protect the interests of the company but are also fair for the employee is crucial. Business owners in Michigan can seek legal assistance for guidance, as well as help drafting such contracts.

Source: sba.gov, "Performing Pre-Employment Background Checks", Accessed on April 21, 2015

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