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Do not be afraid to check references! Checking references is a critical step in the selection/hiring process. By completing reference checks you help protect your business from being charged with negligent hiring practices.

Great reasons to check references:

1. To reduce legal liability for negligent hiring
2. To determine that credentials such as education, position or skills are accurately represented by the job candidate
3. To assess past performance and predict future performance
4. To reduce or prevent theft and embezzlement, along with other criminal activity
5. To ensure a safe work environment for employees
6. To comply with applicable state law requiring background checks for particular positions such as day care teachers or licensed medical practitioners
7. To assess the overall trustworthiness of the job candidate
8. To determine if salary history is accurately represented by the job candidate

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