Four Uber taxi cab drivers in Los Angeles, CA were found to have serious criminal histories. These drivers were cited by LA International Airport Police and during this investigation the drivers were found to have serious enough criminal records that could have barred them from working for traditional taxi cab companies. The offenses ranged from child exploitation, identity theft, manslaughter and driving under the influence. Each of these offenses would make the drivers ineligible for a city of Los Angeles taxi permit. This discovery highlights the need for employers including taxi cab companies to use a professional third-party background screening company to perform thorough criminal background checks on potential new hires.
Most employers (69%) report that they conduct criminal background checks on all their job applicants mainly to reduce legal liability for negligent hiring and about half for ensuring a safe work environment for employees.
There are currently many different kinds of background checks available to employers in the USA. However, it is a best practice to use a professional employment screening company to perform the necessary background checks required to thoroughly vet a new job candidate. With access to court records, public records and criminal record data a third-party background screening company can make sure the employer is getting all the information they need to make a well informed hiring decision.
To read more about this subject read recent CriminalBackgroundRecords.com press release.