Pre-Hire Issues: A First Date From the Perspective of an Employer

05/01/2013

When seeking to hire qualified employees, employers must avoid numerous legal complications that pervade the hiring landscape. To do so, employers should take affirmative steps to ensure that their managers and human resource professionals understand employment applications, background checks, testing, and interviewing.

Lawsuits can be lost because of questions asked on employment applications or statements made during interviews. Proper employment screening techniques will enable an employer to hire the best qualified employees, to reduce the risk of claims from applicants and employees, and to decrease the risk of claims by third parties injured by an unqualified or incompetent employee. This article will examine some of the key concerns that arise during the pre-hiring phase.

This article was excerpted from The Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter of the State Bar of Texas, Spring II 2013.  To read the full article click here.

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