Jul 2022 | Background Checks | Employment Checks
By Posted by Experian

Background checking your candidates is one of the most vital stages of the pre-employment process

But what happens after your candidate has been onboarded and in employment for a year, five years, ten years? Employment checks for existing employees need to be carefully considered. What happens when a worker has been in employment for a long period of time? Do you screen when employees are given new roles and responsibilities, or fall under a regulated role? When a license or accreditation runs out?

Putting a robust re-screening process in place can sometimes be very admin heavy, but it is important to protect your employees and customers. We can help you address this with the use of our bulk upload service, an efficient and cost-effective solution to employee re-screening.

Here are some top tips on why and how to re-screen.

Why should you re-screen?

There are several reasons why it is recommended to re-vet your employees:

1. The initial checks could contain errors

There may not be a guarantee that your first round of checks were perfect, and things may have slipped through the net. The chances of this happening are particularly high if your pre-employment process is carried out manually. Experian’s pre-employment screening solutions help you to take out the risks of manual screening and are available as a fully managed solution or integrated options, both helping you to save time and paperwork so your team can concentrate on the service, not the admin.

2. Their position in the workplace may have changed

Since the time of employment, a person’s position within the business could have changed. If, for example, they have changed role or received a promotion, their new position could come with different responsibilities, which may require a new or different level of check.

3. Life changes can affect an employee’s suitability

Much like with new job roles, a lot can change in a person’s life from the time when they were employed. Someone may not raise concerns when you first hire them, but there is no guarantee that this will still be the case a few years down the line.

How should you re-screen?

Re-screening needs to be a part of your company policy and procedures. If you would like to work with us to help review this process, please get in touch and one of our consultants will be happy to help. There are some areas of best practice to consider and various ways in which this can be carried out:

Clock iconIn cycles

One method is cyclical screening, which can be done in two ways. You can either re-vet your entire workforce in one go every few years, or you can, for example, screen each employee three years post-employment. Both of these options carry the benefit of being easy to track, as well as ensuring every employee is regularly screened.

Handshake iconKey moments of change

Sometimes due to restrictions in time or money, companies will only re-check their employees in times of change, be that in restructures, role changes, mergers or any other situation where there is more risk involved. This is a step-up from only carrying out pre-employment checks, but we recommend carrying out routine checks on top of these added extras.

Group iconRandom selection

Screening employees annually via a random selection is a good way of re-screening a large number of employees, without having to repeatedly re-screen your entire workforce. It can save on time and is a cost-effective screening method. These checks are a good way to re-screen additional employees alongside other methods of re-screening.

How can Experian help?

Here at Experian, we offer a wide range of background checking services for both pre and post-employment. Our checks vary from identity checks, to criminal record checks and educational history checks, just to name a few. Our background checks provide a detailed history and understanding of an individual’s background, including their identity, education, employment history, adverse financial history and any relevant criminal record information, often by incorporating Experian’s own propriety data, thereby cutting out the middle man.

Re-vetting your employees is now easier than ever, as our advanced software enables us to upload all of your chosen employees in one single upload. This makes the re-vetting process efficient and cost-effective, taking pressure off you and your business.

To find out more about Experian Background Checking Services, click here.