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Background Screening and Investigations by W. Barry Nixon, Kim Kerr

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5 Background Checking Policy1

The intent of this chapter is to discuss the importance of having a well-crafted and comprehensive background screening policy; however, before we dive into this subject, I believe it is very important to define the overall purpose for having a policy, in general.

As I am sure you know, organizations have many types of policies—human resources (HR) or personnel policies, operational policies, and functional policies such as security, safety, marketing, to name a few. A common thread that cuts across all of these different type policies is that they are all established with the intent to provide a framework for people’s behavior in the organization. This is a diplomatic way of saying that policies are created to ...

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