National Retail Federation Releases Background Screening Stats
October 6, 2011
Want to see just how prevalent background screening has become in the United States? The National Retail Federation (NRF) just released survey results that show nearly 97% major national retailers conduct background checks on potential employees.
“Background screenings help retailers ensure the safety of both shoppers and employees from the very beginning of the application process,” said NRF senior asset protection advisor Joe LaRocca. “Pre-employment screenings are one of the tools retailers use as a first line of defense, especially during the holiday season when companies many have hundreds – if not thousands – of applications to sift through.”
The study revealed that retailers routinely screen a range of associates from senior executives (85.7%) to store associates (55.2%), with a particular focus on customer-facing employees and managers.