Employers can protect themselves from negligent hiring liability by thoroughly checking references and verifying all pertinent information about each job applicant before making a job offer. A Criminal Record Check should be conducted for each place of residence a candidate has lived for at least the last seven years. Employers should check a minimum of three business or professional references with whom the applicant has worked on a daily basis within the last seven years. In addition, employers should also confirm all degrees and licenses claimed by the applicant. A Social Security Number Verification with a 7YR Address history should also be performed.

By taking these simple steps, every employer should be able to clearly demonstrate that reasonable care was used in the hiring process.