Preventing workers' compensation fraud during the hiring process
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Preventing Workers' Compensation Fraud
During The Hiring Process
Workers' compensation fraud is a significant drain on a company's time and
resources. With a workers' comp background check coupled with a criminal
record check, companies can avoid being the target of a scam.
Workers' compensation fraud is estimated
to occur in one out of four claims, resulting Don't be misled into thinking that every
in billions lost in premiums, taxes, and person who has filed a claim is looking to
expenses every year. There are people scam a company and get paid through a
who are willing to fake injuries and claims in fraudulent case. However, seeing a long
order to illegally collect compensation. One history of claims, especially ones that have
of the most effective ways for companies to been denied or investigated, should throw
protect themselves is during the hiring up a massive red flag for human resources
process with a workers' comp background personnel to spot.
check to filter out questionable applicants.
Always be mindful of each person's unique
The workers' compensation program works situation. A string of accidents at a previous
very well to limit a company's liability and to job would lead to a record of claims and
create a safety net for workers. However, they would all be legitimate. The best way
when scams and fraud undermine the to handle this type of information is to bring
system, everyone loses in the end to rising it up during an interview to hear the other
premiums and expenses. side of the story. Hiring personnel can also
dig deeper to obtain more information
Spotting Scams Beforehand - before they make a decision.
Workers' Comp Background
Check Searching Deeper With A
Criminal Record Check
Records pertaining to all compensation
cases are available through the Americans A criminal record check is an excellent tool
with Disabilities Act; the act provides a to combine with an individual's
history of an individual’s work-related compensation history. If a clear pattern of
injuries that includes dates of accidents, fraud and illegal activity becomes evident,
nature of injuries, and if the claim was than the person applying for the position
upheld or denied by the state authority. By might very well be looking to perpetuate
obtaining a workers' comp background fraud. It is a safe assumption that a worker
check, employers have a chance to spot with compensation claims and a clear
questionable applicants before they enter a criminal record check is most likely a safe
company. bet. The red flag here would be a
What Hiring Managers Should Do With
Background Criminal Checks
corresponding criminal record combined
with a dubious compensation history.
This type of candidate might not be actively
looking to defraud the system. However,
poor records can be indicative of a poor
work attitude. An unsafe or uncaring
employee is a liability to a company and all
of their fellow workers. A person willing to
live off of this system rather than being a
hard worker would probably not add
significant value to a business.
During the hiring process, workers' comp
background checks and criminal record
checks are effective tools to filter out
undesired applicants. Hiring personnel
armed with this information are able to
make informed hiring decisions for the
benefit of their companies and colleagues.
is an author for AccuScreen, the industry leader in
workers' comp background checks since 1994.
AccuSCreen also provides in depth criminal record