How temporary staffing firms can help vet your workers

Approximately 10 percent of job applicants have some type of criminal past, so the odds are good that, at some point, your firm could find itself in a potentially costly liability situation.

Temporary employment agencies can help cut the amount of hands-on time an employer spends to fill vacant job positions. But before using a temp service, we think it’s important to verify the agency’s employee-screening process. By performing a little due diligence, you can ensure that each temp worker walking through your doors has a clean criminal record.

Apprentice Personnel performs a background check on our temp workers at the requests of our client-customers.

The thoroughness of the background check can vary by temp agency. For instance, some agencies may check for criminal records only. Others may check for criminal records, sex offender records, fraud, employment, terrorist databases and more. Some agencies check the temp’s records for the previous seven years.Others check lifetime background records. Be sure to ask what your temp agency does in this regard.  

Apprentice Personnel utilizes the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify system to make sure our employees can legally work in the United States. We also use S2 Verify for national and local background checks going back seven years.

Conducting a thorough background checks can help in a number of ways including:

  • reducing the threat of negligent-hiring litigation lawsuits; 
  • discouraging dishonest applicants from even applying; 
  • protecting clients against workplace violence; 
  • reducing costs of training and turnover;
  • decreasing the chances of placing unqualified candidates; 
  • reducing the cost of employee theft and embezzlement;
  • and, of course, helping place credible candidates.

About the Author


Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.