Recent Animal Cruelty Charge for Dog Walker Raises Questions About Continuous Background Checks for Gig Employers

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Recent Animal Cruelty Charge for Dog Walker Raises Questions About Continuous Background Checks for Gig Employers

A recent incident that resulted in a contractor for a popular dog walking service being charged with animal cruelty has led to many consumers looking into this industry’s standard for background checks. The dog walker was reportedly caught on a surveillance camera in a customer’s home chasing their dog around the house, growling at him, and striking him over the course of 12 minutes. In response to this footage and the subsequent misdemeanor charge, the walker stated that he “needed to test [the dog] to make sure he understood who the pack leader was”. The complainants in this case, after looking into the service’s background screening standards, are concerned that if a walker commits a crime and does not report it to their employer that walker would be allowed to continue to work since continuous background checks are not commonplace.

Many industries such as healthcare, finance, and security run continuous background checks due to the sensitive nature of these positions as well as their employees’ exposure to the public. Having a continuous screening policy in place allows employers to identify criminal charges and convictions that may affect the employee’s position after the initial background check. Some gig-employers like Uber have already recognized the benefits of annually screening their employees and are leading the charge for their industry by updating their policies.

Are you an employer who’s interested in learning about your rescreening options to ensure your company is ahead of the curve? If so, please reach out to CRC for a free consultation!