While employers understand the repercussions of neglecting to properly follow through with pre-employment screening and background checks, it can be difficult to keep up with the fundamentals to help guide hiring decisions. This legal process is mandated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which protects candidates from breaches of privacy, falsely reported information and/or discrimination. According to research completed by the National Research Business Institute, 37% of employers said a bad hire affected employee morale, while 18% said it negatively impacted client relationships. Small business are particularly sensitive, due to the need to fill positions quickly. Using background screening as a tool in combination with in-person meetings can help companies of all sizes to make well-informed hiring decisions.