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July 26, 2004

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Nancy, contact an employment lawyer in your state.

This brings up a question I am facing with an employee. At the time of hire, we had no reason to be concerned about the accuracy of the employee's application. After a few months the employee was promoted to a new job. In this job, which entails both increased contact with other staff and patron contact, what this employee would say about his/her background at one point did not agree with what was said at another time.

Our policy is a 90 day probationary period from hiring. The employee is soon to hit the one year mark. Is it too late to check references at this point? I should also note that checking references has not been the general policy of the library; perhaps that should change as well.

Good rule of thumb, check the criminal history of anyone you hire as a security guard, regardless of your business.

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