What Businesses Can Learn from This Case?

Employee background checking is an indispensable process for organizations, upholding integrity, ensuring trustworthiness, and validating qualifications. Statistics reveal that background check failures can have severe financial repercussions for companies. In the United States alone, negligent hiring claims have resulted in verdicts ranging from $1 million to over $40 million in certain cases.

This blog delves into the repercussions faced by Drake & Scull International (DSI), a prominent Dubai-based company, due to failures in employee background checking. It underscores the paramount importance of comprehensive screening practices, highlighting the tangible consequences of insufficient vetting procedures.


Following a management transition, DSI launched an intensive investigation into the actions of its preceding leadership. The probe unearthed a series of criminal complaints lodged against former executives, members of the board of directors, and even certain family members. The company’s new management exhibited an unwavering commitment to safeguarding shareholder rights and vowed to pursue those found culpable for jeopardizing the organization’s best interests.

Hidden Losses and Mismanagement:

The internal investigation brought to light a disconcerting revelation: DSI had been grappling with substantial annual losses concealed from shareholders from 2009 to 2017. These losses mounted from $255.6 million in 2015 to a staggering $380 million by 2017, aggregating to a cumulative sum of $857.5 million. The fact-finding committee attributed these covert losses to the previous management’s lamentable failure to adhere to corporate governance and transparency protocols, compounded by inadequate managerial and financial standards.

Importance of Employee Background Checking:

According to estimates from the U.S. Department of Labor, making a bad hiring decision can come at a steep price, equivalent to a staggering 30% of the potential earnings in the first year. This eye-opening statistic highlights the significant financial impact that businesses can face when they fail to conduct thorough employee background checks. Discover the crucial reasons why employee background checking is vital for businesses’ success and security.

·         Safeguarding Shareholder Trust

The case of DSI aptly exemplifies the criticality of upholding shareholder trust. Diligent background checks enable organizations to identify individuals with a history of misconduct or fraudulent activities, preventing them from occupying positions of influence within the company. This bolsters shareholder confidence and preserves the credibility of the enterprise.

·         Mitigating Financial Losses

Insufficient background checking can inadvertently lead to the recruitment of individuals lacking the requisite qualifications or possessing a track record of poor financial management. Such employees can significantly contribute to financial losses, as evidenced by DSI’s clandestine financial setbacks, which amounted to three times the organization’s total paid-up capital.

·         Preserving Reputation and Rebuilding Trust

An organization’s reputation is its lifeblood—a testament to its values, competence, and reliability. Failure to conduct rigorous background checks can engender scandals, legal entanglements, and irreparable damage to the company’s image. Rebuilding trust and restoring reputation in the aftermath of such incidents demands protracted efforts and resources.

·         Compliance with Governance and Transparency Regulations

Meticulous employee background checking ensures compliance with corporate governance and transparency regulations. By verifying that employees meet the requisite standards and exhibit an untainted record, organizations minimize the risk of regulatory non-compliance, safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders.

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Mitigating Risks and Safeguarding Your Business: CRI Group™’s EmploySmart™ Background Check Service

CRI Group™ understands the importance of mitigating risks associated with negligent hiring liabilities. That’s why our employee background check service called EmploySmart™ is certified for BS7858, a recognized standard for security screening within the industry. We adhere to rigorous compliance measures to ensure that our background checks align with legal requirements and industry best practices. By partnering with us, businesses can rest assured that their employee screening processes are conducted in a meticulous and lawful manner.

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EmploySmart™: A Robust Pre-Employment Screening Service

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Tailored Screening Packages for Every Position

EmploySmart™ provides flexible screening packages tailored to the specific requirements of each position within a company. CRI Group™’s comprehensive screening services cover a wide range of areas, including education and employment history verifications, criminal record checks, reference checks, and much more.

Our expert team will guide you through the screening process, helping you select the right package that aligns with your industry regulations and job requirements. We take pride in our attention to detail, ensuring that every aspect of the screening process is conducted accurately and efficiently.

Ensuring Truth and Validating Credentials

EmploySmart™ helps organizations address the challenge of determining whether the information provided by candidates is accurate and truthful. CRI Group™’s background checks verify educational qualifications, employment history, and other crucial details, ensuring transparency and minimizing the risk of fraudulent claims.

Our expert team meticulously examines each candidate’s educational qualifications, leaving no room for doubt or uncertainty. We delve into their employment history, cross-checking the details to ensure accuracy. With EmploySmart™, you can rest assured that the claims made by candidates are thoroughly vetted, promoting transparency, and reducing the risk of encountering fraudulent credentials.

Compliance with Laws and Regulations

By partnering with CRI Group™ and utilizing EmploySmart™, organizations can confidently navigate the complex landscape of background check regulations. CRI Group™ ensures that its screening processes comply with local and international laws, reducing legal risks and reinforcing due diligence.

Saving Time, Money, and Heartbreak

Investing in comprehensive employment screening services like EmploySmart™ can save organizations valuable time, financial resources, and potential heartbreak. By proactively identifying potential risks and red flags during the hiring process, businesses can avoid costly legal battles, reputational damage, and negative impacts on employee morale.

CRI Group™’s EmploySmart™ background check service serves as a powerful tool for industries to prevent losses, safeguard their business, and ensure a safe work environment for all. Don’t miss the chance to learn more about EmploySmart™ at the SHRM 2023 Annual Conference and discover how CRI Group™ can assist your organization in creating a brighter and more secure future.