According to many human resource experts, employers need to do their homework before deciding which new people to bring on board to a work environment.

In a recent article for the Coshocton Tribune, Jim Evans, president of an Ohio-based human resource consulting firm, said that hiring new staff members to replace those who had left was both costly and challenging. He said that one way to ensure that the right person was hired was to make sure that they weren't drug users and that they didn't have any convictions for troubling crimes.

"Drug testing and criminal background checks are critical to making a successful hire and helps limit the employer's liability," he writes. "Employers are accountable for negligent hiring, so conducting a criminal background check and screening out current illegal drug users can save big money, in the long haul, by limiting the chance of a bad hire."

Others have been giving advice when it comes to hiring for personal nannies. In a recent blog entry for the Huffington Post, Dr. Mary Pulido, executive director for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Children, stated that parents should be sure to "define the role and expectations of the care provider."

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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