What you donít know about your employees can hurt you.


We want to invite you to use our information location and investigative services.  Lorenz Investigations has access and memberships to several information resources via the internet and uses these resources to locate information for you.  Other services related to your business include:


          Employee Theft Investigations

          Employee Substance Abuse

          Sexual Harassment Complaints

          Workplace Accident Investigations


Background checks provide agencies and parents with extremely important tools. However, it is very important to be aware of the limitations inherent in background checks. Be aware that there is no such thing as a "national" criminal records check. There is one "nationwide" criminal database, the FBI database, which is known as the NCIC (National Crime Information Center). The FBI database is NOT public record and cannot be legally accessed by anyone other than criminal justice agencies.


Know Your Employees


As a business owner, you are responsible for the actions of your employees.  Employers may be held liable for negligent hiring and retention.  As an employer, it is your responsibility to adequately screen your employees to avoid hiring someone who has a history of violent or criminal acts - negligent hiring.  You can also be held responsible for retaining an employee who you know, or should know, is unsuitable for the job - negligent retention


A landlord in Minnesota was found to have been negligent, when he hired an onsite manager who raped a tenant.  The landlord put the onsite manager in a position, in which he had access to tenantís apartments with keys provided by the landlord.  Courts have found that employers must exercise due diligence and conduct a reasonable investigation into a perspective employee's background.


We can also conduct complete background investigations on your applicants.  Including contacting references and former employers.  You decide what level of background investigation you would like us to conduct. 


S.S.# Trace - the most effective way to identify a person

The first step in most background investigations is a Social Security Number Trace. A social security trace is a report that will return all current and reported addresses for the last 7 to 10 years on a specific individual based on his or her social security number. It is imperative to verity the information provided by a candidate concerning her identity and where she has lived. This is the foundation of a solid background investigation. By tracing the SSN history over 7 years, it is much more difficult for a candidate to hide her identity and possible criminal history. The SSN trace provides you the opportunity to cross check name and previous residence history as provided in the job application for possible inconsistencies. Additionally, the SSN trace validates the choice of which jurisdiction(s) should be searched for criminal records. Lastly, the SSN trace will uncover known aliases - other names the applicant may have gone by - another key part of a comprehensive background check.

Statewide Criminal Checks
It is possible to search statewide for criminal records in some states. Generally state-wide records repositories only record felony convictions, or convictions that resulted in jail time. While the nanny industry has an estimated 5% 'hit' rate on nanny candidates searched, the vast majority of these 'hits' are misdemeanor records. Misdemeanor records are not generally recorded in state record repositories, and do not generally result in jail time. Most often a criminal records search is done on a county by county basis.