A cable company in Texas was ordered to pay more than $7 billion in damages to the family of an 83-year-old woman murdered by an employee, an installer, who was not on duty at the time. The cable company was found to be grossly negligent because during the hiring process it ignored several red flags and failed to properly screen that employee, who had lied about his work history on his job application. Read the full story.

The takeaway? Conduct background checks before you hire, especially if you have employees going into private homes. PayPlus partners with National Crime Search (NCS) to offer background checking services.