Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 13, 2013
Targeting home service businesses that are proactive about customer safety and security, SAFEClickID is launching a membership organization for Chicago-area companies that maintain appropriate licensing, bonding and registration and background screen all employees who work in or around a customer’s home. Approved in-home and onsite workers of member companies will carry a SAFEClickID-issued photo ID badge that customers can view online for free before a worker arrives. The precautionary measures support SAFEClickID’s aim to reduce employer’s liability risk for negligent hiring and to expand the margin of safety for consumers.
SAFEClickID has developed baseline screening criteria developed in consultation with top tier lawyers and professional background screeners that comply with federal employment laws and state regulations governing different types of home service, and cover the most common home service businesses. The standardized screening guidelines include Social Security verification, county-level and multijurisdictional criminal checks and national and statewide sex offender registry reviews, subjecting workers to a higher level of scrutiny than many home service companies do.
SAFEClickID members agree to have employees and contractors screened every 12 months by an elite screening firm that is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and approved by SAFEClickID. The employer verifies the completion of screenings based on SAFEClickID standards and pledges to dispatch to customers’ homes only those workers who pass. In addition, member companies agree to internal vetting of the business and the owner that includes verification of insurance and at least a B-rating with the Better Business Bureau.
SAFEClickID is targeting home service companies willing to substantiate reputability and commitment to consumer safety, which differentiates SAFEClickID from other online sites that list scores of companies and charge consumers to join and write reviews, as well as those that charge businesses for each customer lead. SAFEClickID member companies pay a monthly subscription fee to be listed in an online directory and receive customer leads for free.
“We don’t want SAFEClickID to be for every single company,” said SAFEClickID founder Howard Hamilton. “We are unlike any other organization in that we do some upfront vetting on the company -- not every company will be accepted. We want SAFEClickID’s focus to be quality versus quantity.”
SAFEClickID’s offerings enable home service companies to bolster internal procedures and protections in an industry fraught with risk. Juries have leveled multi-million dollar judgments against home service companies that failed to perform background checks on in-home and on-site workers who committed crimes against a customer. Those cases contribute to heightened concerns about personal safety, especially among single dwellers, senior citizens, families with children under 18 years old and individuals with disabilities.
In fact, the concept for SAFEClickID germinated when Hamilton worked in outside sales and his wife stayed at home with their young children. Two carpet cleaners who drove on the property as Hamilton prepared to leave for work made his wife feel uncomfortable. She urged him to stay.
“Everybody has a friend, family or business associate with a home repair horror story. It may not have led to a terrible situation or crime, but it was just uncomfortable for people to be left alone with workers,” Hamilton said.
For more information on SAFEClickID, please visit http://www.safeclickid.com.
SAFEClickID is a membership program focused on employee background screening, credentialing, and registration services for home service companies. Using comprehensive background screening checks and standards, photo ID badges, and a unique internet capability, SAFEClickID enables customers to know more about the workers assigned to their job, prior to their arrival. We believe customers value these extra steps which help increase their safety, security, and peace of mind when employees are dispatched to their homes.