When we conduct HR Compliance Audits for our clients, one of the first things we look at is their employment application (assuming they even have one).
Most smaller business go to Office Depot and pick up a packet of standard applications. Big mistake. Most of those applications are not state-specific and may even ask questions prohibited by state laws.
A legally reviewed employment application is critical. Solely relying on a resume does not solve the problem: you should get signatures that the candidate signs understanding that you're an at-will employer; that they approve of you getting references or background checks; and that any lies on the application could result in failure to hire or termination.
Also - studies suggest that up to 70% of all resumes contain false or misleading information.
An even clearer argument is made by Jennifer Brown Shaw and Matthew Norfleet in this post on the Shaw Valenza website.