Posts Tagged: criminal background check

Target Corporation Bans the Box. Should Your Organization?

Minnesota employee advocates are claiming a victory over the Target Corporation, the nation’s second-largest retailer, based on a Huffington Post article published on October 29th. In that article, the Huffington Post reports that Target will “stop asking prospective employees about their criminal records in initial job applications.” As you may know, this policy is a… Read more »

EEOC Defends Guidance on Use of Criminal Records in Hiring

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a letter August 29th that defends its use of the concept of “disparate impact” in combating employment discrimination. The letter was in response to a challenge from the Attorneys General of nine states that called the EEOC position “An Attack on Criminal Background Checks in the Hiring Process”… Read more »

What You Need to Know about the FTC’s Latest Settlement of FCRA Charges

A company that compiled and sold criminal record reports has entered into a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission as a result of charges that it operated as a consumer reporting agency without taking consumer protection measures required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The FTC’s agreement containing consent order is the first… Read more »

One in Four Adults Would “Fail” a Criminal Record Check: A Lesson for Employers

One in four adults in the United States has a criminal record.  That’s a pretty startling statistic when you think about your latest applicant pool. Chances are high that you are interacting with quite a few applicants, candidates, and even employees with some type of criminal background. For some organizations, this news is startling enough… Read more »

Your Prospective Employee Has a Criminal Record. (Now What?)

So here you are, thinking you have a great candidate for your open position. This person has all of the necessary qualifications, a great-looking resume, the interview was textbook perfect, and suddenly you get a call from your background screening company. “Bad news,” they say. “There’s a problem with your candidate’s criminal record.” Frustration begins… Read more »

Do your policies support fair employment for workers with criminal records?

The National Employment Labor Project (NELP) recently announced new resources designed to support its goal of reducing unfair barriers to employment. The NELP cites workers who are unjustly excluded from work based on arrest records, old and non-serious convictions, and offenses that are not job related. Having written extensively on topics surrounding the use of… Read more »

Reduce the Likelihood of a Negligent Hiring Claim with Employment Criminal Background Checks

If you’re an employer, it’s likely that you have a legal obligation to provide a safe and productive work environment for employees and those who will come in contact with your organization (i.e. your customers). Simply put, employers are often liable for harm their employees inflict on others. According to the Negligent Hiring Doctrine, employers… Read more »