Once you get to the point in the interview process where you execute the background check, you want answers quickly. The applicant has passed a lot of hurdles on the way to the new job, and may be juggling a decision between several offers. You as the employer are eager to get going on training… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Criminal Background Checks
Learn how to better navigate the competing pressures of insurance requirements and the desire to reduce the risk of discrimination under employment law.
Make no mistake about it: employment law aims to get employers to hire ex-offenders. At the Federal level, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) combine for a one-two punch that targets the outcomes of hiring as well as the hiring process itself.
It’s worth the time and expense to know your CXO candidate as well as you possibly can. This is one hiring situation where relying on your instincts or having a ‘good feeling’ about someone just isn’t enough to make a solid hiring decision.
With the proliferation of Ban the Box laws in states and cities across the nation, we thought it would be a good idea to try to summarize the movement.
“Innocent until proven guilty” is the cornerstone of our criminal justice system. Our courts have spent a lot of time defining what constitutes proof, but the basic point is clear. The same principle applies to the difference between arrest records and convictions as applied to employment decisions under EEOC guidance: “The fact that an individual… Read more »
There’s no doubt that the most important thing about background screening is to get the accurate, relevant information you need to make good employment decisions. But even if we take this central goal as a given, the method you use to get the information can have a big impact on your direct cost, staff productivity,… Read more »
A few months ago, Facebook announced that it had 128 million daily unique users in the United States. That’s over 1/3 of the population who viewed, updated, and shared personal bits of information with a network of “friends”, each of whom has his or her own network. Inevitably, a lot of the people on Facebook—and… Read more »
Most employers today use background screening to help make good decisions in hiring or other employment issues, and criminal background is one of the most important factors to consider. Getting this information—and getting it right—is a lot more challenging than you might think. The U.S. has thousands of distinct and sometimes overlapping jurisdictions where arrests… Read more »
As you may already be aware, the EEOC is advising employers to use individualized assessments in cases where criminal history might be used to exclude a job applicant. The aim of the EEOC is to induce employers to look more at individual factors that might mitigate the impact of a conviction to avoid discrimination, and… Read more »