Posts Tagged: Criminal Background Checks

EEOC and FTC Publish Guides on Using Employment Background Checks

Some time ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the publication of “joint tips” on using background checks in hiring. One of the two co-published guides is for employers, titled Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know. The other is for job applicants and employees: Background Checks: What Job… Read more »

The Value of a Quality Employment Background Check

Since 9/11 the number of background checks performed on job applicants and employees has ballooned, for reasons ranging from heightened security concerns to legal mandates to conduct background checks. Coinciding with this, the amount of digital information available about individuals has increased many times over, and the Internet has given us easier access to it…. Read more »

4 Key Criteria for Evaluating an Applicant’s Criminal History

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EEOC policy and the various Ban the Box statutes around the country share the common characteristic of requiring employers to adopt background screening procedures that are sensitive to individual-level circumstances. For example, the EEOC Guidance, which is important because Federal law pre-empts state and local statutes regarding discrimination, recommends using a so called, individualized assessment… Read more »

Target Corporation Subject of EEOC Complaints Regarding Use of Criminal Background Checks

The Star Tribune reported last week on recent complaints to the EEOC alleging Target Corporation discriminates against applicants with criminal records. The NAACP and TakeAction Minnesota accused Target of unfair hiring practices in 10 formal complaints filed last Wednesday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The two groups are accusing Target of denying… 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 »

What Happens When an Employee Commits Another Crime?

Whether a government entity or a private employer, learning that one of your employees has been arrested for a serious crime is not news you want to hear.  Especially when you discover it wasn’t the employee’s first offense. In late August officials of the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts found themselves in a precarious public… Read more »

[SLIDESHOW] The Triple Threat to Your Employment Background Screening Program

Does your background screening program hold up against the threats of regulation, legislation, and litigation? We recently presented a two-part series on the “triple threat” of EEOC and FTC regulation, state and federal legislation, and private party litigation in the context of corporate employment background screening programs. A slideshow combining both parts of the series… Read more »

Key Takeaways from the New EEOC Guidance on Employment Criminal Records

On April 25, 2012 the EEOC issued its much-anticipated updated enforcement guidelines on employers’ use of criminal records (arrest and conviction records) in the employment screening process. Since then we’ve received many phone calls and emails asking questions about what this all means. The guidance specifically relates to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act… Read more »

Pepsi is Latest to Face EEOC’s Aggressive Stance on Employment Criminal Records

Ask any HR professional to name a company they admire and you’ll likely hear the name Pepsi. Long known for its leadership in quality HR practices, it comes as no surprise to us that the Pepsi organization was among the targets of the EEOC’s more aggressive stance concerning the use of employment criminal records. Employers… Read more »