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.
Posts Tagged: background screening
The human risks are present for virtually any type of driving job. However, the specific job or role related to the purpose or cargo may be considered a “high risk” driving job, and trigger deeper concerns that demand more thorough background screening.
The problem with routine background checks… As long as nothing bad happens, you are “rewarded” for doing inadequate background checks. But there are several major problems with shallow or poorly designed background checks.
Publix joins a growing list of companies that have settled class action lawsuits that alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). In this settlement, Publix admits to no violations of FCRA, but does agree to pay a total of $6.8 million. The issue in the case was the assertion that Publix failed to provide adequate… Read more »
It has to be tempting for companies who hire temporary workers for the holidays to skip or cut back on the background checks. After all, these workers are part of the extended workforce whose economic value is that they have lower on-going costs to the company. By definition, there is no long-term obligation, so why… Read more »
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is over 40 years old, but it is only recently that the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of it have spiked. And unlike traditional legal actions the FTC took against credit bureaus and reporting agencies, these more recent lawsuits target check authorization services, banks, retailers, grocers, and… Read more »
Even in this era of compliance, compliance, compliance, the most important job of an HR professional is to make a good hire. The right hire for the job leads to a good employee. In order to make the right choice, you need to know the truth about your applicants. Applicants, at the same time, have… 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 »
So, you want to know if your prospective employee has a criminal past? Looking into the criminal history of job applicants is a smart hiring practice. Given the high proportion of adult Americans with criminal records (the National Employment Law Project estimates 1 in four adults has a record of some kind), it is likely… Read more »
Despite how some may make it sound, spreading Ban the Box laws do not prohibit employers from using criminal background checks. Instead, the laws are designed to keep the question, “Have you been convicted of a crime?” off job applications to give applicants with a criminal history a greater chance of getting through an employer’s… Read more »