Posts Tagged: criminal records

How Well Do You Understand How to Use Criminal Records for Employment Screening?

Criminal Records for Employment Screening

As an HR manager or employer, chances are good you use criminal background checks to inform your hiring decisions. A new study from the National Association of Professional Background Screeners found that 96% of employers use some form of background check on their employees and 94% of those use criminal background checks. While your hope… Read more »

The What’s What of Criminal Records [Infographic]

Criminal-Records-Infographic

Employers use criminal records checks to help assess a candidate’s background when making decisions about promotions, new hires, or contractual relationships. Looking at a person’s criminal history can help ensure the person doesn’t pose an undue risk to customers, other employees, or the public at large. Depending on the risk associated with the position you’re… Read more »

Employment Screening FAQ Series: Do We Have to Follow FCRA Guidelines?

Today we continue our spotlight on some of the most frequently-asked questions we hear from employers concerning their use of employment background checks. This time, we focus on the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Let’s start with a definition. The FCRA of 1970 was enacted to promote the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer… Read more »

Should You Check Your Employees’ Federal Criminal Record Backgrounds?

Hiring a new employee is a complex, multifaceted undertaking. On top of identifying a qualified candidate who will be the right cultural fit, it is also your responsibility to build a safe and productive workforce. One way to improve your hiring decisions is through background checks, including criminal records searches. A typical criminal records check… Read more »

How to Use Arrest and Conviction Records When Hiring Employees

“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 »

The Employer’s Dilemma: Job Applicants with Criminal Records [Infographic]

According to National Employment Law Project (NELP), more than 1 in 4 U.S. adults have a criminal record. As an employer, this means you have a very high chance of encountering applicants and employees whose past you may need to consider in making an employment-related decision. The dilemma is significant: On one hand, the EEOC… Read more »

Is Background Screening Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place?

Employers are sometimes forced to walk a narrow line between treating applicants with criminal backgrounds fairly and minimizing hiring risks. The problem is that the employers will be held accountable if something goes wrong on either side of this path. They can be sued for negligent hiring if an employee goes berserk, and they can… Read more »

Court Rules Against EEOC in ‘Disparate Impact’ Case

In a stunning setback to the credibility of the EEOC’s enforcement of employers’ use of credit and criminal records, on August 9th, Judge Roger Titus of the U.S. District Court for Maryland dismissed the nationwide pattern or practice lawsuit brought by the EEOC against Freeman, Inc. The EEOC had alleged the corporate events service provider unlawfully… Read more »

The Takeaway for Employers from JB Hunt’s EEOC Settlement

The recent EEOC filing of race discrimination for employment practices against JB Hunt Transport, Inc., one of the largest freight companies in America, is clearly bad news for JB Hunt and those impacted by what may have been discriminatory practices. But its settlement of these charges in late June may provide a worthwhile blueprint for… Read more »