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Are criminal background checks worth the effort anymore?

Our team of experts fields real-life, everyday questions from HR managers and gives practical answers that can be applied by any HR pro in the same situation. Today’s issue: Conducting criminal background checks in light of the feds’ recent guidance.

Q: With the EEOC cracking down on criminal background check procedures, is it even worth it to still to conduct them?

A: Yes, for four reasons, say Hayes Hunt (hhunt@cozen.com) and Jonathan Cavalier (jcavalier@cozen.com) on From the Sidebar:

  • Some jobs, including those in finance, health care, government, child care and teaching, require criminal background checks and the disqualification of candidates convicted of certain crimes.
  • Background screenings can help reduce disciplinary issues, reduce turnover and increasing staff member satisfaction by increasing the quality of people you bring in the door.
  • You can be held responsible for injuries and damages caused by staff if you’ve failed to exercise care in hiring. Examples range from a hiring a truck driver with a number of DUIs who then causes an accident to hiring convicted stalker who harasses a colleague.
  • Violence in the workplace has increased in recent years. Background checks can help eliminate potential employees with anger management issues.
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