Criminal Records

Will a Minor Possession Charge Show Up on a Job Seeker’s Criminal Background Check?

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Employers naturally have a lot invested in the hiring process for their company. They want to make sure they select the very best employee whenever possible.

This of course means ensuring that the person brought in to fill the vacancy is the right fit for the culture of your company, and also does not pose any risk to your business or other employees. This is why it is crucial to understand what is involved in the criminal background check process. Your business invests time and money every time it screens a potential employee, so it is good to understand the possible results of a background check.

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Keeping the People’s Pope Safe: Pope Francis, Volunteers, and Background Checks

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In case you haven’t been tuned in, the country has Pope Francis fever. When Pope Francis arrived in the U.S. this week for a six day visit, he was greeted by a blur of media coverage and was surrounded by an unprecedented army of law enforcement, secret service, and security professionals brought in to manage the crowds and deal with the millions of people who are expected to turn out to see the Pontiff in his Popemobile.

You might be wondering what the Pope’s visit has to do with background checks. Consider this: when the Pope appears at the World Meeting of Families event being held September 26 and 27th in Philadelphia, crowds are expected to close to 2 million people.  And apparently the Papal Father does not like to be confined—he’s known for his propensity to wander with the people. He’s a touchy-feely, hands-on kind of guy. Fun fact: no selfie sticks are allowed near the Pope.

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Will an Arrest Show Up in a Background Check?

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What Employers Needs to Know About Using Arrest Records in a Background Check

Nowadays, employers have a heightened concern about arrest records. They want to know if they will show up on a background check, if it will be clear on the report that the record found is not a conviction and of course, what should they do when an arrest is reported.

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Fewer Employers Asking Candidates to Divulge Criminal History

Trends in Employment Background Checks

For the sixth consecutive year, EmployeeScreenIQ surveyed U.S.-based employers regarding their use of employee background checks. As with our previous surveys, the 2015 survey was designed to provide a reliable snapshot of:

    How employers currently utilize background checks. How they respond to adverse findings on background checks. Their paramount screening-related concerns. And their practices concerning Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) responsibilities, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance, and evolving ban the box legislation.

Today, I’d like to share our findings as to employers ask candidates to divulge criminal history prior to the background check. Take a look at the information below:

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5 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Employment Background Checks

Time to Upgrade Your Background Screening Program

How do you know if it’s time for your company to upgrade its employment background checks? Whether it’s that uneasy feeling you get when you desperately need the results of a candidate’s criminal background check—and your screening provider isn’t answering the phone. Or maybe more than a few candidates have disputed the results of their background check—you’ve sensed that it’s time to search for a better option.

Keep reading for five signs that it might be time to upgrade your pre-employment background screening program.

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State of Ohio Bans the Box for Civil Service Jobs

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While the state legislature has not yet weighed in on the issue, the Buckeye State has taken one step closer to embracing “ban the box.” Effective June 1, state civil service applications no longer include the check box asking job applicants about their criminal history. The question has reportedly been removed from both online and paper applications. (more…)

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Is Finding a Criminal Record like Looking for a Needle in a Haystack?

Searching for Criminal Records

Finding a candidate who is a good fit for your company is difficult enough—once you’ve found that candidate, you still need to perform an employment background check to ensure that nothing in their past will interfere with their job. For employers who have even a basic understanding of criminal background checks, you might still wonder how your background screening provider is able to find a record with so many resources available.

In truth, finding a criminal record is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Fortunately for employers, a background screening provider that follows best practices will not only find a candidate’s criminal record but will also verify that the information reported is accurate. Keep reading to learn four ways background screening companies find criminal records and ultimately, deliver the results to you.

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Survey Results: Is a Criminal Record an Automatic Bar to Employment?

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For the sixth consecutive year, EmployeeScreenIQ surveyed U.S.-based employers regarding their use of employee background checks. As with our previous surveys, the 2015 survey was designed to provide a reliable snapshot of:

    How employers currently utilize background checks. How they respond to adverse findings on background checks. Their paramount screening-related concerns. And their practices concerning Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) responsibilities, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance, and evolving ban the box legislation.

Today, I’d like to share our findings as to how often candidates with criminal records are being denied employment based on the convictions found when and employment background check is conducted. Take a look at the information below:

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When Your Job Candidate Asks About the Background Check

Background Screening Questions

Most job candidates will have many questions for an employer throughout the hiring process—including questions about the employment background check. Do you have the answers?

Ultimately, knowing these answers benefits you, your company and candidates. Being transparent throughout the hiring process as a whole, and especially during the background screening process greatly affects your candidate experience. The following are questions that you should be prepared to answer about your background checks.

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2015 Annual Background Screening Trends Survey Webinar Q&A

EmployeeScreenIQ held a webinar on April 22 to discuss our Annual Background Screening Trends Survey. The survey unveils new insights into the minds of HR professionals and their experience with criminal background checks, resume lies, background screening compliance, social media background checks and more. Our webinar revealed how your peers and competitors are handling their employment screening process, their greatest screening challenges and how they stay compliant with “ban the box” legislation—or even what they’re failing to do.

Our webinar attendees asked so many great questions about background check compliance that we weren’t able to answer during the allotted hour. We wanted to make sure nothing went unanswered, so our Vice President of Compliance and General Counsel Angela Preston responded below to the questions we didn’t get a chance to discuss during the webinar.

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