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

Nick Fishman

Trends Image

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:

Candidates with Criminal Records

These findings are quite similar to those of last year’s survey, with one notable exception: the percentage of respondents who chose the “>20%” category fell from 32% last year to 21% this year, the largest variation by far in any category year over year. All other categories remained within a few percentage points of last year’s responses.

These findings directly refute the theory of the Equal Opportunity Commission and advocates of those with criminal records that any conviction will cause an individual to be unemployable. The facts simply don’t support their narrative.

Obviously, employers aren’t disqualifying large numbers of job candidates simply because of criminal convictions. Employers continue to consider other factors such as the severity of the crimes, whether the crimes are related to the jobs being sought, the amount of time since the conviction, and whether the candidate is a repeat offender. Indeed, the EEOC recommends that employers use all of these criteria when making hiring decisions.

Check out all of the findings from our 2015 survey by clicking on the button below.


Download the Results Here!

Nick Fishman
Follow Me

Nick Fishman

Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
Nick Fishman
Follow Me
Tweet
Share
Email
Share