Has employeescreenIQ Flipped on Criminal Database Searches?
August 4, 2008
Okay admit it, the headline grabbed your attention. We just posted an article on employeescreen University advocating the use of Criminal Database searches. For those loyal followers of employeescreenIQ, this might seem like a flip flop. I can assure that it is not. We are still opposed to National Criminal Database searches as the sole method when conducting a criminal background check. Where we see a tremendous value is when this search is used in conjunction or as a complement to a thorough county criminal records search dictated by the names and residences of the subject.
I’ve posted an excerpt of the article below.
Background Screening Paradigm Shift: Time to Embrace National Criminal Database Search?
With our presidential election around the corner, both John McCain and Barack Obama are lobbing claims of flip-flopping on the issues back and forth in order to discredit the other. Considering that we have always criticized the national databases as a standalone research tool, I thought now might be a nice time to publicly do one of our own: Is it Time to Embrace the National Criminal Database Search?
The mere hint of this question might cause long time followers of our exquisite literary works (translation: endless and incessant rants), to wonder what is going on in this bizarro universe. So let’s get it out there. employeescreenIQ has been opposed to conducting National Criminal Database Searches as the sole resource for a criminal background check. That position has not and will not change. Where we have become not-so-publicly enlightened up until now is the benefit of conducting such a search as a complement to a thorough criminal record search.