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Survey Says . . . 50% of Employers Have Hired People with Criminal Records

Nick Fishman

A CareerBuilder survey released today revealed that 51% of human resource managers reported that they have hired someone with a criminal record.  This finding doesn’t surprise me in the least.  We’ve said all along that the mere presence of a criminal record on an employment background check shouldn’t automatically disqualify an individual and these findings validate employers’ responsible use of employee background checks.  Generally, an employer will look at things such as the nature and severity of the offense, have recently it occurred, if the person was a repeat offender and job relatedness to determine hiring eligibility.

This data clearly refutes the National Employment Law Project’s contention that the 65 million Americans with criminal records are deemed unemployable.  The fact that the polling was conducted between May and June of 2012 also suggests that employers were engaged in responsible screening before the EEOC released their new guidelines on the proper use of criminal background checks at the end April.

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Seattle Really Is Trying to Ban Criminal Background Checks

Angela Preston

The proposed ordinance is a drastic measure that would create an unprecedented legal standard. The legal standard proposed in the new ordinance goes far beyond what the courts, Congress and even the EEOC require an employer to consider.

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Employment Background Checks: There’s An App For That

Nick Fishman

We know that HR professionals are constantly looking to increase their awareness on the latest pre-employment background screening industry trends, legislation, compliance and best practice tips.  And while we are proud to offer these resources on our website and through EmployeeScreen University, we know that you don’t always have the luxury of sitting in front of your computer.

So now, there’s an app for that!

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