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Fewer Employers Asking Candidates to Divulge Criminal History

Nick Fishman

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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Marijuana Legalization: It’s High Time for Employers to Review Drug Testing Policies

Nick Fishman

Capture

Earlier this year, the headline of a Washington Post editorial declared, “Pot is increasingly legal. Employers need to stop screening for it.”

While the first statement is undeniably true, it’s no reason for you to stop testing employees and applicants for marijuana—even if you are in a state that has legalized medical marijuana or recreational use of the drug.

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Dylann Roof’s Background Check: Quality Takes Time

Angela Preston

Criminal Background Check

It’s a heartbreaking story. Every time a shooter like the alleged killer Dylann Roof becomes unhinged and takes innocent lives, we, as a nation, mourn. What makes the story even worse is to think that it all might have been prevented by taking more time with the background check.

Roof is accused of killing nine people at a church in South Carolina three weeks ago. Last Friday, FBI Director James B. Comey said Roof was able to purchase the gun used in the attack only because of lapses in the FBI’s background-check system. In a statement last week, Comey said “This case rips all of our hearts out. But the thought that an error on our part is connected to this guy’s purchase of a gun that he used to slaughter these good people is very painful to us.”

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