U. of Akron Reverses Field on DNA for Background Checks

Nick Fishman

200px-Gataca_Movie_Poster_BSorry that we are a little late to the game on this one.  We are in the process of updgrading our blog and decided to maintain full radio silence until the migration of data took place.  Well, it’s taking way to long, so you’ll just have to listen to us again.

We posted a story a couple weeks ago about the University of Akron’s controversial decision to take DNA samples from prospective employees in case it was ever needed for background checks.  The policy reminded us the 1997 movie GATTACA starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law.  Predictably, they kind of fell on their face on this one (kind of like the movie), unless as I maintain in an earlier post that this was all about publicity.  Now they’ve reversed field on the policy and instead have reserved the right to take DNA if law enforcement should ever need it for criminal investigations.  I’m still scratching my head over the fall back position, because if the police have reasonable suspicion, they’ll get a court order to get a suspect’s DNA anyway.  I guess they want to make the submission of DNA in the event of investigation a mandatory condition of employment.  Either that or they want to test all employees’ DNA if a crime is committed on campus.

Strange happenings indeed.

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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.
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