Is your company looking for an easy way out when it comes to background checks in hiring decisions? The time and care taken to analyze results and consider each applicant, rather than using criminal history as a be-all-end-all factor, ends up having long-term positive consequences. What can happen from careless application of criminal background checks?…

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Many states require care workers – those working with the elderly, children, or the disabled – to have clean criminal backgrounds. Minnesota is one such state, but the Star Tribune revealed recently that 15,000 waivers have been granted to former criminals looking for such jobs. Taking additional steps away from safety, the state does not…

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On many occasions, we talk about the disparity in results from a state-level background check and with those from a national one. Education and employment history aside, state-level background checks do not always give a full picture of an individual’s criminal history. On a basic level, such a background check may only examine criminal records…

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95-percent of all hiring employers require candidates to agree to criminal background checks before being a job is officially offered. At the same time, because the pool of unemployed workers has expanded greatly over the past few years, employers are stepping up their requirements for positions, not only for skills but also for the hurdles…

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Two weeks ago, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) put out a press release about a recent study conducted. NELP studied Craigslist ads in five major cities for companies of all sizes. What they found shows that employers of all sizes are essentially implementing blanket hiring procedures through criminal background checks, whether they realize it…

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When an employer is looking to fill an opening, he or she typically posts an advertisement, screens resumes, contacts candidates, does a few rounds of interviews, and, upon offering a position, conducts a background check. In most cases, this procedure is efficient, particularly because screening all applicants is costly. County Commissioners in Laredo, Tex., however,…

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