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Background screening policy should be effectively implemented

Jul 19, 2012 Philip Burgess

Background checks for potential employees offer many advantages for business, such as short term lending companies. These screenings can uncover any instances of past criminal activity that could jeopardize the firm and its current employees. However, due to some recent abuse of pre-employment checks, businesses are reminded to make sure screenings are effectively and fairly given. According to Accounting Web, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released guidelines aimed at educating companies on conducting background checks. The EEOC says that since individuals are more likely to have some sort of criminal record today than 20 years ago, employers should take this into consideration when making hiring decisions. Smaller charges that are not relevant to job responsibilities can sometimes be overlooked if the applicant has the necessary skills. Also, businesses should refrain from inquiring about convictions when job seekers are filling out applications, as background screenings will reveal this information, reports the news source. However, despite these guidelines from the EEOC, companies should still carefully look at screenings and determine whether an individual can perform a job to the best of their ability if they have a criminal record. Microbilt's background checks research a variety of data sources and present the findings to employers so they can make an educated decision.