In order to help more American job seekers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a set of guidelines for companies who conduct background checks on candidates. When a hiring manager asks a potential employee to undergo a check, the steps are being taken to protect the company and its staff. Businesses such as short term lenders can avoid risky situations by implementing a screening policy.
Mark Fijman, writing for Blue Maumau, says that employers should take extra precautions during the background check process to ensure they are following regulations. Companies are now only allowed to ask about past history related to the job and its responsibilities. Fijman states that screenings are widely used by businesses today because they can prevent fraud, violence or theft in the workplace. However, managers will now have to be careful when asking about an applicant's past, as this can create problems for the company if the inquiry is not deemed to be job-related. Products such as Microbilt's Background Check researches and reviews a variety of reports pertaining to an individual, including past employment, criminal history, credit scores and education verifications. This can help employers make educated hiring decisions.