Officials from one Canadian nonprofit organization say that delays in background screenings are forcing them to lose out on hiring some potentially qualified candidates to fill open positions.
The Winnipeg Free Press reports the Direct Action in Support of Community Homes (DASCH) is having a tough time making hires because the background checks
take several weeks to complete. The CEO of DASCH, Karen Fonseth, says that the system to vet candidates has been implemented poorly and that more than 50 applications were on file waiting to be processed. "It's ridiculous," said Fonseth in an interview with the newspaper. "People can't wait five to six weeks to get a job, let alone five to six months." The new system was enacted more than a year ago and requires people looking employment to submit fingerprints so that they can be run through a sex offender registry. In the United States, lawmakers have been making headlines when it comes to forcing employers to run stricter background screenings. The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee recently passed HR 2885, requiring all new workers to be vetted using the government's E-Verify program