May 10, 2013 Quinn Thomas
More than 30 percent of companies admitted that they have not reviewed the new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines relating to criminal background checks introduced last year, according to a new survey from a national screening company.
The numbers indicate that business owners are not paying attention to the increasingly litigious realm of employee applicant screening.
According to the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the new rules are aimed at preventing employers from immediately excluding job applicants with a criminal record. The EEOC attempts to do so by forcing company executives and managers to asses applicants individually.
The source said the the main socioeconomic reason for the implementation of the policies is due to the fact that minorities are more likely to be incarcerated, therefore affecting employment across the board.
When companies are thinking about analyzing consumer credit reports and criminal records during background checks, they should consult with professional screening providers.
These companies are up-to-date on EEOC policies and can conduct proper checks that are lawful.