In recent months, many stories have illustrated the importance of background checks in business, education and volunteer opportunities. Because of issues with staff that could have been avoided had the proper checks been put in place, employers are realizing that using best practices when screening prospective employees is critical.
The Sun Sentinel recently reported that Deerfield Beach officials have fired more than 15 people who had formerly been volunteer coaches because of new background check standards that left them ineligible. Though several members of the community have spoken out against the decision, many view is as an extra piece of safety to protect children and the elderly. The news provider explains that the new legislation pertaining to background screening extended how far back in a volunteer's past former convictions could deem them ineligible. One example was a volunteer who, while on drugs, tried to steal a lawnmower and was convicted in the mid-nineties. Often, background checks that err on the side of caution are the best to protect the public and businesses who are hiring individuals. Regardless of how stringent they are, the major issues facing U.S. society in recent months, such as gun control, illustrate the importance of strong checks and balances.