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Verifying an individual’s background can also help reduce an employer’s risk of a negligent hiring claim. Some states have passed legislation that protects businesses from negligent hiring claims when hiring ex-offenders.
Ban the Box is in 36 jurisdictions and delays when an employer can ask about a candidate’s criminal history. There may also be requirements that may limit the types of criminal information that an employer can consider when making their hiring decision.
Employers should create policies that promote fair hiring practices. Employers are encouraged to following the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidance and consider:
- The nature and gravity of the crime
- The time that has passed since the crime or completion of the sentence
- The relationship of the crime to the worker’s ability to perform the job without reasonable cause of harm to the organization
Employers should adjust their background screening practices to fit the jobs. Note that one type of background check does not fit all positions. The background check should match the job.
Call Legal Locator Service today at 866 225-2435 or 503 697-5821 to discuss your screening needs.