More employers are embracing the use of criminal background checks as a way to protect the company from potential hires that may put the business at risk.
The following article was authored by Matthew Korn and Stephen Mitchell, partners with the law firm of Fisher & Phillips. The article focuses on a report written by the National Consumer Law Center, (NCLC): “Broken Records: How Errors By Criminal Background Checking Companies Harm Workers and Businesses.” This is a very informative article on the legal pros and cons of criminal background checks as part of your employment process.
In April 2012, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) published a report titled “Broken Records: How Errors By Criminal Background Checking Companies Harm Workers and Businesses.” The report urges the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to use their rule making authority under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to further regulate employers and criminal background check companies.
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The report highlights several potential issues with background checks; however, many of the NCLC’s recommendations are not based on empirical data, but rather a few case studies that support the goals of the organization. Read the full story.
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