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The Importance of Background Checks

Do you have something in your past that is embarrassing, like being arrested for protesting for an environmental cause during your college years? Ever fail to pay a series of speeding tickets in a state in which you no longer reside? Think no one will ever find out about these things? Think again.

In the digital age, secrets are no longer safe, especially from potential employers. Vetting a potential employee is not only a smart thing to do – it’s becoming the standard for hiring practices.

There are two kinds of background checks most commonly being used today: a general background check and a criminal background check. A general background check is comprehensive and reveals information such as birth, marriage and divorce records, as well as a history of every residence a person has ever had. It also can contain such information as whether a person has ever filed for bankruptcy. General background checks also include a conviction record. Because of their complexity, a general background check often is expense to conduct.

A criminal background check focuses solely on a person’s criminal convictions. In some states, arrests are not permitted to be included on a person’s criminal history. Only if a person has actually been convicted of a crime will it be included in the history.

According to a 2012 survey conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management, 69 percent of all employers are now conducting criminal background checks on all employees. The same survey indicates that only 14 percent of employers admit to not running background checks on potential employees at all.

While it may seem unfair to potential employees to have a virtual stranger prying into their history, there are many benefits to background checks for employers. For starters, it protects the company. A childcare agency that would hire someone convicted of a child sexual offense not only risks the possibility of losing all its clients – but also of being sued if that employee engaged in any misconduct while on the job. Or what about the security firm who hires someone previously convicted of robbery? I think you can see where this is going. Background checks may seem invasive, but from an employers’ perspective, are a part of the hiring process that should never be excluded.

Background checks also can protect employees, first and foremost by providing a safe work environment. Imagine how it would feel to discover your office mate had been convicted of sexual assault, and you were now alone in the office with him after hours? How would you feel if you learned the information officer at your job – the person who had access to all of your personal information – had been convicted of identity theft? Background checks can not only protect the employer in these instances, but also the other employees within the company.

While using third-party background checking agencies is common, employers today also are simply Googling a candidate’s name to see what they may find. For this reason, social media such as Twitter and Facebook could end up costing you a job with a company if you’re not careful about what you post. A recent survey revealed that 37 percent of employers have checked out a potential employee on social media sites such as Facebook. Another 11 percent of employers said they would have checked social media sites prior to hiring a candidate except that their companies had strict policies against it. So even if you feel secure in knowing your background is squeaky clean, be careful what you tweet and post, because it, too, can come back to haunt you.

Child welfare workers couldn't prove they passed background checks, audit finds

More than half of Denver child-welfare caseworkers could not prove they had passed required background checks during a recent review, the city auditor said Thursday. Of the 60 caseworkers and supervisors whose paperwork was requested, 57 percent had ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:42:00 GMT

How a convicted murderer (and others) slipped past group home background checks

TRENTON-- Nearly eight percent of workers hired to take care of people with developmental disabilities have evaded a state law requiring they undergo a criminal background check, according to a report Tuesday by the Office of the State Auditor. Even some ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:30:00 GMT

Nevada law on background checks for gun purchases not enforced

WASHINGTON -- Gun control advocates acknowledge that the expanded background checks they want would not have prevented the Las Vegas massacre. But last week, they went to court to try to make Nevada enforce the background checks that are already on the books.

Published:  Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:57:00 GMT

Evidence That Universal Background Checks Are A Universal Failure

A handful of states have implemented universal background checks. Anti-gun researcher Garen Wintemute took a look at three states-Washington, Colorado and Delaware-and conducted a study to see what the impact of the new universal background check laws ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:26:00 GMT

DHS acknowledges problems with background checks for child welfare caseworkers

DENVER - A report from Denver's city auditor says documentation for caseworkers' background checks is lacking in the department of child welfare. The Department of Human Services responded to the findings by saying all child welfare employees complete ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:40:00 GMT

Bad News For "Universal" Background Check Supporters

Have you noticed that all the hot takes about the supposed need for more gun control have something in common Whether it's a call to limit gun ownership to two firearms or a desire to ban firearms completely, America's anti-gun pundits have no ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:46:00 GMT

Collegiate Academies didn't track employee background checks for three years

Collegiate Academies didn't track whether it had conducted background checks for its employees for three academic years, according to its annual audits and a new report by the state Department of Education. In September 2015, auditors found that an ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:16:00 GMT

Many Haunted Houses don't do background checks, but are focused on safety

CLEVELAND - It's the time of year when haunted houses pop up all around Northeast Ohio. They each have a scary name, creepy noises and a winding walkway filled with gory characters. But FOX8 wanted to find out who's behind the monster and zombie ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:50:00 GMT

Editorial: Background checks need reasonable limits

Oregon law says if a gun background check isn't completed within three days, the gun sale must be allowed. Yet meeting the deadline is often difficult to do. Last year, as an example, only 49 percent of checks were completed in three days or less, the ...

Published:  Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:05:00 GMT

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