Employee Background Checks: New Considerations and Best Practices

Risk Research Bulletin | May 2011 | 0 Comments  Average 0 out of 5

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Background checks can provide employers with assurance that their new hires are who they say they are. However, overusing background checks can lead to discrimination litigation. This UE report presents best practices for conducting necessary, legal background checks, including these guidelines to protect your institution from potential liability:

  • Develop a policy on background checks.
  • Eliminate a blanket ban on hiring anyone with a criminal record or poor credit. Allow the candidate to explain any red flags in their background.
  • Choose a reputable company and do not assume the complete accuracy of background checks.
  • Conduct background checks on any faculty, staff, contractor, and volunteers.

For more information about best practices for background checks, read the report.


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