During the hiring process, employers provide prospective applicants with a variety of documents. Indeed, most employers require that applicants complete an employment application and authorize the employer to conduct a background check, a drug test, or both. Although this is an expected and widely accepted practice, many employers do not know that their application and background-check authorization forms – if not in compliance with state and federal law – may subject them to liability.
When conducting background checks on current employees, especially those who are under consideration for promotion, here are some items to consider:
There are a few categories of workers in this country that requires a background check by law. For the most part, public school employees, healthcare workers, casino employees, and a host of others in certain job categories must have background checks done. That list includes commercial drivers. For the vast majority of workers in the country, however, a background check is done not because it is required by law, but because the employer feels it is a wise policy. That is smart.
For many, life was a lot simpler decades ago. Granted, the advancements in technology and medicine didn’t seem to come as quickly as they do now. And we probably all wonder how we ever lived without cell phones. But the slower pace is something people these days probably wouldn’t mind experiencing every now and then.
If you accept resumes, we recommend that you also require the completion of a job application. Here’s why:
Class-action lawsuits against employers are becoming more common because plaintiffs (job applicants and current employees) are claiming that violations of the Fair Credit Reports Act have occurred.
Businesses that operate multiple locations have a variety of challenges when it comes to human resources, especially if job interviews and background checks are handled at each individual site. It is crucial that you establish a consistent hiring process, regardless of how many locations you have.
Not all job applicants will have a work history as an employee. Some, for instance, may have been self-employed. Others, like many young applicants, may simply not have worked for a company before.
Recent surveys of employers indicate that more than 50% of applicants misrepresent themselves on resumes. For obvious reasons, job seekers tell you only what they want to admit.
Many employers hire part-time workers during the summer months. Often, these are high school and college students. Should you do background checks on them similar to those for older adults seeking full-time employment? The answer is YES!