Should Pre-Employment Background Checks Be Legal?

Pre-Employment Background Checks, Should They Be Legal?

As you may already know, employers are allowed to ask questions regarding criminal history on their job applications, but according to a recent article in Human Resource Executive Online, some cities and states are taking action to prohibit these questions. Those working to prohibit queries about criminal convictions claim that not having those questions on the application will help to level the playing field for job seekers who have made past mistakes.

Of course, we always encourage doing a background check on someone with whom you're considering working, partnering, or going into business. Many people with criminal records do not disclose their history on their employment application. This, in itself, is grounds for termination. It is important to note that simply running a background check for pre-employment is not legal in some areas of the United States.  A prospective employer is allowed to have a background check conducted to verify information they were told by the applicant.

Pre-employment Screening: Find Qualified Candidates and Reduce Employee Turnover

Background checks will help you gain a larger perspective on an individual and are especially crucial for gathering information about service professionals who will be in your home while you're at work, such as nannies, caregivers, pet sitters, house keepers, and personal assistants who have access to your private and sensitive information.

Professional background checks, when performed by licensed private investigators, are legal, accurate and reliable, and can uncover the following:

  • Bankruptcies
  • Criminal records
  • Sex offender status
  • Civil suits and judgments

Our mission and purpose is to help clients gain peace of mind as they enter important relationships.

We would be happy to speak with you confidentially to design a background check that is unique to your purposes. We offer free consultations as well, so please call or write with any questions.

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