How far back should background checks go?


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The background screening industry is a highly unregulated industry which has resulted in low quality products and services. Most background screening firms provide a limited 7 year search. Our webinar will explore the reasons a background check should be limited and when it should not. We will also model what a best practices background check should look like.

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  • How far back should background checks go?

    1. 1. How Far Back Should Background Checks Go?<br />Select speakers or Phone on Webinar tab<br />The Webinar will begin shortly. While you are waiting please answer the following question using Twitter: @SHSscreening<br />Do you consider the age of the criminal record as a key factor in your adverse action decision? Use #crimrecord<br />
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    11. 11. Background Screening Industry<br />Highly unregulated<br />Low quality products<br />Low quality service<br />Provides what market wants instead of what market needs<br />
    12. 12. Background Screening Assumptions<br />Background checks provide all criminal records<br />All names included<br />National database is complete<br />Fingerprint will tell us everything<br />
    13. 13. What Impacts Reporting of Criminal Records?<br /><ul><li> FCRA
    14. 14. EEOC
    15. 15. State Law Restrictions
    16. 16. Change in Disposition
    17. 17. Court Policies</li></li></ul><li>Fair Credit Reporting Act<br />Applies to all forms of background screening if using CRA<br />Protects consumers<br />Requires use of “up-to-date” information<br />One click criminal database searches NOT compliant<br />Verify information with court of record<br />Does NOT apply to volunteers<br />
    18. 18. FCRA Limitations<br />Limits arrest/ non-conviction report to 7 years; unless<br />Salary is $75K or above<br />No limit on convictions<br />
    19. 19. EEOC Requirements<br />Limits use of non-convictions<br />Conviction alone is not enough<br />3 pronged approach:<br />Nature of crime & time since committed <br />Position sought<br />How crime impacts position<br />
    20. 20. State Law Restrictions<br />States can further restrict FCRA<br />12 states restrict reporting of criminal records to 7 years; <br />7 of those states only restrict if salary is $20K or less<br />
    21. 21. Why Do We Have 7 Year Rule?<br />FCRA was amended in 1998 to remove 7 year limit on convictions<br />State restrictions for employment<br />Why does 7 yr rule exist when majority of states have no restrictions?<br />
    22. 22. Additional Issues Impacting Reporting<br />States destroying misdemeanor records after 10 years <br />Expungement<br />Sealed<br />Juvenile Record<br />Archived<br />Varies by state & even county<br />
    23. 23. So how far back should background checks go?<br />As far back as possible<br />Complete picture of applicant<br />Compare to application: dishonesty always grounds for denial<br />Laws and restrictions do not apply to volunteers<br />
    24. 24. Volunteers<br />No restrictions on volunteers<br />Can report all arrests, non-convictions & convictions<br />We create employment & volunteer packages so we know if record is reportable<br />
    25. 25. Where Does That Leave Us?<br />Partner with trusted screening firm who will:<br />Search as far back as possible<br />Filter records<br />Keep you current in ever-changing laws<br />Committed to integrity of FCRA<br />Need policy based on EEOC 3 pronged approach<br />
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