Pre employment criminal background checks have reached record numbers as roughly 17 million FBI background checks for employment background screening and licensing purposes were conducted in 2012. To date, the use of FBI data has been limited to employers that fall under state and federal laws to gain access for pre employment screening purposes. The FBI’s database has been under fire for several years for incomplete and inaccurate information as several government studies point out its inaccuracies. Employers need to take a closer look at the limited information they receive from conducting bare minimum criminal background checks to satisfy federal and state mandatory requirements.
The October publication of the Workplace Violence Prevention eReport was just released from the National Institution for the Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc. The publication includes several reports of workplace violence incidents and includes education resources to better prepare employers and the public in case of an unthinkable act of violence in the workplace.
Criminal background checks have become a vital part of the screening process for employers striving to achieve due diligence for the purposes of increasing workplace safety and reducing the potential of negligent hiring litigation. There are thousands of criminal courts across the United States, each with its own court structure. For employers, it is critical to understand the availability and limitations of criminal history data and knowing where the data can be found.