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Administration Assistant at Rapid Results Background Check Solutions 

The Ethical Questions Around Background Checks

An important factor to any company’s growth is hiring new people.  When you have potential new employees lined up in the hiring process, what do you look for in them? The answer may vary depending on what sort of business you run or help manage. Regardless I believe the two core principles every company looks for in a new employee are: Reliability and Trustworthiness. This is why running background checks on all applicants is crucial to the success and future of a company.  It also raises a whole slew of questions within the realm of ethical and moral decision making. When running a background check a good number of folks may come back with a clean record and hold no criminal offenses. Others may hold a different story. Below are two different scenarios that you may just come across. In the first scenario, imagine you are working for a hospital and need to hire more people to handle the increase in patients seeking treatment or care. While sifting through the applicants, you may find one or m ...

Background Checks What Employers Need to Know

A joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission -  Background Checks What Employers Need to Know A joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission When making personnel decisions - including hiring, retention, promotion, and reassignment - employers sometimes want to consider the backgrounds of applicants and employees. For example, some employers might try to find out about the person's work history, education, criminal record, financial history, medical history, or use of social media. Except for certain restrictions related to medical and genetic information (see below), it's not illegal for an employer to ask questions about an applicant's or employee's background, or to require a background check. However, any time you use an applicant's or employee's background information to make an employment decision, regardless of how you got the information, you must comply with federal laws that protec ...