How to Maintain Hiring and Background Checks Amid COVID-19

The closure of courts during the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in accessing criminal records for those looking to hire employees. There has been discussion about finding a “balanced risk,” with some leaning heavily on a national criminal background check, rather than a state- or jurisdiction-based model. This trade-off between fast and safe hiring is not necessary, however, and there are steps employers can take to help arm themselves with vital knowledge and resources. They should: Stay abreast of the situation using online resources, understand the role and impact of background screening; take advantage of flexible; no-commitment contracts; understand the risks of a bad hire; connect and collaborate; and hire and onboard remotely where possible.

 

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