HR 101: To Background Check or NOT to Background Check
When it comes to making hiring decision, the more information you have about a candidate, the better.
More information makes it easier to decide if the candidate will work out, but could too much information be a bad thing?
When deciding whether or not to include background checks as a part of your hiring process and which types to use, you should consider the relevancy to the specific position you are hiring for.
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 protect applicants and employees from discrimination.
One last very important point is to be consistent with your practices: You can’t pick and choose who you run background checks. This could lead to claims of discrimination and create major headaches.