As an HR person or small business owner, what employment screening worries are on your mind?
- Laws and regulations change and are hard to keep up with
- Audits, workplace investigations and fines
- Unemployment is low and competition for employees challenging, tempted to hire riskier
- Using “instant” online background screening that may not cover due diligence
- Data breaches and information security
- Untrained personnel verifying information
There are more employment screening worries with ICE
ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations opened more than 4 times as many worksite investigations in the fiscal year 2018 than it did in 2017. They also originated more than 4 times as many FORM I-9 audits in fiscal year 2018 than it did in 2017. Overall, investigations, I-9 audits and arrests resulting from worksite investigations were up 300-750% from the previous fiscal year. If that is not enough to convince you, businesses paid over $97 million in judicial forfeitures, fines and restitution in fiscal year 2017!
ICE is responsible to enforce laws that were established by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) to help reduce illegal employment, the crimes associated with it and worker exploitation.
Employment screening worries with competition for new hires
With unemployment so low, some employers are more willing to hire candidates with a criminal background. When you consider that up to 1 in 3 Americans have some type of criminal record, eliminating them from consideration is going to greatly reduce your candidate pool! Whether or not you are considering hiring an ex-offender, Ban-the-Box laws prohibit asking about criminal records before an interview. The purpose of this law is to allow ex-offenders to show their knowledge and skills before they are automatically eliminated from consideration.
No matter what your employment screening worries are, use a professional CRA
Partnering with a professional CRA (Consumer Reporting Agency) that has the services you need to fill in your HR gaps can be an economical solution. The right CRA partner can provide you with convenient drug testing locations, help you recruit, integrate your system, perform background screening, provide education and license verification and support throughout the hiring process.
Feel confident that you are bringing the best hire into your company by having done due diligence both legally and ethically for your employees and customers. A professional CRA partner pays for itself by avoiding costly hiring mistakes. For a free consultation or more information, contact Genesis Background Screening Services at 866 944-0041 ext 101. Online, email or visit www.genesisbackgroundscreening.com. You can sign up to be emailed whenever we post a new blog at https://genesisbackgroundscreening.com/blog/
Genesis Background Screening is not a law firm and provides our blogs for informational purposes only. Blog is not a substitute for experienced legal advice. Research laws or regulations mentioned in our blogs and ask your legal counsel any questions you have to be sure your organization is within the law and compliant with regulations.
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