Jacqueline McClure, Genesis Background Screening Services
Can People With An Outstanding Arrest Warrant Buy A Gun and Why Is That My Problem?
Unfortunately, with so much violence this year, this is an issue that employers need to think about more for workplace safety and security.
It appears that there is a lot of confusion when it comes to determining who can be prohibited from owning a firearm.
This year, the FBI has removed thousands of people from their criminal background check database that were previously considered fugitives from justice and wanted by law enforcement officials. This happened because the FBI has altered their interpretation of who is a “fugitive from justice.” Now they define it more specifically as wanted people who have crossed state lines. So…thousands of people who were blocked from legally purchasing or receiving guns are now able to buy them unless there is something else on their record that would prevent it.
Obviously, the previous system in place has not been full-proof either – it is obvious how mistakes in NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) has serious ramifications.
How Reliable Are Online Background Screening Reports?
The accuracy of background screening reports depends on getting the best verifiable information available. It is tempting to go the do-it-yourself route by using the inexpensive information that can be accessed online, but it can be very difficult to get accurate information that is relevant for your job opening while staying in legal compliance. Some of the most important information you need is not easily available to the general public and many of the online resources do not keep up-to-date with arrest and conviction records. Without an experienced Background Analyst to interpret the reports, you may not get a clear picture of your candidate.
How Do I Know Which Background Reports I need?
Job requirements are a good dictator of which reports you need, it is not a one-size-fits all situation. The higher the level, authority, access to information, involvement with financial resources, the more thorough and intensive you will want your screening. Even some lower level jobs may require extensive screening if they are working with resources or vulnerable people.
For more help to make sure your company’s policy is in compliance with the laws and regulations for your state, you can consult with an experienced CRA (Consumer Reporting Agency) that has the services you need to fill in your HR gaps. The right partner can help you recruit, integrate your system, perform background screening, drug testing at convenient locations, and provide support throughout the process. Not only can you feel confident that you are bringing the best hire into your company, but you will know that you have done due diligence both legally and ethically for your employees and customers. In addition to accomplishing this at a price that fits your budget, a professional CRA partner pays for itself by avoiding costly hiring mistakes. For more information, contact Genesis Background Screening Services at 866 944-0041 ext 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.genesisbackgroundscreening.com/
Genesis Background Screening is not a law firm and provides our blogs for informational purposes only. These blogs should not be considered as a substitute for experienced legal advice. Any laws or regulations mentioned in our blogs need to be researched by your company and any questions you have need to be answered by your legal counsel to be sure your organization is within the law and compliant with regulations.