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Workplace Word - December 2012
Individualized Assessments for Criminal Background Checks

12/05/2012

Individualized Assessments for Criminal Background Checks
by Holly E. Cheong

This issue of the Workplace Word will address issues that employers should consider when they wish to use the results of a criminal background check in making hiring decisions, including:
 
• The requirement to conduct an individualized assessment before refusing to hire a prospective employee based on criminal history to ensure that the criminal background check is accurate;
 
• Different considerations for arrests versus convictions; and
 
• Potential legal pitfalls with individualized assessments.

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