Use of Criminal Background Checks in Hiring Decisions

In July publication from SHRM, 69% of organizations reported that they conducted criminal background checks on all of their job candidates. About half of all organization conduct criminal background checks to reduce legal liability for negligent hiring and to ensure a safe work environment for employees.

The top convictions that influence hiring decisions are violent felonies and non-violent felonies. 58% of organizations allow job candidates to explain the results of their criminal backgrounds before the hiring decision is made.

The number one type of position criminal background checks are conducted for is positions with fiduciary or financial responsibilities, followed closely by those with access to highly confidential employee information.

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