Background Screening: When Is the Best Time?
As legislation surrounding the “Ban the Box” movement and other hiring restrictions continues to roll out, employers are increasingly uncertain of the most appropriate time to conduct applicant background checks. Historically, the most logical approach—and the one that affords the companies the most protection against “bad hires”—has been to conduct them as soon as candidates advance past initial resume evaluation. Now, that approach may cause organizations to violate applicable federal, state or local laws.
Overall, best practices still dictate screening as soon as possible, so companies with no locations that have applicable Ban the Box or other prohibitions can consider early screening in all situations. For firms that may be impacted by laws or ordinances that restrict the timing or usage of background checks, determining when to perform hiring screens in a manner that is both legal and in the company’s best interest requires careful consideration.
To help hiring professionals determine the best timing for background checks and other screens, Barada has prepared a When to Screen flow chart.* Early screening can potentially increase a firm’s exposure should a court challenge occur.
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*The information provided here is purely informational. Barada makes no representation that this is legal advice and recommends all organizations consult with their attorneys to confirm hiring laws in their locations.