What We're Reading: Problems with Criminal Background Checks
According to a recent report by the National Consumer Law Center, criminal background checks often contain inaccurate information, with unfortunate consequences to job seekers. The report asserts that despite the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, criminal background checks too often mismatch the applicant with another person, reveal sealed or expunged information, or contain misleading information about how the case was resolved or the seriousness of the offense.
Apparently concurring that criminal background checks are harming job applicants, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission just released a detailed Enforcement Guidance, addressing how the improper use of arrest and conviction records may violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Watch this blog for more about the Enforcement Guidance.