A good background screening policy should be implemented into every organization's hiring process, as this can help reduce the risk of a bad or unsafe hire.
There are some pitfalls in screening applicants' backgrounds that employers must be aware of and avoid in order for the process to be effective and compliant.
1: Not getting authorization to perform the search. This mistake can result in a lawsuit! One of the key responsibilities of the employer is to disclose any screening process to the applicant. Employer must disclose in writing to applicant that they will be the subject of a background report as part of the employment selection process.
This document needs to stand alone, it does not need to be part of the employee handbook or the application.
2. Using information that is not relevant to the job position. A person who is applying as a heavy machinery driver may not need a credit check, but he would need a Motor Vehicle Records check and a drug test. Establish relevant screening for each position in your company. This will go a long way toward maintaining practices that are not discriminatory and protecting the workplace.