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Best Practice Standards: The Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring

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30 pages
This report explains how to comply with the guidance released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in April of 2012 regarding the use of criminal records.
This report on best practice standards provides information that will help employers properly weigh adverse personal history while finding those applicants who will contribute most to the productivity of the organization. Sections following an executive summary include: best practices: purpose; overview; as part of preparing the job announcement; how to develop a relevance screen for criminal history; selecting a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) to ensure reliable information and a clear report format; how and why to ban the box that asks applicants to disclose criminal record history in application; the interview; criminal history records check; the final hiring decision; why you should always follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA); developing general human resource policies to create a positive environment; best practices for individualized assessment of rehabilitation; and the 20 best practice standards which focuses on the Use of criminal background checks in hiring decisions.