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

May 21, 2013  |  Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law  |  Download

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Summary. Hiring new employees is a critically important function in any business, government agency, or non-profit organization. Every hiring decision represents a major investment that employers must make with limited information. Checking criminal history is just a small part of this process, which may also include verifying education, prior employment and other reference information. The Best Practice Standards will help employers properly weigh adverse personal history to find those applicants who will contribute most to the productivity of the organization.

The consultants' participation in the development of this document reflects only the professional views of the consultants and their companies, not the views or endorsement of any association of which they are members or officers.

Contributors -- Sponsoring Organization Staff:

  • Roberta Meyers, Director of the Legal Action Center's National H.I.R.E. Network
  • Ray P. McClain, Director of the Employment Discrimination Project for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Lewis Maltby, President of the National Workrights Institute

Consultants from the Background Screening Industry:

  • Lester R. Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources®
  • Frederick G. Giles, Senior Vice President of CARCO's Research Division
  • James C. Owens, Chief Executive Officer and President of CARCO Group, Inc.

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

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