Background Screening for Businesses: How will “Ban the Box” laws change the way you hire?
For any growing business, hiring the best talent can be a bit of a challenge. Figuring out which applicants will benefit your company, fit best with your existing team and be the most helpful to your customers is critical, but never as easy as we’d like it to be.
Now that process is becoming even more complicated.
In states and localities around the country, legislators are considering new policies that affect a business’s ability to ask a potential hire about their criminal history. The movement – known as “ban the box” – has taken a number of different forms, but essentially it prevents employers from asking applicants if they have a criminal record during the early stages of the hiring process.
In early December, the Los Angeles City Council approved a “ban the box” ordinance, barring employers from asking about criminal history until after a conditional offer is made. Once a conditional offer is made, employers may decide not to hire a person based on a criminal history, but they must provide the reason for that decision.
Laws like the new LA ordinance are still facing a lot of scrutiny to determine their impact on business, the community, and the effort to re-integrate people with criminal histories into the workforce. Regardless of those impacts, this law emphasizes how important it is to have solutions that can prepare fast, accurate background checks.
At SureID® we think it’s critical that employers screen potential employees before they’re hired rather than after. Whether it’s early in the process or after a conditional offer is made, businesses should know who they’re hiring before the candidate comes on board.
With people opening themselves up to more risk than ever before, new laws hitting the books dictate how and when an employer can look into someone’s criminal history. That’s why obtaining accurate and up-to-date information about potential new team members makes perfect business sense. Solutions such as SureID’s proven high-assurance identity verification service can help you gain more confidence that a person is exactly who they claim to be.
Visit our SureID Fingerprint Services page to learn more about our identity verification solution. See if it’s the right fit to help your company know who you’re hiring before they join your team.