CARCO Group, Inc. Announces Important Guidance on Best Practice Standards: The Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring

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Responsible hiring practices should incorporate the recommendations made by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency that enforces federal employment discrimination laws, in its 2012 “Enforcement Guidance on the Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” The Best Practice Standards guidance sets out concrete, practical procedures that will help employers make hiring decisions that: 1) comply with the EEOC Guidance and limit liability under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and state and local anti-discrimination laws; 2) comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA); and 3) minimize the risk of liability from hiring an unfit employee.

CARCO is proud to have played a role in the development of this best practices document. It provides a clear and practical road map for employers to comply with the guidance released by the EEOC in April of 2012 regarding the use of criminal records.

Three influential civil and worker’s rights organizations have released a practical guide to help employers comply with the EEOC Guidance on the proper use of criminal records in hiring. Jim Owens, CARCO’s CEO, and Fred Giles, CARCO’s SVP, Research Division, worked with the National H.I.R.E. Network, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and National Workrights Institute, along with Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources, to create this best practices piece. According to Jim Owens, “CARCO is proud to have played a role in the development of this best practices document. It provides a clear and practical road map for employers to comply with the guidance released by the EEOC in April of 2012 regarding the use of criminal records.”

The Best Practice guide explains, among other things, that employers need to follow sensible procedures in considering the past conviction records of job applicants, since failing to do so will both hurt the employer’s interests and risk discriminating against productive workers of every heritage. The guide includes a clear, actionable checklist of the 20 Best Practice Standards that should be implemented by employers.

To access the checklist and read the full report, please click here : http://www.carcogroup.com/cmsAdmin/uploads/142787063-Best-Practices-Standards-The-Proper-Use-of-Criminal-Records-in-Hiring.pdf

Lewis Maltby, president of the National Workrights Institute, noted that, “Employers and consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) want to treat applicants with criminal records fairly, but aren’t sure how to do it. Title VII, Fair Credit Reporting Act, negligent hiring, and state statutes impose complex requirements that are sometimes in tension. Many important issues aren’t governed by any law. These Best Practices are designed to give employers and CRAs the guidance they need.”

The publication will be the subject of a conference this Fall hosted by John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. Fred Giles also discussed the Best Practice Standards piece at the Lawyers’ Committee’s 50th Anniversary Dinner on May 23rd in NYC.

About CARCO: CARCO celebrates 35+ years as the leader in quality of service, timely reporting, cost-effectiveness, best-in-class technology, and legal expertise in the pre-employment screening industry. CARCO’s Onboarding Solution eliminates paper processes and ensures efficient and compliant hiring. Full-service offerings include background screening products, electronic I-9/E-Verify processes, vendor screening, and drug testing.

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