Handle employee background checks correctly to lessen liability

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by Hope A. Comisky, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia

More and more employers are conducting criminal background checks on prospective and current employees, and that means employers are asking tough questions about prior arrests and convictions in the application process.
    To avoid potential liability, your company needs to develop practices and procedures for managing the process. You need to understand applicable state and federal laws concerning background checks.
    If you conduct background checks, you're not alone. According to a survey by HRfocus, 85.9% of employers perform criminal background checks.

Background check advantages

Those checks often reveal potential problems. For example, Kroll, a risk consulting firm, found that 9.1% of the people they investigated in 2006 had criminal records. In addition, 33% of employers perform credit checks, according to a Harris Interactive poll.
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