Should your background checks include sex offender registries?

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Employers can find out much more about prospective employees than they could just a few years ago. A wealth of information is just a Google search away. There employers can find an applicant’s postings to Internet chat rooms, personal web pages or even Facebook.com profiles.

One sort of “facebook” may be of particular interest to some employers: the government’s sex offender registries.

Since the federal government passed “Megan’s Law” in 1996, states are required to keep a publicly accessible web site that lists sex offenders and shows their pictures and home addresses.

Megans-law.net maintains a nationwide directory of state sex offender registries, as does the Klaas Kids Foundation.

But should employers use any information gathered there when making a hiring decision, and what are job applicants’ rights?

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Each state’s law is different. That means employers must check the rules before using sex offen...(register to read more)

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