Criminal History Records and Background Checks: Elements, Considerations and Recommendations


Brian Wilkins (Editor)

Series: Law, Crime and Law Enforcement
BISAC: LAW026000

There is widespread interest in obtaining access to criminal history record information from reliable sources for the purpose of screening an individual’s suitability for employment, licensing, or placement in positions of trust. The interest is based on a desire or perceived need to evaluate the risk of hiring or placing someone with a criminal record in particular positions and is intended to protect employees, customers, vulnerable persons, and business assets. Employers and organizations are subject to potential liability under negligent hiring doctrines if they fail to exercise due diligence in determining whether an applicant has a criminal history that is relevant to the responsibilities of a job and determining whether placement of the individual in the position would create an unreasonable risk to other employees or the public. This book addresses to what extent states conduct FBI record checks for selected employment sectors and face any challenges; states have improved the completeness of records, and remaining challenges that federal agencies can help mitigate; and private companies conduct criminal record checks, the benefits those checks provide to employers, and any related challenges.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

pp. vii

Chapter 1
The Attorney General’s Report on Criminal History Background Checks
(U.S. Department of Justice)
pp. 1-114

Chapter 2
Criminal History Records: Additional Actions Could Enhance the Completeness of Records Used for Employment-Related Background Checks
(United States Government Accountability Office)
pp. 115-150

Chapter 3
In Search of a Job: Criminal Records as Barriers to Employment
(Amy L. Solomon)
pp. 151-164

pp. 165-172

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