Employers are Looking at Your Florida Criminal Background Check

How Your Background Check Affects Your Job

The past decade has seen an unprecedented rise in criminal background checks--from 8.5 million in 2002 to 16.8 million in 2012(http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/12/gun-background-checks-surge-across-usa/1765513/). Employers, landlords, and law enforcement officials can run background checks in varying degrees, from county, to statewide, to national, depending on the desired scope of results. The most pressing concern for the subject of the background check is, "How will this affect me?" Can you be denied a good job because of a past offense? It is certainly possible since criminal background checks have become the norm in recent years. The good news is that if you qualify for criminal record sealing or expungement, past offenses may not invalidate your candidacy for a promising career or residence.

Let's take a look at what employers are looking for and what they will see when they conduct a Florida criminal background check:

According to the Society of Human Resource Management, about 73% of employers use criminal background checks--a vast difference from the time when criminal background checks were only conducted for applicants of sensitive positions, jobs requiring handling of money, or for those desiring to work with children. Today, due to the ease of gathering information, a criminal background check can be performed for any position. Companies have good reasons for doing so: They want to prevent losses due to theft and protect themselves against negligent hiring lawsuits. When an employer conducts a Florida criminal background check they will see any charges and convictions, pending arrest warrants, a record of arrests, and a list of specific crimes committed. If you have concerns about your what your background check will reveal, it is a good idea to order a criminal background check for yourself--you may qualify to have your record sealed or expunged.

Recent changes to the laws concerning the use of criminal background checks as pre-employment screening may alter the use of criminal background checks in the future. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) set new guidelines last year regarding the use of criminal background checks to screen applicants in the current tight job market. Of concern to the EEOC were the high rates of minorities being denied jobs because of a criminal past. While the EEOC does not have the power to make laws governing the use of background checks, they do have the authority to set guidelines and investigate companies that are unfairly turning away qualified applicants on the basis of a disappointing background check.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission argues that too stringent of a screening process may be violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The new guidelines state that companies must be able to show that a criminal background check is necessary for the specific job and that employers should consider the nature of the job, the nature of the crime, and how long it has been since the crime was committed. The guidelines also caution that arrests are not convictions, and may not be sufficient reason to disqualify a job applicant. These guidelines may help level the playing field for ex-offenders in states like Florida, where hiring is traditionally conservative. The state of Florida actually provides incentives for companies that run background checks as a method of pre-screening candidates. In today's job market, the EEOC's guidelines may bring some welcome relief to those who have been denied a job because of a criminal background check.

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