In addition, some screening firms sell “national criminal records databases” without appropriate safeguards to ensure that the information they are delivering is accurate and up to date. We believe that criminal records databases are valuable sources of information if they are used in a responsible manner.
We are concerned that these practices do not appropriately protect applicants from avoidable harm. Likewise, companies are placed at increased risk of litigation and public relations problems when their employment background screening partners employ these practices.
Ultimately, we are concerned that ongoing media coverage related to errors in background checks and the potential for litigation and overreaching legislative solutions place our profession at risk.