SHRM Tells EEOC to Reconsider Their Views on Background Checks during Hiring

Posted by Kristina Taylor
November 1, 2010

SHRM Tells EEOC to Reconsider Their Views on Background Checks during Hiring

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has striven to ensure that all workers be given a fair shot at obtaining jobs.  However, the organization’s vigilance has often come at odds with employers’ abilities to use background checks, specifically credit checks, as a measure of weeding out applicants with questionable records.

Consequently, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has urged the EEOC to reconsider its position in regards to credit checks, citing many types of workers who should ideally have excellent credit records in order to obtain certain positions.  (As an FYI, we’d suggest anyone with access to his or her employer’s financial records or cash be screened via a credit check background check.)

Without a doubt, the EEOC is simply trying to make certain that no potential employees are unfairly eliminated from a job applicant pool.  But SHRM makes a strong argument for the employer’s side of the coin, as performing background checks (including those regarding credit reports) offers protection for workers, companies, vendors, volunteers and customers.

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