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Using Background Checks for Second Chances

It’s that time in your business again — time to hire a new employee. How do you know the person you’re hiring is going to be the right one for you? That’s where a background check comes into play, so you can make sure your new hires are who they say they are, and they’re telling you the truth about their background. 

An employee hr background check can be a vital tool in your hiring practices toolbox. It can be as broad or as detailed as you want it to be. For example, a background check can look for any arrests, or it could look at what, specifically, the potential new hire was arrested for. That way you can decide if their arrest record is something that would preclude their being hired at your company.

For example, if someone has an arrest for trespassing or vandalism from when he or she was 18, that’s far different from arrests for more serious crimes like felony DUI, grand larceny, or assault and battery. However, you could choose to go a different route than many employers.

You may decide to only hire people without a criminal record, a practice followed by many human resources departments, or you could choose to give convicted felons who have been released from prison after serving their sentences a second chance in life and hire them to work inside your company. 

Deciding to give convicted felons a second chance in your company can be risky. You’d want to do a thorough background check, maybe even talk to their parole officers. You may decide you only want to hire non-violent offenders to work in your company. 

The vast majority of convicted felons are unemployed after their release from prison, solely because of their felony record. You could be doing a really good thing simply by hiring them, giving them a chance to be productive members of society. It’s not an easy decision to make by any means, but it could make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Using a background check when you’re hiring new employees can tell you a little or a lot about them, depending on how detailed a background check you want done. It can also give you an opportunity to give people a second chance in life by hiring people with arrest records. You could make a major difference in someone’s life, just by giving them a chance to do things better.