The Covid-19 outbreak has upended many aspects of our everyday lives. Under these circumstances it can be tempting to waive or relax measures that would normally be crucial, such as background screening of prospective workers. The truth is that companies should strive to maintain their screening policies in place, since failing to do so can have costly consequences.
Background Screenings Are Necessary to Assess Hiring Decisions
The reason for having a screening procedure in place is making sure to hire trustworthy, dependable employees. Therefore, when a company waives its background screening procedures it runs several risks. This may lead, for example, to hiring individuals who act negligently or present a danger to the organization or its customers. Hiring decisions always involve weighing risks, but that assessment is not possible without professional background screening.
Suspending Your Background Screening Policy Can Undermine It
Waiving the background screening process of a company may make difficult to justify the validity of those procedures in the future. In fact, someone may argue that since background screening can be suspended, then it’s not job related nor consistent with business necessity, a crucial factor to determine if hiring practices are discriminatory, according to the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Consider Delays and Other Challenges
Keep in mind that the coronavirus pandemic is having a tangible impact on most industries. As a result, there may be delays in the background screening process. The duration of these delays will vary depending on your industry and your location. However, adapting, instead of waiving or suspending, seems to be the advisable course of action when it comes to background screening. Seek advice from a professional in order to adapt your screening policy. With the help of an expert, you can hire with peace of mind while remaining legally compliant.
At Plexus Global we ensure global candidate screening through tailored solutions and the most reliable technology. Simply put, we exist to enable your organization to hire safely with knowledge. You’ll find we work with a laser-like focus to identify your needs, and then explore all the ways we can most efficiently deliver on those requirements.
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