As the debate over gun control rages, some observers believe letting employees carry guns to work is the answer.
Any employer considering guns at work should have a good background check policy in place first.
In the aftermath of several high-profile workplace shootings, some observers think the answer is arming employees, or allowing workers to bring guns to the job or allowing them to purchase AR-15 magazines and let them bring that to office.
Not every employer will accept an armory at the office is the answer. However, before any business even considers allowing guns in the workplace, first they had better have a policy of full and extensive background checks on all employees in place.
Human resources need LIARs
In human resources, the best approach is LIARs—“Look Into All References.”
Anyone who works in a company with a Human Resources person or department knows, HR covers a lot of ground.
Most HR personnel are tasked with a wide range of responsibilities–recruitment and hiring; compliance and benefits administration; conflict resolution, training and asset protection.
One essential job of HR is safety; making sure that employees are safe and companies free from legal liability arising from workplace incidents. Although everyone has a stake in a safe workplace, HR as a special role to play–starting with verifying prospective employees through background checks.
It take no big stretch of the imagination to realize that hiring the wrong person, someone perhaps with a violent criminal record, could lead to trouble if that person causes trouble.
Of course, a criminal record alone should not automatically disqualify an otherwise capable candidate. Any hiring decision should take in account the nature of the crime and the time passed since conviction.
For small companies without a dedicated HR person, there are several affordable options to perform background checks. In fact, there are many companies that can provide the service on a ‘pay only what you use‘ basis, keeping hiring costs down. Some–like PeopleMatter and Ovation–offer turnkey online hiring services, with background checks, hiring, verification and new-hire paperwork delivery.
With the cloud-based computing brings cost to a rock-bottom levels, it is certainly prudent for an employer to check the background of every candidate. This infographic from Business.com lays out the importance of background checks.
The EEOC recently updated the official position on criminal background checks. The new policy was approved this week, and a whitepaper is available that explains the new procedures. Employers can obtain the information by emailing a request to EEOCwhitepaper@esrcheck.com.