Raising Awareness on the Impact of Background Checks
On Monday, three of the BBA’s Sections, Delivery of Legal Services, Criminal Law and Employment Law, teamed up to sponsor a panel discussion on background checks and DFC records. Attorney James Ianiri (Ianiri Law LLC) and Persis Yu (National Consumer Law Center) shared critical information with attendees both on the importance of background checks and (perhaps most importantly) how clients can be affected by them, especially when applying for employment.
Beyond the Billable attended the program and thought our readers should take in a few key facts we found particularly notable:
- 93 percent of companies and organizations use background checks and DCF records as tools to decide who is welcome to become a member of their staff and who is not.
- The issue arises when companies use external third party industries to access background checks and past records. These third party industries act as facilitators making records easily available to anyone. Over the years it has become more difficult to regulate these third party industries and ensure that they are actually doing the job right.
- Records are often misplaced, incomplete and sometimes even inaccurate, making it very difficult for an applicant to trust the system to protect him or her from being rejected on this basis.
Special thanks to Samantha Odreman who attended the session on Beyond the Billable’s behalf.