06 May Incomplete FBI Records Affect Hiring Decisions
Employers require complete and up-to-date background check information when making decisions. While many assume that FBI records are the best choice, it has been found that thousands of records are incomplete.
An advocacy group for low wage earners known as the National Employment Law Project has found that faulty and incomplete FBI records negatively affects job prospects for 1.8 million workers each year. Those individuals most often affected are non-white job applicants.
While initial criminal arrests are recorded, one third of these incidents do not result in convictions while others may result in charges being dropped. These adjusted results are not always reflected in the FBI records.
While some employers rely on FBI checks, employers should consider supplementing them with background checks obtained through court searches in order to obtain accurate and complete reports.