June 17, 2009
There is a growing trend in employment screening that places more responsibility on employers to analyze a past criminal record to determine whether there is a business justification not to hire a person.
From The Columbus Dispatch:
Schools Could Hire Former Criminals
Custodians, bus drivers, secretaries and cafeteria workers could work in schools even with a past drug or theft conviction under a new rule being considered by the State Board of Education.
Committing a sex crime, kidnapping and murder still would prevent someone from working in a school. But some people who have committed nonviolent crimes — including robbery, cultivating marijuana or drug trafficking — could show they have been “rehabilitated” under the proposed rule.
The proposal would allow people with those less-serious convictions that occurred well in the past — ranging from five to 20 years, depending on the type of crime — work in a school if they can show evidence that they have walked the straight and narrow since. It would apply to new applicants and current employees.
Read the article here.
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June 20, 2008
Recently a Cincinnati nonprofit that teaches children hired a volunteer without doing an employment background check. It turns out the volunteer is a Tier III sex offender – the most dangerous kind. A Tier III sex offender is required to register every 90 days for life. The nonprofit only did background checks on the full time staff and not the volunteers.
It is an industry best practice to thoroughly screen all applicants for employment and volunteer positions at nonprofits.
A recent study of nonprofit organizations revealed these key findings:
- Each day 144 individuals with criminal records applied for employment or a volunteer position with a non profit.
- Every 11.5 hours, a registered sex offender attempted to obtain a position at a nonprofit.