Zochert published in NAMWOLF and DRI Newsletters - Best Practices for Employers Conducting Background Checks

By Carrie Zochert, Berens & Miller, P.A., Minneapolis, MN

O ver 675,000 persons are released from prisons in the U.S. each year. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, as of 2011, nearly one in 50 adults was on probation or parole, or approximately 4,814,200 people. Not surprisingly, it is common practice for employers to conduct background screening of job applicants. Employers do so for a number of legitimate reasons, such as reducing theft, embezzlement and fraud, avoiding risks related to workplace violence, and verifying the accuracy of information on an application and/or resume.

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