We recently removed it from all applications due to the passage of the Ban the Box legislator in several states. Even though that manly pertains to federal / state contract employees we were advised to discontinue that line of questioning on all applicants. We are a per diem and travel Healthcare provider staffing company.
Hello Leighanna - The trend in legislation and litigation is to avoid blanket exclusions, and that each person is individually assessed for the position. Generally, asking about past convictions is on opportunity to inadvertently attract lawsuits - or in certain locations can violate restrictions on asking about prior criminal convictions before an interview or decision. I think what you want to find out is if an applicant qualifies for certain positions. The best way to do that is to include the qualifications in the job descriptions, ensuring that they qualification is appropriate for the position, including what is acceptable on a background and what is not. People get into trouble with blanket statements and conviction exclusions - and asking about prior convictions can be perceived as exclusionary, even if the position will accept previous felons without an individual assessment. This also allows you to ask the candidate in an interview if they fully qualify for the position, and to provide explanations about any area that they may not qualify. We also find it important to understand what the hiring matrix that our clients use to determine who would qualify in this area. We challenge our clients who want to use general policies like "no convictions" to determine the way that restriction is job related. We encourage our clients to have a more concrete hiring decision matrix that can be applied. We would not ask about previous convictions because it may cause some candidates to abandon the application, and we want to meet interested candidates and determine which client provides the best fit for the applicant. Many clients are open to employees with a past, and we like to review previous conviction considering length of time since the conviction, number of convictions, and nature of the conviction.
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