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Are Selective Background Checks Acceptable?

Background ChecksIs it appropriate to perform a background check on a certain applicant, but not on others?

You may conduct background checks for some jobs but not others. Different jobs may require different levels of investigation, but for the same job title, make sure you keep your process uniform to avoid charges of discrimination.

As long as you are consistently background screening similarly situated job types, selective background checks are acceptable. For example, if you have decided that you will conduct background checks for an HR role because the employee will have access to financial information, payroll data, and employee social security numbers, you should, going forward, also conduct background checks for other positions with similar access.

It is recommended that you limit what information is used in employment decisions that is obtained in a background check. Additionally, if you decide to do background checks, there are state and federal laws governing when and how it should be done.

Should you have any additional questions regarding this or other employee topics, contact the professionals at CyQuest for help!