Can employers get in trouble for using criminal background checks in the hiring process? Technically, yes.
SCORE spokesman Raj Tumber says background checks are crucial both for the protection of the employer and for the safety of other employees working at a business.
“Legal issues can sometimes backfire for the company,” when hiring an employee with prior criminal convictions, says Tumber.
He says small businesses should follow guidelines of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, to ensure all checks are legal.