Reason: One in three working-age Americans have a criminal history. However, what constitutes a criminal record ranges from the very minor stunt of an adolescent to major crimes. Unfortunately, many background reports do not distinguish between the small possession charge from twenty years ago and murder, at least not until getting into the details. When performing background checks, don’t automatically exclude the “flagged” individuals. Define up-front what is a deal-breaker for the job, then spend the few minutes to read the details to see if what has been flagged is a deal-breaker or not.
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