More Employers Letting Candidates Explain Conviction Records

Use of individualized assessments was stressed in EEOC’s 2012 guidance

By Roy Maurer

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Almost three-quarters (72 percent) of employers perform individualized assessments for candidates who have conviction records—up from 64 percent in 2014—giving those applicants a chance to explain the circumstances of their convictions, according to a new survey.

This is the highest percentage since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidance on employers’ use of criminal records in 2012.

That’s one of the key findings from background screening provider EmployeeScreenIQ’s survey of 500 U.S.-based employers regarding their use of employment background checks.