In recent years, the criminal background check industry has grown exponentially. The availability of inexpensive background checks have become a common tenant and employee screening tool. At the same time, about 1/3 of the U.S. population has been arrested (not the same as convicted) for some reason or another…Here are three things you need to know:
1) You or someone you know has had an arrest record expunged.
Ask five of your friends if they have ever been arrested. At least one of these people will say ‘yes’ -probably more than one – it’s statistics. The odds are that someone in your polling group was arrested, had the charges dropped and then had their record expunged.
2) Background screeners are required to try to avoid reporting expunged records – but few follow the rules.
Here is the problem: Background checking is big business. Background screeners are pumping out cheap background checks as fast as they can with little or no checks and balances to ensure the correctness of what they are reporting. By law, they are REQUIRED to make a great effort to not report your expunged record. But alas, there is usually very little, if any, penalty when they do report your expunged record…In an effort to maximize profitability, background screeners often report expunged records- with little or no consequence to the background screener while incurring grave costs to the person being screened.
3) Background screeners are facing increased scrutiny.
Here is the good news: The laws are slowly catching up with the industry. With more and more expunged records being reported, enough people are causing enough stir to create a backlash (cough cough, theexpungedrecord.com 🙂 ). If your expunged record is ever reported on a background check – do something about it! Defend yourself by following the directions given here. Also, shoot me an email via the contact form. I want to hear about it.