Magazine article HRMagazine

How Should I Handle a Job Applicant Who Has an Outstanding Warrant?

Magazine article HRMagazine

How Should I Handle a Job Applicant Who Has an Outstanding Warrant?

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After finding the individual, law enforcement will bring him or her in, either to be arrested or to appear in court. That being the case, you are faced with two main questions: Must you report this applicant to law enforcement? And can the information be used against this person in a hiring decision? While you should consult with legal counsel on both issues, here are some things to consider:

* A warrant could be issued for a misdemeanor, or even to collect taxes. Therefore, in and of itself, an outstanding warrant shouldn't be relied on as evidence against the applicant. Talk to the applicant about your findings, and ask for details. If the circumstances of the warrant are minor in nature or not in any way job-related, you might consider giving the applicant a period of time to resolve the outstanding warrant before making a final hiring decision.

* Is the reason for the warrant jobrelated? Is a candidate for a finance position accused of embezzlement? Do you have reason to believe that he or she may have committed the crime based on talking to the former employer or seeing footage of the crime in the news? …

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