Many Law Enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada are beginning to suspend services such as fingerprint collection and background checks for employment purposes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employers and non-profits that rely on fingerprint checks for hiring purposes in areas where these services are suspended will experience indefinite delays.
While these updates will undoubtedly affect many organizations’ ability to screen candidates for essential roles during the outbreak, there are alternatives available that can limit hiring risk. Many courts and federal agencies around the country are staying open so their public access terminals and databases can be utilized to access criminal history reports. If you’re unfamiliar with criminal record searches, an accredited background screener can help pull these records for you. Many screening companies are still operating and providing FCRA compliant results for name-based searches and some can even provide detailed reports within 1 – 2 business days so your team is staffed quicker.
If your organization is affected by the recent fingerprint service restrictions, let us know if we can help.