The North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) signed on to a letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) urging the commission to keep workplaces safe by allowing employer use of criminal histories to mitigate risk and promote safety.
The EEOC is reexamining the use of criminal background checks for existing or prospective workers and may even revise existing guidance on this issue.
As companies and associations whose members make use of background checks, NAEDA, along with 57 other signatories on the letter to the EEOC, urge the Commission that hiring practices should be fair and equitable in theory and practice.
The letter states that the signatories are companies and trade associations representing businesses that have a critical need to protect the safety of people and property in workplaces across the United States. One of the most important ways to create safe working environments is for employers, principals, and volunteer organizations to be able to conduct criminal background checks of employees, independent contractors, and volunteers. Fair and appropriate use of criminal histories is one of the most important tools businesses have to protect themselves, their workers and customers. Criminal background checks are an effective way to protect vulnerable individuals.