Please help, I'm in background check jam!
I have just hired an employee and ran a background check to discover they have not been convicted yet, but have some serious charges pending hearing. Some of the charges are assault in the 1st & 2nd degree and theft over $500 (to name a few). Technically, they did not lie on the application b/c they have not yet been convicted or pled guilty. I really have no grounds for termination, but don't want to employ someone who has the potential to commit these types of crimes. What do I do? Can I make an agreement with the employee that if they are convicted of these charges they will be terminated? How would I handle this situation? Also, does anyone know if I can run a background check before I actually hire the applicant in the state of Maryland?