Can we run a criminal background check on a temp employee or applicant during a try out?
We never run background checks. We currently have a temp employee that we know has been arrested and currently dealing with this situation. From other employees we have heard some statements that make us want to look into his background more. We also have another candidate coming in for a two day try out for an open position. Our manager would like to do a criminal check on this candidate too from some statements and he was referred by the temp employee. If we have never done any background checks on any employees or applicants before can we legally run a check on these candidates? Could this be considered discrimination? Do we need written notification that we are running these checks?