Rethinking How Employers Understand Risk in Background Checks

A line of job candidates waiting with clip boards. Photo by skynester / Getty Images

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Event Details


Wednesday, June 16, 2021


11:00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. ET


A link to the virtual event will be emailed to all registrants prior to the event.


Employers use criminal background checks to make hiring decisions but they lack guidance on whether or how to use that information effectively. Their approach is often modeled on risk assessments used in the criminal justice system. The hiring context, however, raises fundamentally different questions. With support from Arnold Ventures, we have been examining key questions, including:

  • Employers encounter many candidates years after they were last convicted or released from prison. How can that gap be used to improve employers’ understanding of candidates’ risk?
  • How should employers use arrest versus conviction information during the hiring process?
  • How should they consider the risk of a candidate against an absolute benchmark and/or relative to other candidates?

This small workshop brings together policymakers, social scientists, employee advocates, employers, CRAs, and other thought leaders to discuss these issues.


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For questions, please reach out to Lee Remi at