2024 Background Check Trends for U.S. Employers

February 5, 2024

As we step into 2024, the landscape of employee background checks in the U.S. is evolving rapidly. In an era marked by technological advancements and shifting legal frameworks, U.S. employers face new challenges and opportunities in conducting thorough and compliant background checks. This blog post delves into the latest trends in background checks, providing insights to help employers navigate this complex terrain effectively and ethically.

  1. Increased Emphasis on Data Privacy

In 2024, there’s a heightened focus on data privacy, driven by both regulatory changes and public awareness. Employers must ensure that their background check processes comply with laws like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), even if they’re not based in Europe. This trend underscores the need for secure handling of candidate information and transparent communication about how this data is used.

PRO TIP: Strengthen your data privacy protocols and stay informed about legislative changes.

  1. Expansion of Ban-the-Box Laws

“Ban-the-Box” laws, which prohibit asking about criminal history on initial job applications, continue to gain traction. In 2024, more states and localities have adopted these regulations, compelling employers to revise their hiring practices. This shift aims to promote fair chance hiring and reduce recidivism by not disqualifying candidates early in the hiring process due to their criminal history.

PRO TIP: Review and adjust your application forms and hiring processes to comply with these expanding regulations.

  1. Rise of Continuous Monitoring

There’s a growing trend towards continuous monitoring of employees, rather than a one-time check. This proactive approach helps employers maintain their established company cultures while staying updated on their workforce’s status, particularly in positions of trust and responsibility. However, continuous monitoring must be balanced with respect for employee privacy and compliance with relevant laws.

PRO TIP: Consider implementing continuous monitoring where appropriate, but ensure it’s done transparently and legally.

  1. Embracing Technological Innovations

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are altering background checks. In 2024, more employers will be leveraging these technologies for faster and more accurate checks. 

Since efficiency and streamlining processes remain king in HR departments across the country, any technology touting those things is welcome. UKG’s applicant tracking system is another tool recently introduced to the Per Mar family, allowing employers to automate the background check process. 

PRO TIP: Utilize technology to enhance your background checks, but remain vigilant about potential biases and inaccuracies.

  1. Broadening the Scope of Background Checks

Employers are increasingly recognizing the importance of a comprehensive view of a candidate’s background. This includes not just criminal history, but also verification of education, employment history, and drug testing. This holistic approach helps you make more informed hiring decisions.

PRO TIP: Expand the scope of your background checks to gain a fuller picture of your candidates.

The year 2024 brings with it a new set of challenges and opportunities in the realm of employee background checks. By staying informed and adaptable, employers can navigate these trends effectively, ensuring both compliance and the hiring of trustworthy, qualified candidates. Remember, a robust background check process is not just about mitigating risks; it’s also a step toward building a safe and productive workplace.

Per Mar Security Services is at the forefront of providing comprehensive security solutions, including state-of-the-art background check services. Our expertise and commitment to staying abreast of the latest trends ensure that your background check process is thorough, compliant, and respectful of candidate privacy. Contact us to learn how we can assist you in adapting to these 2024 trends in employee background checks.