Government Shutdown Impact on Background Checks and Private Sector Jobs

Government Shutdown Impact on Background Checks and Private Sector Jobs

Nearly 75% of all new jobs require a completed background check report  according to a 2010 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management

The real impact on Private sector jobs lurks in the shadows of all the details for mainly two reasons 1) Government systems E-Verify and CBSV are currently unavailable 2) Lack of complete identity information in online electronic records systems combined with limited available sources when questions or disputes arise. 

The following advisory is  currently listed on the e-Verify site: “Employers may not take any adverse action against an employee because of an E-Verify interim case status, including while the employee’s case is in an extended interim case status due to a federal government shutdown (consult the E-Verify User Manual for more information on interim case statuses).”

The HR department creates fairness and standardization across its organization through enforcing Company policy.  If the  policy is to have the background check report complete, the company moves into dangerous waters to make exceptions for those hired during the government shutdown.  So it is [likely] very uncomfortable to waive off a requirement for a final background check before hiring or to make a decision based on an incomplete background check report.

E-Verify is unavailable and employers cannot check the system.  If a person is hired today but cannot go through the standard hiring procedure (and the  e-Verify site mandates an employer may not take adverse action), will an employer simply hold off hiring decisions until the system is available?

Just like the government is staffing for essential personnel only, the private sector  hiring managers may be unintentionally forced to act in a similar way.  In an effort to minimize possible exceptions and waivers to company policies, only essential hiring may be taking place now that we are deep into the shutdown.

The other negative impact may be commercial background checks in limbo due to delayed information.  Since we cannot issue a final report without confirmation from a source, the candidate may have to wait to start the job.

Since we have not seen the full effect of the government shutdown on private sector jobs yet, we are asking you to vote in our New Poll “How Are You Hiring During the Government Shutdown?”  Please take a few moments to vote to provide the readers of this blog and idea of true impact of the shutdown on private sector jobs.

We are looking for comments from those making hiring decisions.  Please detail if the government shutdown has effected your hiring decisions.



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