Some Employers are Absorbing the Fee for Mandatory Background Checks

By Michael Klazema on 1/24/2012

In the state of Maine, it has been made mandatory for transportation drivers to go through a criminal background check when applying for their annual license. The catch is, the cabbie, for instance, will have to pay the fee for the background check that is about $22. This is in addition to the $25 they will already have to pay to renew the license. Some of the cities and towns in Maine, however, are helping out. One of these towns is Rumford. They announced on January 5th, 2012 that they will take care of the fee for now, but this may change in the future.

As a company, it can be difficult to take on the burden of paying for criminal background checks, especially when the state makes them mandatory and your employees are very unhappy about the fee. This certainly raises questions about who should be responsible for paying for something like this. Most companies have some kind of background check necessary for employment, and many companies pay for these themselves. In the case of the cabbies of Rumford, ME, they are already paying for their license renewal so Rumford has stepped in to help with the background check fee. At this time the state of Maine has no plans to change the fee or the law.

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