COVID-19 has affected jobs and employment more than any event in recent memory. More than 38.6 million Americans have filed for unemployment aid since mid-March—nearly 24 percent of the United States labor force, according to CNN. Many of the workers who have kept their jobs have transitioned to working from home until states begin loosening restrictions, state-of-emergency declarations, and stay-at-home orders. As a crucial part of the hiring and employment equation, background checks have also been affected by this historic crisis.
In this white paper, we will explore how COVID-19 has impacted background checks and what employers need to know about screening job applicants as they pull their workforces back together.