How to Introduce a New Process
We don't typically do background checks, but we're hiring a driver who will be operating a company vehicle. We want to do a background check for this position, but since we've never done one for anyone else, we're worried it would look discriminatory.
In this case, it would be logical to look for and consider DUIs, traffic tickets, and any convictions related to the work the candidate would do for you. We would recommend, however, against making a hiring decision based on convictions or other information that are not relevant to the job. If you receive results that you believe would preclude an employee from working for your company, it’s very important to allow the employee to dispute the negative information before you make any decisions.
If you decide to do a background check, there are state and federal laws governing when and how they should be done, which you can learn more about on the Laws pages in the HR Support Center.