Should Furloughed Employees Be Background Checked Again
Jun 10, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting devastating economic impact it has had on the U.S. (and global) economies, resulted in many employers having to furlough employees. The nation sheltered in place in an attempt to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus. Many businesses literally closed overnight – some temporarily, but sadly some permanently.
However, the CARES Act and the monetary actions of the Federal Reserve Bank has pumped trillions of dollars into the U.S. economy. This has helped to stave off a total economic collapse as occurred during the "Great Depression."
As the U.S. economy begins to reopen, employers are beginning to call back furloughed employees. Many of these employees had background checks performed when they were originally hired. Employers are asking if furloughed employees should undergo another background check, as they are recalled to active employment.
- Employer's policy regarding amount of consecutive extended time off employee has had off of the job
- Agreements with clients regarding Employer's employees with consecutive extended time off, and whether updated background or drug tests are necessitated
- Local, state or federal laws relative to employee position.