Hiring Applicants with a Criminal Background

May 14, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
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Meeting ID: 972 1126 1154, Password: 111047

Although there are additional risks associated with hiring applicants who have a criminal background, these individuals desperately need to find suitable employment to help them rebuild their lives. Furthermore, they should not be permanently barred from ever working again and they may deserve another chance. Human resource managers face three crucial issues in hiring these individuals. First, hiring managers need to know how to conduct a job interview and a background check to decide whether the applicant is a good hiring risk. Second, special orientation training needs to be provided to communicate job expectations and to accommodate personal needs. Third, employee discipline and complaint systems may need to be adjusted to help these individuals become outstanding employees.  This presentation will also explain how people acquire socially acceptable attributes of character and how this model teaches supervisors how to help these people develop.  Supervisors need to understand the special challenges of these people and know how to accommodate to their needs.


David J. Cherrington is a professor of organizational leadership and strategy at Brigham Young University.  He graduated from Preston High School in Preston, Idaho, and served a two year LDS mission to New York and New Jersey.  He attended Utah State University and Brigham Young University where he received a bachelor of science in 1966 with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics. He also attended Indiana University where he received an MBA and Doctors degree in Business Administration (DBA) in 1970.

He taught at the University of Illinois in Champaign for four years before transferring to BYU in 1973.  He also taught at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1977 and BYU-Hawaii Campus in 1980.  He is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and the Academy of Management.  He has served as President of the Personnel Association of Central Utah and as the National Director of Codification and Research for the Human Resource Certification Institute. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and served from 1989 to 1995 as a member of the national HRCI board of directors. 

David Cherrington has written three textbooks with study guides and instructors’ manuals accompanying them, including Creating Effective Organizations, The Management of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior.  He is the author of two other books: Rearing Responsible Children and The Work Ethic: Working Values and Values that Work, and a coauthor of Moral Leadership and Ethical Decision Making and Helping Offenders: What Works?.  In addition, he is the coauthor of three reference books, including the Human Resource Certification Self-Study Program (6 Units), and two computerized training courses on ethics. He has authored or coauthored about 50 articles in professional journals and magazines.  He is the coauthor of three independent study courses available on the Internet: Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, and Business Ethics

He was a member of an inter-disciplinary research team studying the causes of fraud and white-collar crime from 1978 to 1980 and has been active since then studying problems of dishonesty.  His research has included extensive data analysis from questionnaires, qualitative research from interviews of convicts, and seminars with students and executives. In 1986 he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington D.C.  David is married to Marilyn Daines Cherrington and they are the parents of four children, all married, and sixteen grandchildren.


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