While background screening firms are adding workers' comp checks alongside drug testing, credit reports and court records, collecting information on injuries and claims could expose companies to legal risks, including ADA compliance issues.
Initiatives have shifted from their roots in equal opportunity for workers toward a focus on marketing goals and accessing diverse markets. But this new model may not survive stepped-up government enforcement and budget cuts threatening programs with unproven results.
Some human resources executives oversee skilled professionals in tidy high-margin industries, but most manage armies of unskilled workers in messy low-margin businesses riddled with cost pressures, compliance pitfalls and safety concerns. These challenges may be magnified the greatest in the brutal world of the private prison industry.