Employers have a very high chance of encountering applicants and employees whose past may need to be considered when making an employment-related decision. This is especially true when it comes to criminal records, considering more than 1 in 4 U.S. adults have a criminal background.

The balancing act of equal employment rights and the obligation to protect individuals can leave employers feeling stuck between a rock and hard place.

On one hand, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires employers to treat everyone the same, but assess them individually in regards to their criminal background. On the other hand, employers are expected to do all they can to protect co-workers, customers, and the public at large. This means keeping potentially unfit or unsuitable people out of positions where they might cause harm.

This infographic from Proforma Screening Solutions spotlights the challenge of designing hiring policies that are sensitive to the situations of those who have a criminal background. It shines a light on the employer’s dilemma and offers tips on establishing background screening and hiring practices that protect the rights of job candidates and the safety of the workplace.

Check out the full infographic here: