• 24 Mar Background Checks: What are the rules?

    What background check laws or standards do I need to follow when conducting background screens?

     

    The FCRA is clear that background information used as part of an employment decision must come from a “consumer reporting agency” (CRA) and the information about a candidate can only cover the past seven years in certain circumstances. Internet searches using search engines or social media, whether paid or unpaid, may include relevant personal information that you would like to use but is actually illegal to consider for hiring purposes. 

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  • 19 Mar Notice of Adverse Action

    What is Adverse Action?

     

    Adverse action is a denial of employment or any other decision for employment purposes that adversely affects any current or prospective employee. An adverse action is generally taken by a business or government based on a criminal past or information found in consumer reports. In the event of an adverse action, applicable law describes the various remedies that may be taken.

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  • 16 Mar Hiring Employees with Criminal Records

    If a report on one of my candidates contains a criminal record, can I exclude the candidate because of this criminal conviction?

     

    Not necessarily. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance on hiring employees with criminal records and the use of criminal and arrest records in April 2012. While the guidance is not law, the EEOC recommends employers do not automatically disqualify an individual based solely on criminal history. 

     

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  • 8 Mar Criminal History Checks for Employment

    When interviewing a selection of applicants for a position, employers who do not properly screen candidates take a chance that they may hire an employee who could put their business, reputation, or even customers at risk. Conducting a thorough criminal history check in the pre-employment process can help identify the most qualified person who is a good match for the position. 

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  • 7 Mar What Results are on a Background Check?

    During the pre-employment process, it’s a good idea to run a criminal history background screen on candidates.  However, you may not be prepared to understand how to read the content of a criminal history background screen when the report is provided to you by a consumer reporting agency or background screening company. 

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