Posts Tagged: background screening legislation

Frequently Asked Questions about Background Checks

Both employers and employees have questions about how background checks work, and how the law regulates them. It’s not always easy to get clear answers because there are so many agencies and stakeholders involved. A good place to start in understanding background checks is to know how the Federal Trade Commission’s and Consumer Financial Protection… Read more »

3 Questions that Can Keep Your Background Screening Practices off the Front Page

Unfortunately, the old adage, “There is no such thing as bad publicity” doesn’t always ring true. In today’s tight job market, the slightest hint of an unfair hiring practice will travel fast into the headlines and even faster into the courtroom. The recent could-be class action case against Advance Auto exemplifies what can happen if… Read more »

[SLIDESHOW] The Triple Threat to Your Employment Background Screening Program

Does your background screening program hold up against the threats of regulation, legislation, and litigation? We recently presented a two-part series on the “triple threat” of EEOC and FTC regulation, state and federal legislation, and private party litigation in the context of corporate employment background screening programs. A slideshow combining both parts of the series… Read more »

California SB 909 Requires Consent to Send Personal Information Offshore

In case you haven’t heard, employers in California have a new rule to follow when conducting employment background checks.  It’s a rule that we firmly support. California SB 909 was signed into law on September 29, 2010 and requires Consumer Reporting Agencies (a.k.a. background screening firms) that instigate an investigative consumer report for employment purposes… Read more »

Recent Scrutiny of Employment Background Screening: Unfair or Legitimate?

As lawmakers and government entities look for ways to help the U.S. economy recover from recent financial turmoil, consumer protection has come to the forefront. Legislators and others seeking to bolster employment opportunities have scrutinized background screening, particularly the use of credit reports and criminal records. While some would call this scrutiny unfair and unjust,… Read more »