Doing a Background Check? Follow the Rules!

If you’re an employer and you’re planning to do a background check, it’s important for you to follow the rules so you remain legally compliant with the process.

Although you have the right to conduct background checks on any potential employees (or, in some cases, volunteers), you do have to adhere to guidelines depending upon federal and state requirements.

For instance, by law, you must obtain written authorization if you’re going to conduct a consumer report or credit report on a would-be worker.  You must also notify them in writing that you plan on doing so.  Verbally agreeing and “shaking on it” isn’t enough!

If you want to know more about staying compliant with background check laws and regulations, contact us today!

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  • Kristina Taylor
    In 1989, Kristina began her career as a customer service representative at the newly formed American Tenant Screen, Inc. Ten years later, she pioneered tenant background screening on the Internet. As a long-standing member of the National Multifamily Resident Information Council (formerly the National Association of Screening Agencies) Kristina gains insight into the trends of the tenant screening industry to better understand the current and future needs of their clients.

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