I screen, you screen, we all screen: New FCRA brochure for background screening companies

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Remember the old ad, “It’s a breath mint. It’s a candy mint. It’s two, two, two mints in one”? Or maybe the Saturday Night Live takeoff, “It’s a dessert topping and a floor wax!” It’s not unusual for something to do double duty. And if you’re in the business of compiling background information for employment purposes, you’re not just a background screening company. Chances are you’re also a consumer reporting agency subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act. If that’s your line, the FTC just released a new publication to help streamline your compliance obligations.

What Employment Background Screening Companies Need to Know About the Fair Credit Reporting Act offers to-the-point guidance on how to determine if the FCRA applies to your business. What’s more, it includes practical tips on meeting four primary requirements of the law:

  1. Follow reasonable procedures to assure accuracy.
  2. Get certifications from your clients.
  3. Provide your clients with information about the FCRA.
  4. Honor the rights of applicants and employees.

The new brochure also includes a handy-dandy cross-referenced chart of key FCRA provisions.

What about businesses that use the services of background screening companies? Check out Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know, a joint publication of the FTC and EEOC. For a deeper FCRA-centric dive, read Using Consumer Reports: What Employers Need to Know. (The new publication for background screening companies can serve as a practical cross-check. How does the company you use measure up in the compliance department?)

Share these resources – and the FTC’s Credit Reporting and Human Resources portals – with the personnel professionals at your company.



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I have my own Pre- Employment Screening service

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