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:
- Follow reasonable procedures to assure accuracy.
- Get certifications from your clients.
- Provide your clients with information about the FCRA.
- 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?)