Before Background Checking on Potential Employees, Get a Signed Disclosure

According to the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act), you must have an employee sign a disclosure authorizing a background check prior to performing that check. All consumer reports, not just credit reports, are subject to the regulations of the FCRA, as well as the varying local and state laws that apply. Employers need to consult an attorney, or hire an experienced screening company, in order to comply with the specific laws in their own state.

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