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EEOC and FTC Offer Joint Tips on Background Checks for Employment Purposes - March 31, 2014

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have released two joint publications in order to provide both employers and potential employees with information and tips regarding background checks for employment purposes. Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection maintains the importance of these guides in "help[ing] ensure that employers and potential employees have a solid understanding of their rights and responsibilities."

Key recommendations from the guide include information about obtaining written permission for conducting background checks, how to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requirement for adverse action, and how to dispose of background information.

Click here for the guide: Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know.

The second guide, intended for employees and potential employees, provides information about an employee or applicants' legal rights when it comes to background checks for employment purposes. The publication explains laws concerning information that employers cannot ask applicants and employees for, laws regarding consent for conducting checks and obtaining a copy of a report, as well as how negative information found in a report can and cannot be used in a hiring decision.

Click here for the guide: Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know.