Background checks can be useful tools to uncover misconduct or dishonest behavior at previous jobs or outside of work, and to determine whether an applicant possesses the positive traits desired in an employee.
They can also be useful to avoid later claims of negligent hiring if things go wrong with a new hire.
However, the decision to useshould be carefully considered and implemented. If you don’t follow the rules, background checks can cause more trouble than they prevent. Your background process can also become the basis for a class-action lawsuit.
Federal & N.Y. laws apply
First, be sure to know and observe the requirements of both the federal(FCRA) and the New York Fair Credit Reporting Act. These statutes largely mirror each other, and both contain technical requirements regarding the collection and use of information.
The state law contains more restric...(register to read more)
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- What are the pitfalls of conducting background investigations on job applicants?
- New law: Employers must review outside investigators' work
- Rx for drug testing: A firm policy, legal knowledge
- How should we handle a deceased worker's e-mail?