Background checks, employee investigations and the FCRA

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Chances are your organization performs background checks on applicants before you hire them. It’s a good way to make sure you are hiring competent, honest and reliable people. You also might arrange for a new investigation when a promotion is in the works or an employee is about to take on additional, more responsible duties.

Many employers conduct background checks when investigating reports of employee misconduct, such as alleged sexual harassment or suspected theft.

Employers that use third parties (referred to in the law as credit reporting agencies, or CRAs) to perform background checks and investigations need to be aware of the requirements of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

How the FCRA works

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces the FCRA. The FTC conducts employer audits to find out whether an employer is using a CRA to conduct background checks and, if so, whether the employer prov...(register to read more)

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