Background and Credit Checks: Legal Risks and Workable Solutions

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Considering using Google™ or blogs like Facebook, Linkedin® or Twitter to investigate an employee's or job applicant's background? Done correctly, background checks can be an effective way to uncover dishonest applicants, prevent negligent hiring claims and even prevent workplace violence. But investigating online for credit checks and criminal reports can also invite discrimination claims, identity theft risks, and even more serious legal repercussions if you run afoul of the Fair Credit Reporting Act or the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.

Learn when you should -- and should not -- investigate employees and applicants and how to use background checks to ensure an effective and legal hiring process.