Agency Action

Agencies offer information on use of background checks. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have copublished two documents explaining how the agencies' respective laws apply to background checks performed for employment purposes. The agencies emphasize that employers need written permission from applicants before getting background reports about them from companies in the business of compiling background information. They also reaffirm that it's illegal to discriminate based on a person's race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. Read More...