Background Checks

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    Federal law imposes strict limits and disclosure requirements on an employer’s use of credit and consumer reports in making hiring decisions. The FCRA applies any time employers decide to use a third party to investigate and do background checks on applicants instead of investigating them on their own. The law specifically covers two kinds...

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    Q I have been thinking about hiring an outside contractor to conduct social media searches on select applicants for employment at our company. To me, these searches potentially offer a great opportunity to weed out "bad apples" before they become employees and therefore much harder to get rid of. I am constantly amazed at what people post on their...
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    The Mississippi Legislature passed three bills regarding employer-union relations and one bill regarding background checks. All four bills have been signed by the governor. When signing the union- related bills, the governor stated, "Just to be blunt about it: We just don't want unions involved in our businesses or our public sector." Let's review...
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    Criminal history records and credit scores will soon be off-limits for job applications in Delaware's public sector. House Bill (HB) 167 passed the Delaware Senate on May 1 and was signed by Governor Jack Markell on May 8. HB 167 prohibits public employers and employers with contracts with state agencies from "inquiring into or considering the...
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    Q We provide income tax audit representation, so we have access to our clients' private and financial information. Can we still ask about criminal convictions on our job applications? We don't care about things like DUIs, but we would care about fraud, theft, and embezzlement. A Yes, you can ask about criminal convictions on job applications or...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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