Category: Reference & Background Checks

Reference checking and background checking are critical (but not easy) parts of the recruiting process. Legal pitfalls abound, especially with discrimination, privacy, and third party participation.

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How the Fair Credit Reporting Act Affects Hiring and Firing

Employers that engage third-party agencies for assistance in conducting background checks on employees or job applicants or gathering information for workplace investigations must strictly adhere to the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (FCRA) notice and authorization requirements.

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4 Tips for Helping Jobseekers with References

As recruiters, you may work directly with jobseekers to perfect their résumés and help them stand out among a sea of applicants. Besides making sure the résumé is flawless, you should also work with candidates to make sure they have a solid reference list—otherwise, the candidate runs the risk of being passed over.

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Ban-the-Box and Salary History Prohibitions: Impact on Employers

Class action lawsuits involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) are not the only compliance concern for employers performing background checks in an increasingly complex legal environment. In addition, employers are impacted by state and local requirements, including “ban the box” laws and salary history prohibitions. This article is a brief introduction to these […]

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Job Applicants with Criminal Charges, Convictions: What Can Employers Do?

Employers often use job applications to seek information about candidates’ conviction records. Criminal background checks are often performed before hiring an employee. The reasons for seeking the information seem obvious, but unfortunately, how the information can be used is not.

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The Company that Hires Ex-Convicts

Most people who have filled out job applications have at one time or another seen the question asking whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime. This could mean either a misdemeanor, relatively minor crimes punishable by up to a year in jail, or felonies, serious crimes that could be punished by years […]

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What Are Posthire Background Checks?

Most employers perform some form of background screening on prospective employees. Often, this is conducted as a condition of the job offer. The candidate proceeds through the hiring process and is made a conditional offer, and the offer proceeds if nothing negative is discovered through the screening process.