Employers should have a clear and lawful policy regarding their practices involving pre-employment background checks. Navigating between privacy laws and workplace safety and security can be very tricky. The foundation for such a policy must be based in open communication between the potential employee and the employer. Reference the Fair Credit Reporting Act for details.

Here is a brief checklist for employers:

  1. Are credit checks relevant to the job for which you are hiring?
  2. Have you provided the applicant with a copy of his/her credit report, a written copy of his/her rights?
  3. Are criminal history background checks aligned with current EEOC regulations?

For assistance with this matter please connect with the HR experts at HR 1Source for help with developing or refreshing your background checking practices or any other “people” matters that you encounter in the workplace.

Contact Ed Fabritiis, Founder and President of HR 1Source at or call Ed directly at (804) 366-5721.

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