The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has released two guidance documents explaining employers’ duties and the rights of consumers in regard to employment-related background checks.
While the documents do not reveal information not already covered by previous EEOC guidance releases, their joint publication and release by the federal agencies highlight the focus by the FTC and EEOC in pursuing employer compliance with all aspects of the law when background checks are used to make employment decisions.
These publications offer simple and concise guidance for employers and applicants/employees. A-Check recommends employers spend a few minutes reviewing their contents and compare them to their current background check policies to ensure compliance.
Background Checks – What Employers Need to Know (PDF)
Background Checks – What Job Applicants and Employees Need to Know (PDF)
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