Conducting a background check must be done properly. There are many laws governing how one proceeds with an investigation. These laws vary from state to state. It is important that they be conducted properly. I advise using an experienced, knowledgeable organization to ensure compliance with both federal and state laws.
There are several areas of liability from Title VII violations to Fair Credit Reporting violations. It’s important to “know your stuff”. Most HR Professionals are familiar with the process. If you do not have an HR Professional in your organization, I would recommend using a third party so that you can be sure you are in compliance.
I’ve included a copy of a consent form in today’s blog for your reference. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this topic.
I’ve included a PDF of the standard consent form.