Background Screening: Compliance
Compliance in the background screening industry works in two ways:
1. A Screening Is Required
There are certain situations in which governmental and regulatory bodies require employers to perform background screenings on prospective employees. These screenings must meet certain standards of thoroughness and detail. Agencies that may require screenings include the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), among others.
2. Protecting Your Rights
There are certain restrictions and standards which we must abide by in performing screenings to protect the rights and privacy of the individuals being screened. For instance, the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) seeks to ensure privacy, fairness, and accuracy of information in the files of each and every consumer reporting agency. There are also agencies, laws, and regulations which seek to prevent discrimination against certain individuals, such as workers with disabilities who have protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Some states also enact additional rules outside of the federal government. These rules must be followed depending on where the individuals being screened reside and where the results are reported.
How We Can Help
Our staff is fully trained in the applicable acts and provisions that govern our industry. We stay up-to-date on laws and requirements so we can ensure you are in compliance at all times. We are committed to protecting you from fines and legal action, and will provide information documents and templates of letters and forms necessary to meet these requirements. Questions? We are happy to discuss with you further how you can stay well within the letter of the law. Contact us today!