9 Concepts To Consider When Conducting Background Checks

Law360, New York (March 21, 2014, 12:36 AM EDT) -- On March 10, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission copublished new guidance that for the first time synthesizes the two agencies’ rules on employee background checks.

The new guidance is contained in two documents, "Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know" and "Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Need to Know," and it reflects not only the EEOC’s concern about preventing unlawful discrimination, but also the FTC’s concern about enforcing the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

A central theme is that employers still...
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