If there's a running theme on our VeriFirst blog, it's compliance for human resources professionals. We understand the importance of compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and offer guidance to those who come to us for background checks. Our staff is FCRA-certified, and we maintain the strictest of protocols when screening for our clients.
As a human resources professional, do you know if your employment forms are compliant and up-to-date?
Requirements for FCRA Compliance
Employment screening is vital to creating a safe working environment and hiring the best candidate for the job. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) ensures that the rights and privacy of the individuals being screened remain intact and respected during the process.
Prior to background checks being performed, the candidates must provide authorization and consent. This disclosure form must be a standalone document that clearly states which screenings will be conducted and that the information may be used to determine if they will be hired.
The candidate will sign the disclosure, providing written authorization for the background checks.
During the signing of the consent and/or after the background checks are conducted, the candidate will receive a summary of their rights under the FCRA document. They can also request a copy of the background check report whether or not they are hired or as part of the adverse action procedures.
Note: The Summary of Consumer Rights notice under the FCRA has been revised by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and employers must comply with the new doucment by March 20, 2024.
All of these forms and templates are included as part of our Compliance Library for Employee Screening as well as other documents that are helpful to understanding background checks and FCRA compliance. We also provide the forms and templates as part of our free online applicant consent portal so they remain up-to-date and relevant for easier compliance.