Disclosure And Authorization Guidance For Background Checks – FTC Guidance

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published an educational piece for employers relating to disclosure and authorization forms. The article, “Background checks on prospective employees: Keep required disclosures simple" provides information for complying with laws pertaining to the background screening process.

A few key takeaways:

  • The FTC’s guidance outlines the requirements employers and organizations face under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
  • Importance of reviewing your disclosure and authorization forms to help ensure they are in line with the guidance.
  • Include legal counsel when reviewing your forms for FCRA compliance.

Remember, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was created to have the consumer’s welfare in mind and keep processes legal and fair. Compliance with the FCRA is required by law. Businesses and organizations not complying with the FCRA are increasing their liability and more importantly, not protecting consumer’s rights.

Click here to read the FTC’s educational information.


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