By Kristen E. Smith and WAKEUP CALL
The number of employers that conduct background checks as part of the hiring process has steadily increased. Background checks can help uncover misconduct or dishonest behavior at previous jobs and determine whether applicants possess the positive traits employers desire. They can also help avoid negligent hiring claims if things go wrong with a new hire. However, a recently filed lawsuit demonstrates that the decision to use background checks should be carefully considered and implemented.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires employers to provide applicants with a stand-alone disclosure and authorization form before conducting background checks...Read More