Nobody wants to break the law. Nobody wants to hire the wrong Employee, either. While there is no single government agency responsible for all the laws effecting employment applicant screening, the government does provide a nice list of what you need for each part of the employment screening process.
You need to worry about breaking laws created to eliminate discrimination. Governments don't want employers discriminating for reasons you have never imagined. You cannot, for example, reject an employee due to a previous bankruptcy.
You should also know that some states have strict rules on the use of criminal history background reports. You should check your state's laws so you don't get hit with a discrimination law suit simply for running the report.
If you are considering using an honesty test or lie detector you should know that the former is often part of anti-discrimination law and the latter is strictly illegal for most businesses.
Many reports require specific written consent from the applicant and a few may provide information you have no right to use in the application process. You can't change the laws, but you can get some valuable information on your obligations at the article below.
Understanding debt collection and background screening best practices can save your business big money. Building up front applicant screening into your business processes costs you very little, but saves you so much in the end. If you haven't already, partner with a full service debt collection and applicant screening company to guide your business to a place of security and prosperity.
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