• Practical Guidance for Conducting Background Checks
  • August 4, 2014 | Author: Maureen E. Carr
  • Law Firm: Rees Broome, PC - Tysons Corner Office
  • The federal government has recently taken several steps to provide guidance to employers who conduct background checks for employment-related purposes. In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency responsible for enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws, issued its “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964” (http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest&under;conviction.cfm), a comprehensive statement of the EEOC’s background check policies. In March 2014, the EEOC and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the agency responsible for enforcing the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), issued a joint publication on employment-based background checks (http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/background&under;checks&under;employers.cfm). Collectively, these publications offer valuable direction to employers who utilize background checks, including criminal background checks and consumer reports.