One trap employers should be careful of is failing to have an online employment screening release form that is separate from the rest of the application.
It must be completely separate and have no “distracting” language included.
Liability For Violations Of The FCRA
Failure to comply with the FCRA can result in state government or federal government enforcement actions, as well as private lawsuits. In addition, any person who knowingly and willfully obtains a consumer report under false pretenses may face criminal prosecution.
FCRA/FACTA – Fair Credit Reporting Act
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA/FACTA) is the primary federal law governing background checks in the United States.
Under the FCRA, an applicant/employee cannot bring any action or proceeding in the nature of defamation, invasion of privacy, or negligence with respect to the reporting of information against an agency, its customers, or any person who furnishes information to the agency if they are in compliance with the FCRA (except as to false information furnished with malice or willful intent to injure).
Questions and Answers About the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions