HR

How do I do a background check?

Background checks: not the most exciting thing, but an essential part of making sure you are hiring the right person for the job.

If you are doing a background check on a potential employee, the Fair Credit Reporting Act says you must use a Consumer Reporting Company to perform the check. In other words, you can’t do just do the check yourself. Using a Consumer Reporting Company is important because the information from the check may influence your hiring decision, so you want to make sure you stay compliant with the service you use.

Once you have selected a service to use, they’ll handle the whole process for you and give you the background information you need to make your decision about your candidate.

This article provides general information and shouldn’t be construed as legal or HR advice. Since employment laws may change over time and can vary by location and industry, please consult a lawyer or HR expert for advice specific to your business.