Background Checks: Rules to Remember

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Due to the increasing number of crimes and negligence in Companies and Government firms, the performance of background checks to employees are continually stressed and considered vital before receiving any job seeker. However, not all information is needed and you might encounter some restrictions in obtaining data, paying attention to the rights of “privacy and confidentiality”.

On the internet alone, thousands of websites are offering background check services that made the information readily available for everyone. But have you asked yourself—what information is really needed or not? Are these sites offering the background checks genuine and legit, offering accurate info? Do we know the limitations in obtaining vital information of a particular person?

Based on the new laws in background checking, the employers must learn not to go beyond the limits of digging records. As observed in today’s society, employers tend to go extreme in checking for the job seeker, not knowing that this will lead to lawsuits especially in privacy issues.

Background Checks Laws and Rules

  • Obtain Consent Before Taking an Action. Before anything else, it is a rule of thumb to always obtain consent from the potential employee or job seeker. This is like asking for permission from that person to dig data and records about him/her. Even with permission, employer must not abuse this to get very sensitive information, especially if it’s not related to the work.

In order to make it more secure for the employer and employee, much better if it is put into writing—serving as a legal document.

  • Information must be related to Work and Business. There is a need for employers to understand that background checking is not about knowing all the whole personality and being of a person (these includes history and private life information)—but the relevance of a particular record to the work that is being offered. This includes the performance, any negligent acts made from previous work, as well as basic info like birthday, full name, birthplace and address.
  • Be aware of the Restricted Records. Though criminal records are important to be included in the screening, some states and countries strongly restrict the disposal of it. It is important to know that criminal records are allowed for the employers to know if the firms they are handling are government firms, security guard agency as well as child care facilities.

Acquiring knowledge about laws and rules in background checks is essential to keep ourselves away from any possible lawsuits. Therefore, it should always be followed in order not to complicate things and prevent problems from later.

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