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Background Screening Toolkit

Background Check Screening Toolkit

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What’s inside:

Types of Checks

This section covers the various types of background checks, such as criminal record checks, employment and education verification, and credit checks, and helps employers determine which checks are necessary for different positions.

Tools and Resources

This section introduces various tools and resources that can help employers conduct efficient and accurate background checks, including online screening services, reference check templates, and sample background check policies.

Necessary Information

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Table of Contents

Background Screening Overview

Provides an introduction to the importance of background checks in the hiring process, including the legal implications, best practices, and industry standards.

Why Conduct Background Checks?

Explores the importance of conducting background checks in the hiring process, including protecting the company's reputation, reducing legal risks, and ensuring the safety of employees and customers.

Developing a Background Screening Program

Provides step-by-step guidance on how to develop a comprehensive background screening program, including defining roles and responsibilities, selecting the right screening methods, and establishing policies and procedures.

Step-by-Step Process

Provides a detailed guide on how to conduct a thorough background check, from obtaining candidate consent to reviewing results and taking action, and includes tips for minimizing errors and delays in the process.

Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

Explains the legal requirements and obligations under the FCRA when conducting background checks, including the disclosure and authorization process, adverse action notices, and dispute resolution procedures.

Before Taking Adverse Action

Provides guidance on how to handle adverse findings in a background check, including the pre-adverse action notice, candidate rights to dispute, and considerations for making a final decision.


Covers the types of verifications that can be conducted during a background check, such as employment, education, and reference checks, and provides tips on how to ensure accurate and efficient verification processes.

EEOC Guidance

Outlines the guidelines and best practices provided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for conducting background checks in a fair and non-discriminatory manner, including using individualized assessments and considering the nature of the offense, its relevance to the job, and the time elapsed.

Business Necessity

Explains the concept of business necessity in the context of background checks, including the legal standards and practical considerations for determining whether a particular background check requirement is job-related and consistent with business necessity.

Compliance Recommendations

Provides practical recommendations and best practices for staying compliant with background check laws and regulations, including implementing an internal audit process, reviewing policies and procedures regularly, and staying up-to-date on legal developments.

Credit Checks

Covers the legal and practical considerations involved in conducting credit checks during the hiring process, including the requirements under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the potential impact on diversity and inclusion efforts, and alternatives to credit checks.

Federal Drug Testing Requirements

Explains the federal drug testing requirements that apply to certain industries and positions, including the types of drugs tested, the frequency of testing, and the consequences of non-compliance.

Motor Vehicle Records Check

Covers the legal and practical considerations involved in conducting motor vehicle records checks during the hiring process, including the requirements under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the relevance of the information to the job, and the potential liability for negligent hiring.

Workers’ Compensation History

Explains the legal and practical considerations involved in obtaining and using workers' compensation history in the hiring process, including the limitations on what can be asked and considered, and the potential liability for discrimination or retaliation.

Ten Background Check Templates

Provides ten customizable background check templates for various types of positions, such as entry-level, managerial, and healthcare positions, that employers can use as a starting point to develop their own background check policies and procedures.

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