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It is critical to run background checks on all potential hires, right? But what if there may be issues with the services who provide the results?

Recently, several cases have come to light that demonstrate how background checks can be less than accurate. This has caused backlash among employers and employees. The firms in question did not follow the best practices for the industries and, as a result, provided checks that were sometimes for the wrong person all together. So how can you ensure that your background checks are accurate?

Use the Proper Consent Forms

One of the top issues in the recent reports was that the companies in question did not collect the appropriate consent forms for each of the candidates for whom they ran background checks. There are protections for citizens regarding obtaining these records so without the right signatures, and the right language granting permission, the background check companies could be in violation.

Enter Complete Information for Each Applicant

Another issue was that the companies neglected to enter the middle name for each subject. This means that some of the information returned wasn’t accurate for the individual in question. The difference between Benjamin Anthony Jones and Benjamin Andrew Jones can be vast and if incorrect information costs the right candidate to miss out on a job opportunity, there can be major repercussions.

Understand the Laws Regarding Information and Privacy

In the United States consumers, and job seekers, are protected by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). You must also ensure that the use of the applicant’s background information is compliant with federal laws that protect workers. They must not violate the laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) including discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, or religion. Also included are disabilities, genetic information or medical history, or age over 40.

Create Consistent Policies for Your Business

The best ways to avoid issues with background checks, besides working with vetted organizations, is to create policies that are consistent across the board. Ensure that each and every candidate that you consider for any open positions within your company are subject to the same background checking processes. This will ensure that you aren’t unbalanced in your decision making.

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