U.S. Information Search’s blog

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken over rulemaking and enforcement responsibilities for the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and has updated an important form related to background checks. Employers are required to start using this form by January 1, 2013. The FCRA is the...

Criminal Records California Employers have restrictions as to how they may use potential employee criminal record information. Employers may not ask or consider non-conviction matters except pending matters or post–trial diversion programs. This includes a Deferred sentence or Adjudication withheld. California Labor Code §432.7(a) regarding pending matters California...

If an employer denies a job applicant, terminates an employee, rescinds a job offer or denies a promotion based on the results of a background check, it is considered and adverse action. Under federal law there are required steps that must be followed in order to...

Background checks have become an essential component of the hiring process. A screening program may improve the quality of new hires and help companies reduce their chances of being sued for negligence. Challenges can occur when ordering background checks as data entry can be time consuming...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has determined that the use of criminal background checks and credit checks in the employment process-- and denying candidates with poor scores and backgrounds -- could be (and usually is) discriminatory. The EEOC has been aggressively attempting to enforce its...