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Employee background check

What does employee background check refer to?

An employee background check is where an employer investigates a candidate’s information to assess their suitability for a job. This can include criminal history, employment history, education, and more. Across the world, the types of information collected and the regulations governing the background check process can vary, but in the United States, there are three main requirements.

The first is to follow the Data Protection Act of 2018. This means that employers collect only the necessary data about employees and protect their privacy by processing this information correctly. Candidates should always have a right to access data about them and employers must inform individuals about the purposes of the background check and how their data will be used. Employers should also follow The Fair Credit Recording Act (FCRA) by obtaining the candidate’s written consent in their declaration of information.

The other main consideration when running background checks in the US is to ensure fair hiring by following the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This ensures that people are not discriminated against during the hiring process based on protected characteristics such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age.

Background checks can improve hiring quality and protect companies against the risks of recruitment. However, to streamline the process and avoid any compliance issues or complaints from new hires, companies should partner with an organization such as Multiplier to run the checks.

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