Employment Background Checks: Know Your Rights.


Taylor Thomas is left searching for a job after his employer of eight years fires him due to the bad economy. Taylor begins the roller coaster ride of the job search process. After eight interviews and eight rejections, Taylor is left feeling baffled. Two of the companies seemed ready to hire him. But, it's as if something happens between the interview and the hiring decision that changes their mind. All of his hope is pinned on the last remaining company...

Is something keeping Taylor from getting a job?

Workplace Privacy and Employee Monitoring


Fact Sheet 7Workplace Privacy and Employee Monitoring

Employers want to be sure their employees are doing a good job, but employees don't want their every sneeze or trip to the water cooler logged. That's the essential conflict of workplace monitoring.

New technologies make it possible for employers to monitor many aspects of their employees' jobs, especially on telephones, computer terminals, through electronic and voice mail, and when employees are using the Internet. Such monitoring is virtually unregulated. Therefore, unless company policy specifically states otherwise (and even this is not assured), your employer may listen, watch and read most of your workplace communications.

Read our guide to learn more about workplace privacy issues.

Employment Background Checks: A Jobseeker's Guide


Fact Sheet 16Employment Background Checks:
A Jobseeker's Guide

Background reports can range from a verification of an applicant's Social Security number to a detailed account of the potential employee's history and acquaintances. There is even some evidence that employers are now searching popular social networking Web sites such as MySpace and Facebook for the profiles of applicants. This guide explains the why and how of background checks. It also tells you what can be covered in a background report, your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and what you can do to prepare.

Employment Background Checks in California: A Focus on Accuracy


Fact Sheet 16aEmployment Background Checks in California:
A Focus on Accuracy

Criminal Records and Getting Back into the Workforce: Six Critical Steps for Ex-offenders Trying to Get Back into the Workforce (Rosen)


For an ex-offender, a job search can become a frustrating Catch-22. Nearly every employment application will ask in some fashion if a person has a criminal record. If a person lies, then they are always at risk of being terminated upon such a criminal record being discovered. If a person is honest and admits the past misconduct, there is a risk of not getting the job.

Online Privacy FAQ


Fact Sheet 18aOnline Privacy FAQ

Can employers monitor your email at work?  How can you get your information removed from websites like Zabasearch and PeopleFinders?  What can you do if someone is pretending to be you on social networking sites like Myspace and Match.com? 

This FAQ answers some of the questions we are often asked by individuals who contact us concerning online privacy and safety.  Learn what you can do to protect your personal information when you use the Internet.

Are the Businesses You Frequent or Work for Exposing You to an Identity Thief?


When we think about data breaches, we often worry about malicious-minded computer hackers exploiting software flaws, or perhaps Internet criminals seeking to enrich themselves at our expense. But the truth is that errors and negligence within the workplace are a significant cause of data breaches that compromise sensitive personal information.

Thus, a critical starting point for preventing future security breaches (and the identity theft that can follow) is developing ironclad policies and practices for handling personal information from within the workplace.

View and Share our NEW VIDEO on Jobseeker Rights


We are excited to announce that our video highlighting jobseeker rights and background checks is ready to view and share! 

Watch the video to find out what’s keeping Taylor Thomas from getting hired. Learn your rights about employment background checks, and spread the word! Although Taylor is a fictional character, the situation dramatized on the six-minute video is similar to many complaints we have received from individuals who have contacted our hotline with questions and complaints about background check errors.

This Labor Day, PRC Urges Jobseekers to Know Their Rights


As the nation celebrates the achievements of American workers this Labor Day weekend, it’s hard to ignore the 13.9 million people who remain unemployed. Millions of Americans are searching for work, and have been for months. The weak job market means employers are being flooded with candidates. 

To weed out candidates, employers often turn to background checks.  In a poll conducted by The Society for Human Resource Management, 73% of employersreported conducting criminal background checks on all job candidates. There are many companies specializing in employment screening and each uses its own method to gather background data. Unfortunately, many consumers have contacted us to report that they were the subject of a background check containing inaccurate data.  It’s important for job seekers to be aware of their rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a law that regulates the consumer reporting industry.

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