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?

La privacidad en el trabajo y el monitoreo de empleados


Fact Sheet 7La privacidad en el trabajo y el monitoreo de empleados

"Other" Consumer Reports: What You Should Know about "Specialty" Reports


Fact Sheet 6b"Other" Consumer Reports:
What You Should Know about "Specialty" Reports

Despite its name, the Fair Credit Reporting Act covers a lot more than simply credit reports. Credit reports are just one of a broader category of consumer reports covered by the FCRA. Consumer reports can also include reports about you made to employers, insurance companies, banks, and landlords. In recent years, many new companies have sprouted, compiling reports specifically targeted at employers, insurers, and landlords. The companies that compile reports for targeted users are “consumer reporting agencies” under the FCRA, just like the three national credit bureaus: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax.

Companies that compile reports on consumers for other than credit have been designated by Congress as “nationwide specialty consumer reporting agencies.” These agencies compile reports about much more than just your credit history. Here are a few examples of the types of reports that they compile:

  • Medical conditions (for example, the Medical Information Bureau (MIB) report)
  • Residential or tenant history and evictions (for example, the Unlawful Detainer (UD) Registry)
  • Check writing history (for example ChexSystems)
  • Employment background checks
  • Homeowner and auto insurance claims (for example, CLUE reports)

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

Small Business Owner Background Check Guide


Fact Sheet 16bSmall Business Owner Background Check Guide

Small business owners and large corporations alike know the value of good employees. But unlike large corporations, small business owners are often unable to absorb the risks and liability that may come from bad hiring decisions. This guide is intended to acquaint small business owners with basic information about screening applicants and current employees.

FAQ on Employment Background Checks


Fact Sheet 16cFAQ on Employment Background Checks

Will my old conviction, probation or arrest show up on a background check? Will a criminal record automatically disqualify me from ever getting a job?  I am a long-term employee - can an employer now do a background check on me?

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse receives many questions from consumers about the employment background checking process. In this publication, we've compiled a list of the questions we hear most frequently from consumers about this issue. Read our guide to find out how backgound checks work, what rights you have when undergoing a background check and what to do when your rights are violated. 

Volunteer Background Checks: Giving Back Without Giving Up on Privacy


Fact Sheet 16dVolunteer Background Checks:
Giving Back Without Giving Up on Privacy

Every day, millions of volunteers donate countless hours to good causes. Volunteers mentor to young people, read to toddlers, coach youth sports, tutor in basic math and language skills, change bedpans, prepare and deliver meals, fight fires, provide disaster assistance, and much more. Volunteers can and do perform many of the same duties as paid workers. But, instead of a regular paycheck volunteers do what they do out of a desire to give back to their community.

In today’s queasy, security-conscious climate, organizations are faced with a growing challenge — how to accomplish their mission while protecting the vulnerable population served. At the same time, organizations that rely on volunteers must perform a delicate balancing act — how to properly screen out bad actors without alienating dedicated, privacy-conscious volunteers.

This guide seeks to explore the expanding world of volunteer screening, identify relevant laws as well as fundamental privacy protections, and offer suggestions for organizations and volunteers. References and additional resources are included at the end of this guide.

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.

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