Compliance Tip #5–Background Checks–New form effective 1/1/2013

By now, most employers are aware of the value of conducting professional background checks. It costs a little up front, but can save thousands by avoiding a bad hire. Although background checks are not legally required, if you do them, you must comply with applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.  If you are not now doing background checks, I highly recommend you begin to do so immediately.

Effective 1/1/2013, employers are required to use the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) new Corrected Background Check Forms.  Click for Employer information regarding CFPB forms. This form also includes a model “Summary of Your Rights” sheet which employers must provide to applicants as part of the background check process.

For years, I have worked with and highly recommended A Matter of Fact.  They provide a menu of services for background checks to employers to ensure they get just what they need.   They also have a great website with valuable free information for employers.  Cost effective and easy to access, they offer a paperless online order entry and applicant interface system.

Make it a new year’s resolution and part of your hiring process to do background checks if you are not already doing so.   Believe me, it is money well spent!

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