CredentialCheck, a leading background check and employment screening solutions provider, is dispelling five common myths and misconceptions about Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance. By shedding light on these misconceptions, CredentialCheck aims to provide clarity and help employers make informed decisions regarding background checks.
Myth 1: Background Checks Take Too Long to Complete
Time is of the essence when hiring desirable candidates, and conducting a background check doesn’t have to be time-consuming. In most cases, checks can be completed within 24 hours, with some taking up to three days, depending on industry-specific requirements.
Myth 2: Background checks are Too Expensive
While the cost of a background check varies depending on the company and the type of information required, the price of a bad hire far exceeds the cost of a thorough screening. Investing in background checks helps mitigate risks and protect your business from potential liabilities.
Myth 3: Background Checks Only Include Criminal Records
Criminal records are just one part of a comprehensive background check. CredentialCheck offers a multitude of services that can provide information on credit history, character, education, civil and criminal lawsuits, job history, verifications and driving records. By obtaining a well-rounded picture of job candidates, employers can make informed hiring decisions that align with their organizational goals.
Myth 4: If a Background Check Reveals a Criminal Record, Disqualification Is Immediate
Under the FCRA, employers are required to comply with adverse action requirements, offering job candidates the opportunity to dispute information obtained from a background check. Additionally, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission advises employers to consider a candidate’s criminal record only if it is relevant to the position they are applying for. CredentialCheck helps employers navigate these complexities and stay compliant with regulations.
Myth 5: Background Checks are Only Necessary for Pre-Employment Screening
To ensure the ongoing safety of organizations, background checks should be an ongoing practice rather than a one-time event. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, after four years of employment, 10% of employees will have been arrested twice. Ongoing screening and workforce monitoring are essential in protecting brand reputation and maintaining a secure work environment.
To learn more about CredentialCheck and how to remain FCRA compliant when it comes to background checks, visit their website or contact their sales team at (888) 689-2000.