Do I need to get permission to run a background check?

Do I need to get permission to run a background check?

The short answer is yes: the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires you to get permission from your applicant or employee before conducting a background check. Aside from this legal requirement, telling applicants what to expect as part of the selection process is considered a professional courtesy, especially if you’ll conduct background checks, which dig into history that may not be directly related to the work they will be doing.

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