FTC Advises HR to Keep Required Screening Forms Simple

Required background check disclosure and authorization forms should be clearly worded and not weighed down with "complicated legal jargon" or "extra acknowledgements or waivers," the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said in a new nonbinding guidance.

Before obtaining a background screening report on a prospective employee, the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that the employer disclose its intent to screen the person and that he or she provide written authorization allowing the screen to occur. FULL ARTICLE