If you’re an employer and you’re planning to do a background check, it’s important for you to follow the rules so you remain legally compliant with the process.
Although you have the right to conduct background checks on any potential employees (or, in some cases, volunteers), you do have to adhere to guidelines depending upon federal and state requirements.
For instance, by law, you must obtain written authorization if you’re going to conduct a consumer report or credit report on a would-be worker. You must also notify them in writing that you plan on doing so. Verbally agreeing and “shaking on it” isn’t enough!