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Sleuthing 101: Background Checks and the Law

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Barry J. Nadell
173 pages

Starts with general info, including the necessity behind pre-employment background checks for employers, citing statistics regarding falsified employment applications, employee theft & lawsuits, employer turnover costs.


  • the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) with statutes and rules
  • FTC (Federal Trade Commission) relating to background checks
  • steps to take before performing a background check
  • including examples of disclosure forms that violate the law
  • workplace investigations
  • electronic signatures
  • adverse action
  • timeframes & accuracy of reports
  • Megan's Law (sex offenders/child molesters)
  • FirstAlert
  • Social Security Trace
  • Motor Vehicle Report
  • References
  • Credit Reporting
  • Education Verification
  • Military Service
  • Civil Records
  • Workers' Compensation records
  • Liens & Judgments
  • current/past criminal warrants & drug rehab records