I’ve posted before on the issue of background checks for employees; see prior posts here  and here.  Now, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) have issued joint informal guidance concerning background checks and their suggested best practices for such checks.

The guidance can be found here.

Employers need to be particularly cognizant of handling background checks with care since the EEOC has targeted enforcement directed to class based recruitment and hiring procedures which includes background checks.
Dori K. Stibolt is a senior associate with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. Dori defends and counsels management in labor and employment litigation matters pertaining to wage and overtime claims, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave/restraint, and whistle-blower claims. You can contact Dori at 561-804-4417 or dstibolt@foxrothschild.com.