3 questions to ask yourself before launching a background check program

types of checks you can perform and so many regulatory agencies and legal issues to stay on top of. Before you get started, there are some pretty critical questions you should have clear answers for. Here are a few we recommend you spend time considering:

background check program1. How do I stay compliant?

There are a plethora of regulatory agencies, state governments, local governments, and consumer rights advocates, all focused on ensuring the background check process is as accurate and transparent as possible. Take every precaution to make sure your organization is aware of all of these rules and regulations. Being aware of EEOC and FCRA policies in particular, as well as any state and federal legislation, is going to play a critical role as your organization continues to grow. In this industry, bad things that emerge out of a non-compliant program are significantly worse, more expensive, and negatively impactful to your brand, than almost all other bad outcomes.

2. Who am I doing this for?

Who are the key stakeholders within your organization that need to play a part in helping to construct your background check program? What are the types of background check they will need? A deeper background check may take longer and cost more, but will help with compliance. In this instance, a candidate may take another job while waiting. Is everyone who is involved in the process ok with that? Or is that a situation to avoid? Plan out for these scenarios and make program decisions that involve all stakeholders.

3. What’s my goal?

As an organization, what are the key objectives to implementing a background check program? Alongside involving stakeholders, your main objectives are something that need to be made clear from the start. These objectives, while always leading to a safer workplace and more protected business, will be different depending on the industry, location, and maturity of the organization. If you’re looking for support in launching your background check program, or simply have a few questions you’d like answered, our team will be happy to help. Get started today.]]>

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