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First Advantage Releases: “Uncover the Past: The Guide to Understanding Criminal Record Searches for Employers in the United States”

First Advantage, the world’s largest background screening firm has published a comprehensive guide about the criminal record background screening process.

“Our survey research suggests that 22 percent of employers are unsure about which type of criminal records searches are appropriate to order,” said Scott Staples, CEO of First Advantage. “Because the risks associated with non-compliance for criminal background searches can be significant, we feel it’s important to offer employers a resource of up-to-date facts and information associated with the
sources, rules and components of the criminal history screening process.”

Among other topics, the document discusses:

  • The key differences between federal and county-level records checks
  • The most common criminal records searches employers order and their average costs
  • How criminal records are used for hiring decisions
  • The risks and strategies associated with different types of criminal records packages.

It also provides a primer on the various rules regulating criminal records checks throughout the world, from the U.S. Fair Credit Reporting Act to Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.


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