Despite the unemployment rate and business closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are still hiring. And despite the enormous amount of changes resulting from the pandemic, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) still applies when a company performs a background check.

The FCRA is the federal law that governs the background screening industry, including background checks, also called “consumer reports,” and background check companies, also called “consumer reporting agencies.” Among other obligations, under the FCRA, employers must:

    1. make a clear and conspicuous written disclosure to the applicant informing them that a background check may be conducted
    2. receive written consent from the individual for the employer to receive the background check report
    3. provide the individual with a “pre-adverse action” letter, along with a copy of the report and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Summary of Rights and give the applicant sufficient time to review and/or dispute the findings, prior to taking any action such as rescinding the employment offer or terminating employment
    4. provide the individual with an “adverse action” letter with specific language, as mandated by the FCRA, when the employer is ready to take the adverse action (mentioned above)

Background screening is a highly regulated industry, but not just by the federal government. States also have various requirements that must be followed ranging from notice requirements to what can and cannot be asked during the application and interviewing processes. Working with an accredited company, such as Hire Image, can help you stay on top of these regulations and help keep your company in compliance.

Class action lawsuits against employers for not following the FCRA are still prevalent across the country and aren’t going away due to the pandemic. Don’t try to navigate this alone. Hire Image can help! Contact us today.


About Hire Image

Hire Image LLC was founded in 2005 and is a comprehensive background check company with offices in Rhode Island, Florida, Minnesota, and Washington.

Hire Image enables our clients to make well-informed pre-employment, new hire, and post-employment hiring and retention decisions. We specialize in employment background checks, drug screening tests, international background checks, industry-specific background checks, and post-hire services.

Our pre-employment services include criminal and terrorist searches, education and employment background investigations/verifications, motor vehicle record searches, credit reports, drug and health screenings, reference and license checks, and address and Social Security number tracing.

Our new hire and post-employment screening services include identity and immigration status verifications, employee audits and monitoring, random drug testing, and risk and compliance checks.

What Makes Hire Image Different?
Hire Image succeeds because, for almost two decades, we’ve remained true to our core values: honesty, integrity, dependability, and service to others. We consider ourselves valued partners in the success of our client’s companies. Our thorough background checks and employee screenings enable our clients to make well-informed hiring and retention decisions while remaining compliant. We work with national and international companies, small businesses, and large corporations to ensure they hire the “right” people, in their own “image.”

Tenant Background Checks
Hire Image also partners with landlords enabling them to make smart tenant leasing decisions with Tenant Patrol, our tenant screening service.

Heightened safety, security, and legal concerns of everyday life, combined with greater employee and customer turnover, has led to an increased demand for our background checks and screening services.

Hire image concentrates on our business, so you can concentrate on yours.