Georgia Background Check Laws
What are Georgia background check and ban-the-box laws?
We update this overview of Georgia background check laws and ban-the-box rules often. But laws change quickly, and we cannot guarantee all information is current. Always consult your attorney for legal advice.
- District Laws
Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
In order to set a standard for hiring policies, the federal government created the Fair Credit Reporting Act, or FCRA, which monitors and protects both employers and job candidates.
Our Take: If an employer decides not to hire an applicant after reviewing criminal record information obtained through GCIC, the employer must inform the applicant of: (1) the origin of the record – i.e., that it came from the GCIC; (2) the facts and contents of the record; and (3) the effect the record had on the employer’s final hiring decision.
Ban-The-Box and Fair Hiring Laws
STATE LAWS — PUBLIC SECTOR
Who must follow: This ban-the-box order applies only if you are a government entity of the State of Georgia.
Timing of inquiry: Government entities of the State of Georgia may only inquire into criminal history after the initial employment application.
Adverse action implications: None
LOCAL LAWS — PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMPANIES
See which Georgia counties and cities have local ban-the-box and fair hiring laws.