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Using FCRA Compliant
Background Checks Is
Not Enough

Does your background check service help you
meet all compliance laws?


Employment Background Check Compliance Is Harder Than Ever

Increasing EEOC Oversight

The EEOC has increased discrimination claims against employers whose screening policies disproportionately affect a protected group.


Hiring policies that disproportionately screen out minorities, including people with criminal records, may automatically be considered in violation.
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Ultimate Guide To
FCRA Compliance

New Ban-The-Box Laws

The ban-the-box legal landscape is quickly expanding and often contains provisions that differ from established FCRA procedures and may even turn EEOC guidance into law.


What do you do when FCRA, EEOC, and ban-the-box laws conflict? Download this simple decision tree to determine which laws you have to follow to stay compliant.
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Guide To Resolving
Compliance Conflict

Grassroots State & Local Laws

A growing patchwork of 180+ states, counties, and cities have ban-the-box legislation in effect; and details of ban-the-box laws vary by jurisdiction.


As more local lawmakers and advocacy groups address how employers use criminal histories in employment decisions, any new state or local rules becomes trickier—and the stakes get higher.
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State & Local
Ban-The-Box Laws

Class-Action Lawsuits & Enforcement Actions

With recent FCRA compliance decisions pointing in confusingly different directions, don’t bank on leniency from the courts.


Learn from other companies’ background check mistakes—recent class-action lawsuits provide valuable employment screening compliance lessons you can start using today.

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Compliance Lessons
& Best Practices

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GoodHire’s Compliance Advantage

We’ve integrated adverse action at the federal, state and local level with easy-to-understand, automated workflows to create the only true end-to-end solution.

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  • Dead-simple adverse action means we’ve automated everything we can to help you make the best hiring decisions.
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  • Built-in compliance meets federal, state and local laws, even when they conflict, so you don’t have to be a compliance expert.
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Individualized Assessment With
Comments For Context

  • Federal and state laws discourage employers from screening out applicants based on a criminal record alone.
  • Background check results offer limited details, making it hard to create the individualized assessment needed for Adverse Action.
  • GoodHire Comments for Context stay with a candidate’s GoodHire results forever, so any employer who uses GoodHire will see them.
  • One way to avoid discrimination is to consider the relevance of the record to the job, along with other factors.
  • GoodHire Comments for Context lets candidates add relevant details that help you make fair, individualized hiring decisions.
  • GoodHire provides guidelines to keep the information fact-based and insights-focused.

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Ban-The-Box Legislation

The grassroots ban-the-box campaign aims to improve the odds of finding employment for people with criminal records by removing the question that asks about criminal convictions from employment applications.

Ban-the-box laws typically don’t forbid employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history or from running background checks. However, they can affect the timing of background checks and can make complying with the FCRA-mandated adverse action process trickier.

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) governs permissible use and Adverse Action, and is enforced by the FTC.
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EEOC Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.
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Fair Chance Business Pledge is an Obama White House-led call for the private sector to eliminate hiring barriers for people with criminal records.
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GoodHire helps employers comply with all local state laws through customized flows & educational resources.
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GoodHire staff are trained through advanced FCRA courses. Top-notch legal and compliance team.
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Privacy by Design approach combines respect for users and holistic consideration of regulatory trends.
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Comments for Context provides employers with details that help you make fair, individualized hiring decisions.
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GoodHire is SOC 2 Type II-certified for compliance with AICPA’s Trust Service Principles.

Do You Know Your Background
Check Laws?

Whether you’ve been hiring for years or are new to
background check regulations, here’s a fun way to
test your FCRA compliance, EEOC, and ban-the-box
expertise in just 60 seconds.

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