In March 2014, the EEOC announced a joint publication with the FTC, of what the EEOC called in its news release
two technical assistance documents that explain how the agencies’ respective laws apply to background checks performed for employment purposes. One document is for employers; the other is for job applicants and employees. This is the first time that the two agencies have partnered to create resources addressing concerns in this key area.
EEOC website: Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know and Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know.
FTC website: Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know and Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employers Should Know.
Morrison & Foerster prepared a client alert, Not-So-Unlikely Bedfellows? The FTC and the EEOC Join Forces to Issue Guidance on Employment Background Checks.
Eric J. Ellman is Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) in Washington, DC. He also served for eight months as Interim President and CEO of the Association. More