Washington Background Checks laws & HR compliance analysis

Washington Background Checks: What you need to know

There are a number of ways for employers to gather information on the background of an applicant for employment. Employers may simply call an applicant's former employer to confirm the applicant's dates of employment and title and to try to obtain a more detailed reference from a supervisor. However, more and more frequently, employers are hiring third parties to conduct background checks on applicants who have been offered employment. In addition, depending on the nature of the position, employers are requesting reports about an applicant's driving record, criminal record, and/or credit history. There are often legal limits on employers obtaining and using this type of information. When employers hire a third party to conduct a background check or to obtain reports from outside agencies, such reports are subject to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws. In Washington, employers must comply with laws concerning consumer reports, criminal background checks, and driver's record information.
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Under regulations of the Washington Human Rights Commission, preemployment inquiries by employers concerning arrests are discouraged. Permitted inquiries include whether charges are still pending, whether charges have been dismissed, or whether charges have led to conviction. The inquiry must be about arrests for crimes that involve behavior that would adversely affect job performance and that occurred within the last 10 years. This inquiry restriction does not apply to law enforcement agencies and state agencies; school districts; and businesses and other organizations that have a direct responsibility for the supervision, care, or ...

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