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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In addition to the FCRA, employers must comply with the Washington statute regulating the use of consumer reports in employment (WA Rev. Code Sec. 19.182.005, et seq.). The requirements for obtaining consumer reports under the Washington statute are, for the most part, the same as the requirements under the FCRA, including that before procuring a consumer report, the employer must provide the employee with a clear and conspicuous written disclosure informing the employee that a consumer report may be obtained for employment purposes. Under the state law, the disclosure may be made in an employment application, ...

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