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Protect yourself from FCRA lawsuitsBe sure to check out this great article, “How to Protect Yourself from FCRA Lawsuits,” published this week on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) blog. It provides essential information for companies doing background investigations.

When conducting background investigations or ordering them for your company, it’s imperative that you follow the guidelines of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). It is also critical that you understand other state and federal laws as they apply to the hiring process, including EEOC and FTC involvement. While you are likely familiar with the FCRA, which stipulates the fair treatment of consumer information in credit reports, consumer reports, and, by extension, background checks, many employers fail to understand the implications of neglecting to follow specific guidelines in the background investigation process.

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Mario Pecoraro is an entrepreneur, corporate visionary, author, and founder of Alliance Risk Group. The company specializes in background screening and comprehensive claims investigations. A member of NAPBS, Alliance employees hold FCRA Advanced Certification.

Pecoraro has presented at conferences across the country on mitigating risks related to workplace violence, insurance fraud, and background investigation best practices. He recently published a book called The Claim Game: Twenty Best Practices When Managing and Investigating Workers’ Comp Claims. For more information about the company, follow Pecoraro’s LinkedIn Company Page or Individual Page, Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

For more information on hiring regulations, download the whitepaper EEOC Guidance and Background Investigations: 8 Important Factors to Consider When Reviewing an Applicant’s Prior Convictions.