While employment lawyers spend a substantial amount of time advising clients about legal issues arising out of employment separations, they receive far fewer requests for legal advice about the hiring process. Understanding the details of background screening becomes ever more important for employers operating across state lines, where various “ban the box” laws may exist. More and more states also are looking into whether or not employers can ask about credit history. The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulates how background checks must be conducted. The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) is a great source for employers who wish to understand the screening tactics and compliance.