Background checks not only are a critical component of smart, safe hiring practices; they also bring investigative resources and skills to the table, as well as seamless ATS integrations, intuitive candidate portals, and scalable solutions for businesses of all sizes. But the laws and regulations surrounding collecting and using consumer information are complex and in flux, so it’s important for employers to stay up-to-date with federal, state, and local requirements to ensure compliance, especially when it comes to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). FCRA compliance includes requirements related to permissible purpose, disclosure and consent, and results. In addition, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has guidelines in place to protect against discrimination. Employers should choose a screening company that is knowledgeable about the FCRA and takes its compliance seriously.