Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a must when it comes to conducting a pre-employment background check. Getting to know the FCRA will help ensure legal compliance. The set of regulations helps manage creditors’ and potential employers’ access to people’s private data. Employers must obtain written consent from an employee or candidate prior to conducting a background check. The FCRA doesn’t just govern employment background checks, but it also protects information collected by consumer reporting agencies and states that companies that provide information to consumer reporting agencies also have specific legal obligations, including the responsibility to investigate the disputed information.