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Does an employer need your permission to run a background check on you?
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Does an employer need your permission to run a background check on you?

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I got a job and they did not have me sign anything. All the sudden they rescinded there offer for something that happened 5 years ago.


Yes and No. It depends on how much money you are going to be making. There is a federal law called the Fair Credit Reporting Act that requires a company to notify you in writing that they are going to conduct a background check on you...that is if they hire a third party agency, a background screening company to do the check. If an employer does the check themselves, they do not have to comply with the FCRA. Even if they do go through a third party background screening company, as long as you are going to be compensated with a salary of at least $75K, again they do not have to comply with the FCRA.

The form you must sign has to be a separate document from the application and must indicate your rights to receive a copy of the report if you request so. You can find a sample copy of this form here: http://www.crimcheck.com/support/index.php?_m=downloads&_a=viewdownload&downloaditemid=1&nav=0,1

As several have said, it varies by state law. What they can do without your permission, and frequently do, is run a credit check. That willl turn up enough information about your history and character for them to decide whether they want to proceed with you. As this costs them money, they'd probably only do it with someone they were seriously thinking of hiring

That would be regulated by state law. Here in Washington you sign a form when you apply for employment.

Leila C
nope. People do it all the time. They can run a background check, anybody can.

Yes. You generally agree to one when you accept employment.

Make sure to read the fine print.

to do a police or state police check he has to have your signiture releasing the employer the right to that information. Unfortunately if you don't agree to do this you won't get the job. Good Luck!

Cadillac Dan
I think so.

yes they do.You have to sign a form


No xxxx

No unfortunately,you left that at the door when you filled in your application form!

Don't know where you live but in California you have to sign an agreement.

Bet if you read the small print theres something that says they have the right to do a back ground check.. what type of job were you attempting to get?
And it would I'd say have something to do with the crime that you committed 5 years ago.. which was?

By applying for a job, you are giving them permission to run a background check on you.

no but there is usually a place on the application you fill out when applying for the job that you have to sign that gives them permission to do it.

YES in CA you have to have a signed consent form and if you don't, they can't, if they do without your consent, they can get in trouble for violating your rights.

I've applied to jobs where you sign a waiver saying it is ok, so yes they do.

Internet Explorer
You are giving them your permission when you sign the application, it is in there somewhere that says that they can run a background check on you.

Mr. Goodhi

Yes, but its pretty much a given consent once you fill out and turn in the application. There's a box on the application that states: I do not consent to one and unless you check it they will do one. But beware...employers will see it as you are trying to hide something if you don't want one to happen.

You need to give signed consent at least in Illinois that is

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