I recently checked out Quora which is getting a lot of buzz lately (with mixed reviews). What is Quora you ask? The best way to describe it is it’s a Q&A social networking site. I’m not sure if Quora is going to be social media’s newest “it” platform, but I did find some questions on employee background screening that you might find helpful.
Here’s one question that I recently answered:
Q – Is it legal for an employer to charge a potential employee for a background check? If a business requires employees to be screened for past criminal behavior, is it acceptable to charge potential employees for the cost of the screening?
A- There is no federal law that prohibits employers charging a potential employee for a background check but the following states (and Washington, DC) have laws that limit this practice:
- California, Minnesota, Washington,DC – the employee cannot be required to pay for a background check as a condition of employment.
- Vermont – limits an employer charging a potential employee for a background check if they are using specific sources.
- Kansas – employers can’t require potential employees to obtain their own records and give them to the employer.
What questions do you have about background checks?
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