How to properly conduct a background check on a California employee.
California has two statutes governing background checks: (1) the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA), and (2) the Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (CCRAA).Investigative Consumer Reports (ICRAA)The ICRAA notice requirements are more extensive than under the FCRA. Specifically, employers must provide a "clear and conspicuous" notice stating:
The ICRAA also applies to employers who conduct the background check themselves as opposed to using an outside agency (unlike the federal FCRA). In such cases, the detailed disclosure above is not required, but the employer must include a box on the job application allowing the applicant/employee to indicate that he or she wants a copy of any public records obtained in the investigation.Note that California employers may not seek information about any offense not resulting in a conviction, or about conviction for possession, transportation or sale of 28.5 grams or less of marijuana which occurred two years or more from the date of the application.Consumer Credit Reports (CCRAA)Credit reports are not included in the ICRAA definition of "investigative consumer report." Credit reports may only be requested for certain job positions, including managerial job positions.Under the CCRAA, before requesting a consumer credit report, an employer must provide a written notice that identifies the basis for use of the report, informs the person of the source of the report, and provides a box that the person may check to receive a copy of the credit report.When taking adverse action against an individual based on information contained in an investigative consumer report or a consumer credit report, the California rules are the same as the rules under the federal FCRA.If you're a lawyer or legal aid provider who wants to create an automated background check platform for your jurisdiction, go to www.helpselflegal.com for HelpSelf's Document Automation Builder software.______________________________________________________________________ Cal. Civ. Code § 1786, et seq. Cal. Civ. Code § 1786.16. Cal. Civ. Code § 1786.16. Cal. Civ. Code § 1786.53. Cal. Lab. Code § 432.7. Cal. Lab. Code § 432.7. Cal. Lab. Code § 1024.5. Cal. Civ. Code § 1785.20.5.See Cal. Civ. Code § 1785.20.5.
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