EEOC and FTC Issue Tips for Employment Background Checks

For the first time the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have partnered together to co-publish documents on employment background checks, explaining the rights and responsibilities for the employer and the job applicant.

The two documents are available on the EEOC’s website: Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know ( and Background checks: What Job Applicants and Employee Should Know (

“The No. 1 goal here is to ensure that people on both sides of the desk understand their rights and responsibilities,” Peggy Mastroianni, EEOC Legal CounselĀ  stated in a press releaseĀ  titled EEOC and FTC Offer Joint Tips on Use of Employment Background Checks.