Essential Screens proudly maintains accreditation through our trade organization, the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). The PBSA holds Credit Reporting Agencies to an advanced standard of excellence in the screening profession.
PBSA provides information regarding the use of background screening reports for end users. This resource is for educational and informational purposes for individuals responsible for background screening within their organization and/or company.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stands to protect consumers by enforcement of specific legal obligations regarding consumer’s rights. This includes ensuring the investigation of disputed information and when pertaining to information for credit, insurance, or employment purposes, notification to the consumer when adverse action is taken based on consumer reports.
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), background screening reports are “consumer reports” when they serve to aid in determining a person’s eligibility for employment, credit, insurance, housing, or other purposes.
The FTC provides additional information about the FCRA (Title VI) and information regarding the Consumer Credit Protection Act.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. In recent years, the EEOC has focused on ensuring that employers do not use background checks in a way that has a disparate impact on certain protected groups.
The EEOC provides additional guidance for employers on how to conduct background checks without violating anti-discrimination laws with an emphasis on fairness and individualized assessment for employment decisions.
Employers should carefully consider the recommendations of the EEOC and work with legal counsel to ensure that their background check policies and procedures comply with anti-discrimination laws.
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is a nonprofit that seeks to build a just and inclusive economy where all workers have expansive rights and thrive in good jobs. Through transformative legal and policy solutions, research, and communication, NELP works with local and state partners to advance its mission. NELP impacts the workforce by advocating for higher pay, just benefits, secure and safe jobs, and support through each stage of a worker’s life.
The National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) advocates for safe and drug-free workplaces and communities through legislative advocacy, education, and training. NDASA was founded in 2018 as a public safety response and offers informational resources and best-practices information to assist in several industries, including the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Excellent customer support and guidance! They have an abundance of forms and resources which have been very helpful to our business. The process is exceptionally easy and streamlined and the staff are very professional and eager to assist in all matters!
I spoke with Dawn and she was WONDERFUL!! I needed information on starting a new screening business and she provided me with everything that I needed to get me started. I was feeling very overwhelmed and discouraged but after speaking with her I felt very comfortable and excited about starting my business. Thank you Dawn!!!
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Essential Screens has been a wonderful partner since the day we started working with them. The employees are timely, professional, and kind! Thank you so much for all you do!
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I have worked with Essential Screening for the past 3 years. Their team is always very helpful and they go above and beyond to address any questions or concerns I may have. Their system works well and meets all of my needs as an HR Administrator. Thank you Essential Screening for everything you do for your clients.
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I am a new business owner, Dawn and her team has taken the time to work with me , educate me and just make me feel comfortable with the services Essential Screens provides. Any question or concerns they are either emailing us , on the phone or even find time to get on a zoom, Can't thank you enough. Highly recommend Dawn and her team for any and all employment screening.
Essential Screens is the best background company I have ever worked with! They're extremely easy to get ahold of, they easily trouble shoot any issues we may run into, and they genuinely get to know you. We love the team at Essential Screens!