Background screening


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).

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