Information & Resources

Because we know your time is valuable, CII has provided a comprehensive resource of background check information, including a glossary of public record terms, a link to the full text of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and links to legislative updates and some of the best employment screening compliance websites available.

Glossary of Public Record Terms

Educational Articles

How to Read a Criminal Background Report

Preventing Violence In The Workplace

Using Credit Reports To Make Hiring Decisions: What You Need To Know

Using Consumer Reports: What Landlords Need to Know

Why Your Free Background Check Is Costing You More

E-Verify - The Complete Guide

Small Business Owners Guide to Background Checks

Pre-Employment Verification - An Employer's Guide To Outsourcing Employment Verifications

EEOC Files Lawsuits for Use of Criminal Record Information (June 2013)

What To Do When An Empoyer Wants to Pull Your Credit Report (March 2014)

New: FTC Tips for Job Applicants (November 2014)

FCRA Compliance

Full Text of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Notice to Users of Consumer Reports:  Obligations of Users Under the FCRA

FTC Guidance - Keep Required Disclosure Forms Simple

SSA-89 Form

SSA-89 form (Spanish)

Summary of Consumer Rights Under the FCRA

Summary of Consumer Rights Under the FCRA(Spanish)

Your Access to Free Credit Reports

Placing a Fraud Alert on Your Credit File

NYC Fair Chance Act Notice

FTC Guidance What Landlords Need to Know

Legislative Updates

California Statewide Ban the Box Law goes into effect January 1, 2018 (November 2017)

The Final Rules and Regulations for New York City's Fair Chance Act go into effect August 5, 2017 (August 2017)

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council has approved new regulations, effective July 1, 2017, to limit employers' use of criminal history when making employment decisions (April 2017)

Philadelphia City Council amends Fair Credit Ordinance to prohibit employers from inquiring about a candidate's wage history (January 2017)

City of Los Angeles passes Ban the Box Ordinance Similar to New York City and Philadelphia - Effective January 1, 2017 (December 2016)

New Massachusetts Senate Bill 2119 - Effective July 1, 2018 Prohibits Employers from Screening Applicants Based on Wage History (August 2016)

Philadelphia Updates Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards - to go into effect March 14, 2016 (January 2016)

New York City Passes Fair Chance Act - to go into effect October 27, 2015 (June 2015)

Oregon is the latest State to enact Ban the Box Legislation (June 2015).

Nevada Removes 7 Year Conviction Reporting Limitation (June 2015).

Effective September 3, 2015, New York City will ban the use of credit information for employment purposes (June 2015).

Effective January 1, 2014, Rhode Island is the latest state to "Ban the Box" (September 2013).

Effective January 1, 2014, Minnesota will "Ban the Box" (September 2013).

Nevada has passed a new law [Senate Bill 127] and joins nine other states (California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Maryland, Connecticut, Illinois, Vermont and Colorado) who have restricted an employer's ability to conduct credit checks on applicants and employees (September 2013).

Seattle, WA joins others to Ban the Box (July 2013).

Effective July 1, 2013, the Colorado "Employment Opportunity Act" will limit the use of credit reports for employment purposes (May 2013).

Changes to Indiana law will include restricted access to conviction records and limitations in interview/employment application regarding criminal data history (May 2013).

Effective July 1, 2012, Vermont becomes the Eighth State to Restrict the Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes (July 2012).

NEW EEOC Guidance Regarding the Use of Criminal Record Information (May 2012).