MULTIPLE BACKGROUND CHECK LAWS
CREATE DIFFICULTIES FOR EMPLOYERS

For Philadelphia employers running background checks on job applicants may soon become quite a headache. There are six federal, state and local laws which must be followed in order to be compliant. Other jurisdictions also have background-check related laws, which causes much difficulty to multi-state employers. Below is a list of Pennsylvania background check laws:

  • The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA);
  • The Pennsylvania Criminal History Record Information Act (CHRIA);
  • The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA);
  • The Philadelphia Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards Ordinance (FCRSS);
  • The Philadelphia ordinance that added credit check prohibitions to the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance (FPO); and
  • The Philadelphia ordinance banning inquiries about applicants’ salary histories (SHO—for salary history ordinance).

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