If the employer conducts an “in-house” background check

WHAT AN EMPLOYER CAN FIND OUT AND CONSIDER THROUGH THEIR OWN BACKGROUND CHECK INVESTIGATION…AND THE RULES THAT LIMIT THESE SEARCHES.

know your rightsGeneral Overview of the Law & your Rights

Most employers hire an outside private background check company to gather public record information on job applicants and produce a background check report (this method of running a background check is covered in the previous section, starting on PG. 558).

However, instead of hiring an outside background check company, an employer can conduct its own “in-house” (internal) background check on you. The employer can look at your public records directly, as well as interview your friends, family members, and former employers or co-workers. This “in-house” type of background check is a less common practice, but it is important for you to understand that if an employer chooses this route, there are different legal protections than when a private company runs the background check.

  1. How does an in-house background check work?

  2. What rules govern California employers who run in-house checks?