Less than 3 percent of the thousands of consumer reporting agencies you could partner with are accredited. That means the vast majority of screening companies are under no obligation to provide you with accurate information. These companies don’t have certifications that protect your company’s interests or your employee’s rights. This introduces unnecessary vulnerabilities to your already complicated processes.
What Is the PBSA?
In 2003, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) was founded to promote the cause of objective third-party screening services. The organization also provided guidance to background check professionals about maintaining ethical standards and staying on the right side of the law while conducting their candidate screening practices. In 2019, the NAPBS was re-named the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA).
What Is a PBSA Accreditation?
PBSA Accreditation means consumer protection, a commitment to best practices, and compliance with state and federal laws.
Governed by a strict and thorough set of professional standards and requirements, this accreditation program is widely recognized as a necessary credential for any reputable consumer reporting agency. A PBSA accreditation speaks to an employment screening organization’s commitment to achieving excellence through high standards. To qualify, consumer reporting agencies must pass rigorous and ongoing audits of their policies and procedures. Learn more about FCRA Compliance here.
Why Accreditation Is Important
A screening company’s PBSA accreditation shows more than just organizational integrity. It shows the ongoing commitment to protect the interests of your company and the rights of your candidates.
PBSA-accredited background screeners have proven expertise, a positive compliance history, and systems in place to align with current State and Federal regulations. An accredited background screening company must show a documented understanding of, and compliance with, all federal and state laws that pertain to hiring decisions.
Each year, U.S. employers request millions of background checks. And each year, improper background check practices result in thousands of FCRA lawsuits and millions owed by employers.
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