Does your team live or work up and down the Jersey Shore? Then there are some state-specific disclosure requirements to keep in mind. That’s right, New Jersey law includes specific background report disclosure requirements. We have discussed other state-specific disclosure requirements for Minnesota, Montana, New York, and more. This month, we’re going to dive into the state-specific disclosure requirements in the Garden State.
Permission to Talk to References
Dominated by suburbs, highways, and malls, New Jersey boasts a big workforce of New York City and Philadelphia commuters. Here’s what you need to know if you plan to use Verified Credentials to verify information with references or employers of Jerseyites.
You’ll need to provide your candidates who live or work in New Jersey with a specific disclosure if you obtain an “investigative consumer report” on them, as defined by New Jersey law.
That’s when your background report has information obtained through personal interviews with neighbors, friends, associates, or acquaintances of the candidate or others with knowledge of the candidate.
The Platform for New Jersey Investigative Consumer Report Disclosures
Like beams and planks of a seaside boardwalk, state-specific disclosures must also build a platform on set requirements. What are the pieces that support New Jersey’s investigative consumer report disclosure? This background report disclosure must:
- Be provided to the candidate before a background report is obtained.
- Be in writing.
- Clearly and accurately disclose that an investigative consumer report commonly includes information regarding the candidate’s character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living obtained through personal interviews of the candidate’s neighbors, friends, associates, acquaintances or others with knowledge of the candidate.
- Include the precise nature and scope of the investigation requested and advise the candidate of the right to have a copy of the report upon request.
Verified Credentials offers a sample New Jersey investigative consumer report disclosure to help employers like you. You can see this by logging into your account and going to the Resource Library to get started.
Still not sure what state disclosures you need? Your legal counsel can help answer your questions about state-specific laws.