Background Checks: Definition & Laws


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What is a background check?

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1. Why are background checks important?

2. Which of the following is a common type of record to consider as part of a background check?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Which federal agency governs background checks used for hiring purposes? With the help of this quiz and worksheet, you can quickly assess your ability to answer this question and others related to background checks.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will gauge what you know about the following:

  • Definition of a background check
  • The importance of background checks
  • A common type of record considered in a background check
  • When an arrest record older than seven years is considered for employment purposes
  • The federal agency that enforces laws related to background checks in hiring

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about background checks
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the importance of background checks and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a common type of record considered as part of a background check

Additional Learning

Continue learning about this topic with the lesson titled Background Checks: Definition & Laws. Here are examples of the information you'll find in this lesson:

  • An overview of what a background check examines
  • The legalities of background checks
  • How discrimination in hiring is prevented
  • What must be provided before a background check can be conducted