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In a recent development, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County has announced a significant shift in its criminal name search procedures, excluding the use of birth month and year as criteria. This change, motivated by privacy concerns, introduces new challenges for businesses relying on accurate and timely criminal background checks. We understand the importance of staying ahead of these changes to provide our clients with reliable and efficient services.

Understanding the Impact: Effective from February 23, 2024, this modification in search criteria has raised concerns about potential delays, decreased accuracy, and a need for businesses to reassess their risk tolerance. As a responsible background check provider, we are proactively addressing these challenges to maintain the high standards our clients expect.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA): To comprehend the implications fully, it's essential to consider the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). This federal law governs the collection, use, and sharing of consumer information, including aspects of criminal background checks. The removal of birth month and year as search criteria may impact the accuracy of matches, posing challenges for businesses and consumer reporting agencies (CRAs).

Strategies for Mitigation: At B&B Reporting, we recognize the importance of adapting strategies to mitigate potential issues arising from these changes. Here's how we plan to ensure accuracy and timeliness in our background checks:

  1. Enhanced Interview Techniques: We will conduct more comprehensive interviews to validate information provided by applicants, ensuring a deeper understanding of their background.

  2. Secondary Verification Methods: Cross-referencing data with reliable sources, such as educational institutions and previous employers, will be a key component of our verification process.

  3. Meticulous Documentation: We will maintain detailed records of each step in our background check process, demonstrating due diligence and ensuring transparency in our procedures.

Staying Informed: As the legal landscape evolves, so do our practices. We are committed to staying informed about any additional changes and adjusting our processes to meet the highest standards of accuracy and efficiency.

We understand the concerns that may arise from the recent changes in criminal background check procedures. Rest assured, our commitment to providing thorough, accurate, and timely background checks remains unwavering. By staying proactive and informed, we ensure that our clients can rely on us to navigate these challenges and continue to make well-informed hiring decisions.

For further insights or to discuss how these changes may specifically impact your business, feel free to contact us. Your trust is our priority, and we are here to support you through these transitions.

Rusty Whatley
Post by Rusty Whatley
February 22, 2024
Serving as COO of B&B Reporting, Rusty brings a wealth of expertise in operations and a commitment to ensuring top-notch background reporting services. With a passion for accuracy and excellence, Rusty plays a pivotal role in shaping the company's success.