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Definition - What does disclosure mean?

Disclosure is the name given to that part of the job application process where an employer wishes to run a background check and is required by law to convey this to the applicant. Before a background check can be performed, the employer must advise the applicant or employee in writing that the process is being initiated.

SureHire explains disclosure

Disclosure is required in order to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. It involves providing the applicant with a document written for the purpose of notifying them that a background check may be performed as part of an application for employment. Its purpose is to acquire permission for the requesting party and the organization performing the background check, as well as to assure educational institutions and employer organization that provide the information for the report that the request is valid. The disclosure must not be included in any other written documents or forms and must be clear and easily understood.

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