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Once the nanny interviews are complete, you'll want to conduct a pre-employment nanny background check. Why? To protect yourself negligent hiring issues, wrongful termination lawsuits, theft, etc. More importantly, you want to protect your children from harm. In recent years, the federal government issued stricter laws to protect the privacy of individuals seeking employment. For example, an employer can't just pick up the phone and start phoning agencies with questions on someone who's only met you once for a nanny interview. If you are able to contact an agency and get that kind of confidential information, you have to ask yourself just how accurate the information really is. A legitimate organization won't disclose information about their clients to potential employers.
This is where the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) comes into play. Once you're satisfied with the nanny resume, have interviewed the nanny, and want to make a job offer, it's time to start looking at conducting a nanny background check. The standards around FCRA compliance vary from state to state and specifically apply to external Consumer Reporting Agencies, including the services offered by nanny placement agencies. However, as an independent employer, you're still obliged to comply with FCRA standards. Confused yet? Forget about it! Instead of stressing over the nanny background checks, search for either a nanny placement agency, or an independent consumer reporting agency who sell guaranteed FCRA compliant background checks. Instead of sweating it yourself, let your wallet do the stressing. Depending on the services you choose, you might have to pay $100 to $300 for accurate, current, nanny screening. That one time fee can really buy you peace of mind when trying to comply with federal FCRA rules and regulations and might just save you from the hot seat of legal issues later on down the road.