COVID-19 Resources From The EEOC, FTC And SHRM​​

March 31, 2020
To maintain operations and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, many employers are building a remote workforce.
Backgrounds Online | March 31, 2020

The EEOC, FTC And SHRM are working hard to create resources for employers and consumers during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

SHRM Resources

The Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the “foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces.” They have been actively developing educational materials to help employers as they face new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SHRM encourages employers to offer telecommuting opportunities as much as possible. Their website notes that: “Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers and customers, and part of that duty of care is to do your part to prevent and respond to infectious diseases in the community.”

Human Resources professionals who have SHRM memberships can take advantage of their articles, How-To Guides, Q&As and more. They cover topics such as:

- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Model Poster/Notice
- Communicating with Employees
- How to Handle Communicable Diseases in the Workplace
- Temporary Telecommuting Arrangements
- Temporary Suspension of Nonessential Business Travel
- Stop the Spread of Germs at Work

Learn more and see additional resources by visiting their website.

EEOC Resources

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws. EEOC employees are currently telecommuting and available to assist consumers. They have also expanded their network to handle a heavy workload.

Read a Press Release regarding their efforts to provide service without interruption.

FTC Resources

The Federal Trade Commission is an agency that protects consumers and enforces the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). They are also heavily focused on identifying and shutting down scams related to the Coronavirus.

Their entire staff is working remotely and available to review complaints about potential COVID-19 scams, alleged FCRA violations and related subjects. To learn more, visit the FTC site.

How Backgrounds Online Is Helping

Backgrounds Online is continuing to operate during the pandemic. Our team is working remotely to provide essential background screening solutions that help your organization make informed decisions and build strong teams.

The entire background screening industry is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Courthouses throughout the country are temporarily closing to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. We created a list of these closures and are updating it daily. Keep up with this vital information via our blog entry: COVID-19: What To Expect From Backgrounds Online​.

Many employers are asking employees to work remotely. This is done to help protect communities while continuing to provide essential services. Several industries are bringing on new people and adapting to handle their entire hiring and onboarding process online. Learn more via our blog entry Hiring Remote Workers During The COVID-19 Pandemic.

The team at Backgrounds Online is here for you and continuing to offer unparalleled levels of service, product and trust. If you have questions or need assistance with background screening, please contact us. We are fully staffed and ready to serve you via email, live chat or at 800-838-4804 Monday through Friday from 7am to 5pm PT.

Stay safe and feel free to reach out to us as we work through this difficult time together.