Because of strict federal and state regulations, conducting background checks can become a legal minefield.

Failing to comply with these regulations can bring hefty penalties, and many companies have been fined millions of dollars for non-compliance.

Nonprofit organizations and churches can be held legally accountable for actions taken by volunteers and workers.


Protect your brand with compliant background screening.

The most valuable asset your church owns is your brand. Because churchgoers have many options available to them, your brand provides an essential way for them to immediately connect with your church.

Regardless of the size of your church, failing to maintain compliance with background checks sends the wrong message to volunteers, members, and prospective employees. Improperly conducted background checks affect your church’s reputations, which ultimately decreases the potential of your ministry effectiveness.


Risk extends beyond the courtroom.

There have been several high-profile cases in which prominent companies have suffered a financial and reputation loss because of improperly conducted background screenings.

Uber reached a $7.5 million settlement for background checks that violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Uber made adverse employment decisions based on background checks that applicants never had a chance to contest, opening themselves up to a class action lawsuit.

Kelly Services settled a class action lawsuit for $6.7 million. Their company violated the FCRA’s stand alone disclosure requirement when they packaged a FCRA disclosure form with a liability release.

Lowe’s settled for $2.2 million after being taken to court for ordering background checks without providing candidates a copy of their reports or summary of their rights under the FCRA.


Mitigate risk with the right background screening provider.

Although these consequences can be daunting, there are several ways to effectively mitigate the risks related to background screening.

1. Use a screening provider like Ministry Shield that understands and applies the best practices associated with background checks.

2. Confirm that your Disclosure and Authorization form is FCRA compliant.

3. Make sure the disclosure is a clearly labeled, stand-alone document without any extraneous information.

4. Confirm that your electronic signature form meets FCRA and the E-SIGN Act requirements.

Don’t put your ministry at risk for a class action lawsuit by failing to ensure these forms are properly implemented.


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