Adverse Action

Pre-Adverse and Adverse Action are the actions that should occur after an employer has utilized the results of a background check to make an unfavorable decision regarding an applicant or employee’s employment status with the company. In other words, if you have obtained a copy of a background check on an applicant and you make a decision not to hire that applicant, under the laws of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you are required to begin the Pre-Adverse and Adverse Action process.

This process consists of notifying the applicant that a preliminary decision has been made and allows them an opportunity to dispute any errors in the report. If a dispute is not made during the allotted timeframe, a second letter is provided to the applicant stating that the preliminary decision is now final. If the applicant does dispute the information, further action is required to verify the accuracy of the report before the final decision can be made.

The Pre-Adverse Action and Adverse Action process is a service that Professional Screening Services offers. We can send out both letters for your company, directly to the applicant / employee, to ensure the proper notification process is being followed. If you would like more information about this service, please contact us via email at or by phone at 407-423-8766.