Why Should Employers Run Background Checks on their Applicants?
In an era of heightened security concerns, reviewing the background of prospective and existing employees in your organization is more critical now than ever. An employer must do more than rely on what a job applicant reveals to reduce security risks.
Consider this: -- 35% of all small business failures are attributed to employee-related crime -- 73% of job applications contain falsified information -- Employees steal 10 times more than shoplifters
When your company includes background screens as part of its’ standard hiring process, you may: -- Increase productivity of the business by hiring more qualified individuals -- Add liability protection against negligent hiring lawsuits -- Better know who you are hiring -- Maintain a safer working environment -- Reduce employee fraud -- Reduce employee turnover
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Confirmation of the applicant's performance for previous employers during the past ten (10) years, or longer if contact information is available. The information obtained from the interview may include, but is not limited to: work habits, character, ethics, attitudes, conflict resolution, last dates of employment, salary, productivity, skills, attendance, eligibility for rehire and reasons for leaving. In the event that we are unable to reach former supervisors, additional professional/personal references will be contacted. Each employer/ reference contacted is considered a seperate service.
Verification of the applicant's employment during the past ten (10) years. The information, which varies based on the company policy, can confirm dates of emplyment, position held, salary, attendance and eligibility for rehire. Additional pertinent information is often provided. Each employer verification contacted is considered a seperate service.
Education is the most often falsified information on a resume. Verification of educational history at obe institution (usually the highest level listed by the applicant) is provided with this service. The information provided may include major, degree earned, date of acquistion, dates of attendance.
Professional degrees and licenses are verified at the state board level. Determination of status and history of suspensions are reported. Disclosure events (complaints) are also provided as well as recorded citations, when available.
History of the applicant's credit, verification of name and Social Security Number, and a listing of public records such as bankruptcy filings and civil litigation. This report also often provides the applicant's current address and may provide up to four previous employers. Seperate approval application required, call for details.
MOTOR VEHICLE REPORT
Review of the applicant's current driving history (for the past three years) in any state requested. An inability to follow state traffic regulations can indicate a tendency not to follow company rules. Please note: all states require driver's license numbers to properly process reports.
BASIC CRIMINAL SEARCH
This service provides a 7-10 year felony and misdemeanor search in the jurisdiction of residence orcounty requested. A researcher physically checksfor felonies in county records and misdemeanors in municipal records in the county seat using a combination of identifiers, such as: current name, address, Social Security Number and date of birth. We automatically search up to 3 former or additional names, including hyphenated names provided by the applicant, for an additional charge.
BASIC CRIMINAL CHECK/NATIONAL DATABASE SEARCH
This is a basic county criminal search as listed above with a physical search of court records and a multi-jurisdictional search of various statewide and county databases. This service scansfor sexual offenders through asearch of all 50 states, career criminals and terrorist watch lists.
This service automates the E-Verify process. Through a very intuitive process, managers can comply with OFCCP regulations thus avoiding federal penalties from ICE and other agencies. Set up fee: $125.00.
STATEWIDE CRIMINAL SEARCH
Services differe by state. Whenever possible, searches are conducted through the appropriate state agencies. Several different kinds of physical and electronic checks are conducted. First, a basic county criminal check(s) (see Basic Criminal Search above) is initiated. Second, one or more searches are conducted through various electronic databases in the state requested. When criminal history is identified in additional counties, researchers are automaticalysent to thos counties withn the state to further search for felonies and misdemeanors. A 50 state sexual offender search and a search of 300+ databases is also completed to look for career felons.
Using the job seker's (aplicant) Social Security Number and highly sophisticated electronic searches (including a Statewide, multi-state and National Sexual Offender Registry), Pre-Check is able to provide targeted physical searches of county and municipla court records for criminal activity. Electronic searches incorporate a 50 state sexual offender search, multiple United States Patriot Act searches, to include part of the FBI, US MArshall, and OFAC databases. Pre-Check sends researchers to specific locations to physically search for felonies and misdemeanors. All searches within the applicant's state of residence are searched for one fee. Seperate per county fees occur for searches outside the state (see Basic Criminal Search). Requests recieved by 11:00 am Eastern time are typically completed in 2-3 days.
FEDERAL COURT SEARCH
A search of the U.S. District Courts. Each search examines one of the 90 Federal Judicial Districts. Federal crimes, such as bank robbery, interstate drug trafficking, mail fraud and civil rights violations. Also included are federal level civil and bankruptcy cases.
This is an upper level search that checks for civil litigation in which the financial damages are $3,000 or more. These non-criminal actions cover such areas as lawsuits against previous employers and workers' compensation claims.