WHY DO EMPLOYERS CONDUCT BACKGROUND CHECKS?
Although checking for criminal records is one of the biggest, there are many other reasons why employers conduct background checks when hiring, including:
- Mitigating the risk of hiring someone with fraudulent credentials
- Complying with federal and/or state laws regarding certain jobs, such as teaching or providing elder care
- Protecting against liability in the event an employee’s actions harm anyone or damage property
WHAT IS ISN’T INCLUDED IN A BACKGROUND CHECK?
This can vary from state to state, but here are some common records employers or their agents may include in a background check:
- Criminal records
- Driving records
- Social Security numbers
- Past employment history
- Personal references
Employers may be required by federal or state law to get your permission before obtaining the following records:
- Education records other than degrees earned
- Military service other than rank, salary, assignments and awards
- Medical records
WHO CONDUCTS BACKGROUND CHECKS?
A background check may be conducted in-house or by a third-party company that specializes in background checks. Companies that specialize in backgrounds checks may range from online data brokers to private investigators to human resources firms. Many large corporations have an affiliate or subsidiary established to serve this purpose.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK TURNS UP ERRONEOUS INFORMATION:
Given that your future employment could be at stake, here are some basic steps to follow if you believe your background check contains erroneous information:
- Explain the errors to the employer.
- Tell the employer you intend to file a dispute with the party that conducted the background check.
- File your dispute with the company that conducted the background check with a phone call, and then again in writing via certified mail.
- In your letter, include any evidence that corroborates your side of the story and corrects the errors.
- You should receive a written notice detailing the results of the investigation no more than five business days after the completion of the investigation. You have the right to ask the company to send a copy of the results to any employer you have applied with within the last two years.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A BACKGROUND CHECK:
- Request a copy of your credit report.
- Check court records if you have any.
- Request a copy of your driving record from the DMV.
- Ask for a copy of your personnel file from previous employers.
- Notify friends and colleagues that they may be called upon for references.
- Search your name online and request to have any unflattering information removed.
- Review your social media posts for anything that may be considered offensive or unflattering.
The Ultimate Guide To Background Checks from Global Verification Network