Background Checks Are Becoming Commonplace for Businesses of All Sizes

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When you are looking to hire employees for your business an interview or screening process is standard. This will help you determine the qualifications and skills of each candidate.

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Background Checks Are Becoming Commonplace for Businesses of All Sizes

  1. 1. BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE BECOMINGCOMMONPLACE FOR BUSINESSES OF ALL SIZESWhen you are looking to hire employees for your business an interview orscreening process is standard. This will help you determine the qualifications andskills of each candidate. With workplace violence and security concernsbackground checks are becoming more routine during this pre-employmentscreening process. To help avoid possible legal hassles it’s best to be informed ofyour local laws.According to The Society for Human Resource Management Workplace ViolenceSurvey, “Over 96% of HR professionals report that their companies do backgroundchecks of new hires, up from 66% in 1996.” Now there are a few things you needto be aware of before you begin any background check. This will help protect yourbusiness from possible legal issues or lawsuits.Typically a background check can help reveal a wide range of information,including, but not limited to:  social security number  school records  credit records  driving records  criminal recordsThe Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires all businesses to have thesepotential employees grant you authorization to perform a background check.They need to give you permission. Have a disclosure form ready for them to signduring the interview process.The American With Disabilities Act (ADA) limits the amount of disability, includingmedical, information you obtain. There are certain things you cannot ask in a
  2. 2. background check. Typically these are questions that can be used to uncover adisability of illness. An example could be ‘what prescriptions are you taking?’Another thing to be aware of is the ADA only pertains to companies with 15 ormore employees working for them. This includes local and state governments.With the background check laws varying state to state it’s a good idea to consultwith your local regulators, especially when looking into their criminal past. Thereare even outside companies who’ll provide the screening and background checksfor you. Outsourcing this process can help you avoid any legal hickups. Thisincludes limited legal immunity under FCRA.No matter which route you choose you should educate yourself on backgroundchecks. Learn what you need to do to protect yourself.Run an Instant Background Check today for your prospective employees. Withunlimited access to over 1 billion records you can look into an individual’s pastdiscreetly and efficiently. Search Now!

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