EMPLOYEE BACKGROUND CHECKS
In the new business world, employers are being far more diligent in the hiring of potential employees. Even the instance of a job promotion can rely on any sort of information that can be found in a common employee background check. Businesses are now requiring that existing employees, volunteers, and job applicants all to allow a full background check on them. That particular type of screening process is often a state or federal requirement. This dramatic increase in criminal and background checks is due to an emphasis in safety as well as security for the business. Some potential employees or applicants fear that those businesses are digging into parts of their past that have no bearing on the job being applied for.
What are the reasons an Employer might wish to check into the background of a potential employee?
Many various reasons will prompt an employers to check applicants or even current employees backgrounds. Multiple things can be found out with a check and will vary depending of what types of jobs you are seeking.
Samples of reasons for employee background check:
If there is an accident caused by an employee, businesses will be found liable. Since the amount of negligent employee lawsuits have increased, this is one of the biggest reasons for background checks. Employers will want to prevent any potential liability threat by carefully checking out a persons past.
With those threats of lawsuits, employers can not rely simply on their instincts for security when hiring new employees. Financial ruin can occur when one wrong decision has been made by the person in charge of hiring.
- Employers have to be more diligent with the rise of abductions and child abuse that has brought many new laws requiring businesses to perform an employee criminal check. Nearly every state has changed the laws in a hopes to protect children with the assistance of these checks, even performing them on coaches, troop leaders, or any volunteer who works with children.
- Employee screenings have nearly tripled with all the current events in our country.
- After 9-11 numerous identification verification processes and increased security measures have been implemented by all businesses. Not only are new possible employees being investigated but long-time workers are also being given a double check for security reasons.
- However, it is not just the average employee who is being given a new look of scrutiny, upper level executives in both their private and professional lives are being checked for possible problems.
- The nightly news is filled with stories of false information that was given by a person on their resume. In those cases, it proves that professionals in the human resource departments of companies should be even more diligent in their hiring practices. No longer can someone’s word be taken as the truth, with regards to their background.
- Certain jobs have even began to be required by both state and federal law to conduct a thorough check on potential employees. Particularly, anyone who will be working with or near the elderly, disabled and especially around children. Authorized by the NCPA officials now have access to the FBI’s database for crime information. Depending on what type of job is being pursued an investigation of extreme extensive quality is done, most federal and state agency jobs will require that check for security reasons.
- With the availability of multiple computer databases which contain literally millions of pieces of data, could very well be the main reason for this increase in screenings.
As a potential employee you might be telling yourself you have nothing to hide, so why worry?
While it is true that most people are not at all worried about having a background check performed, some are indeed very uncomfortable with others taking a look into their personal life. Unfortunately, often things in the background checks can be taken completely wrong, leaving the person requesting them to irrelevant conclusions. While some will worry that information that is not legal for the potential employer to use against them as a way of not hiring them.
Just exactly what is included in a Background Check?
First, the report will generally verify that the Social Security number is correct, as well as information on acquaintances and personal history. Some evidence is currently showing that some employers are using the online social networks as a way of finding out details on the profiles of their potential employees.
Usually, those checks will have detailed information from agencies of the government and other public records. Such as:
- Correct and valid Social Security numbers.
- Credit reports and information.
- Including, Bankruptcy information.
- Potential Criminal Records.
- Any Military Records.
- Past Drug Test Results or Records.
- Any Workers’ Compensation Information.
- Court Records.
- All Driving Records.
- Educational Records.
- Various Personal References.
- Property Ownership Information.
- Past Employment and Employers.
- Any State Licensing Records.
- Neighbor/Character References and Interviews.
- Medical History and Records.
- Vehicle Registration Information.
- Prison or Incarceration Records.
- Potential Sex Offender Registration.
What information that is received in a background check will most definitely depend on what sort of job is being applied for. As well as who might come into contact with the employee during their job performance. Employers may want to also gather information about their potential applicant through the use of questionnaires, but whichever method is used the results are for the safety and security of all.