What Background Checks Do Employers Use?

Filling out a background check

There are many different types of background checks employers may use. Most of our clients choose our criminal records Smart Search Plus ®. It has become the industry standard for a quality FCRA compliant criminal records background check. It includes an unlimited check of the Federal Criminal Records Repositories in the states where the applicant has lived for the past 7 years. It also includes a check of any needed state and county criminal records checks as well as a social security number address history trace, a multi-state criminal records database search, and a check of the sex offender registry in all 50 states.

While that is the most popular option when it comes to criminal background checks, there are many options available to employers. Other common options include driving records, license verification, education verification, drug testing, and more. Employment screening isn’t always one size fits all. Effective employment screening is going to be based on what works best for your business.

Common Background Checks For Employment Screening

To determine what background checks best suits your business you need to consider a few things. What are you wanting background checks to provide? What possible liabilities do your employees bring to your business? As well as, what legal regulations do you need to satisfy?

Examples Of When To Use Different Background Checks

For example, if you own a car dealership and your goal is to lower the amount of accidents and/or damage done to customer and dealership cars, then your best option would be to complete driving records on all employees that will be handling cars. In the case of stolen property, criminal record searches will help to learn the habits of employees.

In the case of your business working with vulnerable populations such as caregivers, then it is your responsibility to know you can trust your employees. Checking for things like a history of domestic violence or individuals on the sex offender registry will provide you with valuable insight into a person’s past. Knowing your employee’s past will help to reduce liabilities and provide a safer environment. 

Some industries have their own laws and regulations in place to protect the public, keep safe work environments, and ensure professionals are qualified for their position. It is your responsibility to follow those laws and regulations. Common requirements include professional licenses verification, driving records, and education verification. Examples of industries that usually require background checks include education, medical and healthcare, law professionals, and drivers.

Have Any More Questions?

If you have any questions regarding what is best for your business, give a call and we will help you make the right choice. All of our reports are FCRA compliant. Receive our price sheet in seconds to see our employee background screening services or customize your own. If you are ready to order your background screening please click here.

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