Background Check Providers and Risks
Published September 2020
Background investigations and reference checks are employers' principal means of securing information about potential hires from sources other than the applicants themselves. A background investigation generally involves determining whether an applicant may be unqualified for a position due to a record of criminal conviction, motor vehicle violations, poor credit history, or misrepresentation regarding education or work history. A reference check generally involves contacting applicants' former employers, supervisors, co-workers and educators to verify previous employment and to obtain information about the individual's knowledge, skills, abilities and character.
A major reason to conduct background and reference checks is to avoid harm or legal liability of various types to the employer or to others. This includes harm to:
Other employees by sexual harassment or workplace violence.
The organization's customers by, for example, sexual assault on business premises.
The public by negligent driving.
The employer's business through financial loss or image and reputational issues.
Defense of legal claims, such as negligent hiring, is a compelling reason to conduct in-depth criminal records searches of job applicants. A multilevel jurisdictional criminal records search can be strong evidence that the employer exercised due care in hiring.
ESC highly recommends you review "6 Tips for Using Criminal Background Checks" (https://youtu.be/yZQCr1dSW-M) and "The Increasing Risks of Criminal Background Checks" (https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-magazine/1216/pages/the-increasing-risks-of-background-checks-.aspx) by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) before conducting a criminal background check.
Highly Rated Background Check Providers:
Transunion Background Check: https://hires.shareable.com/employment-background-check-cost
Accurate Background Check: https://www.accurate.com/solutions/small-and-mid-sized-businesses/
B & B Reporting Inc: https://bbreporting.com
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