Employment Background Screening

Volunteer organizations are doing background checks on potential staff and employees these days more than ever before. Why? Here are just a few of the reasons:

Studies show that 30-40% of all job applicants put false information on their resumes or applications, and “exaggerate” their qualifications during interviews.

Lawsuits for “negligent hiring” are on the rise.  If an employee’s actions hurt someone, the employer may be liable.  So when considering an applicant, it’s in the organization’s best financial self-interest to find out if that person has done anything in the past which might indicate future problems.

Child abuse and abductions have resulted in the need to require criminal background checks for anyone who works with children and youth.

Type of Background Checks:

The types of background checks youth serving organizations do often depends on the position, but they typically include the following:

National Criminal Database and Sex Offender Search

This service includes an FCRA Compliant Verification for positive matches, using a name and DOB search of a national criminal database. This comprehensive national database provides access to the largest source of criminal data available, including millions of offense records. The national search provides valuable information that may discover convictions in counties not identified in a Social Security Trace or Credit History Report. This service includes an Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) search, and FBI Most Wanted/Terrorist Watch Lists search. There is also a National database search of all 50 states’ violent offenders and sexual offender registries (SOR).

County & Statewide Criminal Records

This service is a name check for any criminal history (felony and misdemeanors where available) at the county level. Based on the zip codes that an applicant provides and in conjunction with the zip codes found from the SSN trace, counties to be searched are established. These search requests are fulfilled either through an extensive national network of researchers, or by utilizing direct access to county court records. The standard county criminal search period is 7 years. Mandatory court fees are charged separately.

Motor Vehicle Records

Many youth serving organizations check motor vehicle records when positions involve the operation of vehicles and equipment.This automated service contains a summary of the applicant’s state motor vehicle record. This service verifies if the applicant possesses a valid license, and if they have had any derogatory driving history. This information is important for purposes of insurance/liability. This service is provided instantly through an automation of our web based software and all 50 states records databases.

Employment Verification

Often a potential employer will contact an applicant’s past employers to confirm dates of employment, final salary, and other limited information. This service verifies dates of employment, last position held, eligibility of rehire, job performance, reason for leaving, attendance, rate of pay, and employee warnings or notices. Verifications are retrieved either by phone to appropriate employer contact, or via web based fee services. The standard scope for employment verifications is 5 yrs.

Education Verification

This service verifies an applicant’s academic history and credentials to include the date the applicant received their degree, the type of degree earned, whether the degree has been earned or is in progress, the major of study and GPA.

Credit Verification

This type of check (sometimes called a “consumer report”) is most often done by organizations where employees have access to money, sensitive personal and financial information. Some organizations also use credit history to gauge the level of responsibility (is the applicant reliable in paying bills, if not, will they be a reliable employee). In addition to payment history, a credit report typically includes information about former addresses and previous employers. Employers can use this as one way to verify the accuracy of information you provide on an application or resume.
Under federal law, the employer must obtain the applicant’s written authorization before the background check is conducted.

Learn more about how to add authorization as part of your volunteer screening program.

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