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How Background Checks Protect the Individual

In todayís digital world Ė where information often is at the tip of our fingers in an instant Ė conducting a background check on an individual has never been easier.

The curious can Google a personís name and find out just about anything there is to know about that person that is part of a public domain. If a more detailed history is desired, there are a number of third-party agencies which will conduct a thorough background check for an agreed-upon fee.

There are three common types of background checks that are conducted:

  • Full Background Check. This is a comprehensive and thorough check, which includes such information as date of birth, marriages/divorces and claims of bankruptcy. It also will contain a criminal conviction history.
  • Criminal Background Check. Less thorough than a full background check, the only information provided in this kind of check is a criminal/conviction history. A number of third-party agencies conduct these checks at prices ranging from $15 to $40. Only criminal convictions will appear in these records. Arrests that did not result in a conviction are not part of public information records.
  • Credit Report Check. Credit checks are the second most popular kind of background check conducted today, especially by employers. Credit checks cannot be conducted without the individualís consent, so any employer or private agency which wishes to conduct such a check on an individualís credit history must first obtain that personís written authorization.

As of January 2013, employers must revise their Summary of Rights forms to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, or FCRA. The act is a federal law which stipulates the guidelines by which employers and other agencies can obtain information about an individualís credit history, personal character, reputation or other consumer-reported data. Employers who fail to comply with the new provisions risk being fined by the Federal Trade Commission, which oversees the administration of FCRA. These rules are designed to protect the individual, who may be subject to a background check which results in false or misleading information which in turn can prevent hiring.

Businesses have a vested interest in protecting themselves and their employees, which is a major reason why 69 percent of all employers in the United States now require a background check as a pre-requisite for employment. An increase in negligent-hiring lawsuits has prompted the increase in the use of background checks by employers, who are legally responsible if an employee harms himself or someone else due to past issues which would have been revealed through a background check. By thoroughly reviewing the histories of all employees, employers are not only protecting themselves, but also others who work for them.

FCRA does not apply to individuals who are conducting a background check on another individual for personal reasons, such as looking into the criminal history of a romantic partner prior to dating. However, any report which reveals damaging information should be verified through a second source. As with other public records, there is always a chance of mistaken identity or other incorrect information being included in a background check.

Before You Run an Employee Background Check You Need to Know These 6 Things

It sounds simple. Run a background check on a job applicant. But, the practice is getting more complicated than ever. Employers and background screening companies must continue to stay up-to-speed on the latest laws and new guidelines in order to stay ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:17:00 GMT



U of Illinois withdrew 35 job offers after background checks

New data from the University of Illinois' expanded background-checks policy show that the school withdrew 35 job offers across three campuses last year. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that the data was shared with trustees Wednesday. The 2017 number ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:36:00 GMT



Hearing to be held on universal background check bill

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Published:  Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:09:00 GMT



Hearing In Vermont To Be Held On Universal Background Checks

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Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:35:00 GMT



Obama gun boom ends: Background checks fall from record-breaking 2016

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Published:  Sat, 13 Jan 2018 22:26:00 GMT



2017 was Alabama's fifth busiest for background checks

With the dust settled on another unpredictable year for the gun industry, Guns.com is taking a deeper look at state-level federal background check data. First up is Alabama, where 2017 just cracked the state's top five busiest for background checks since ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:30:00 GMT



Universal Background Checks For Gun Sales Priority For Northam

RICHMOND, MD - As a priority for the legislative session that begins Wednesday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Gov.-elect Ralph Northam are calling for universal background checks for gun sales. "These measures are crucial for the safety of our communities ...

Published:  Thu, 11 Jan 2018 04:15:00 GMT



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