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The Importance of Background Checks

Do you have something in your past that is embarrassing, like being arrested for protesting for an social cause during your college years? Ever fail to pay a series of speeding tickets in a state in which you no longer reside? Think no one will ever find out about these things? Think again.

In the digital age, secrets are no longer safe, especially from potential employers. Vetting someone you just met is not only a smart thing to do - it's becoming more common every day.

There are two kinds of background checks most commonly being used today: a general background check and a criminal background check. A general background check is comprehensive and reveals information such as birth, marriage and divorce records, as well as a history of every residence a person has ever had. It also can contain such information as whether a person has ever filed for bankruptcy. General background checks also include a conviction record. Because of their complexity, a general background check often is expense to conduct.

A criminal background check focuses solely on a person's criminal convictions. In some states, arrests are not permitted to be included on a person's criminal history. Only if a person has actually been convicted of a crime will it be included in the history.

While using third-party background checking agencies is common, many people today also are simply Googling a person's name to see what they may find. For this reason, social media such as Twitter and Facebook could end up costing you a good relationship if you're not careful about what you post. Even if you feel secure in knowing your background is squeaky clean, be careful what you tweet and post, because it, too, can come back to haunt you.

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Background Checks In The News

New York City overhauls background checks for school bus drivers

New York City will overhaul its system of background checks for school bus drivers in response to reports of lax screenings of some of the private employees. The drivers are already fingerprinted ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:22:00 GMT

Brady background check has failed to live up to its promises

"ATF agents did not consider most of the prohibited persons who had obtained guns to be dangerous." Those words, quoted last year by USA TODAY, explain why the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:44:00 GMT

Clinton: W.H. should ask FBI to reopen Kavanaugh background check

Hillary Clinton talks with Rachel Maddow about what the appropriate course of action is to ensure that Catherine Blasey Ford's accusation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh is properly vetted. ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:23:00 GMT

Parent volunteers and adult learners subject to background checks at CPS schools

Parent volunteers and adult learners face a new barrier to participating in their neighborhood schools as Chicago Public Schools (CPS) implements a new security policy requiring background checks. CPS ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:35:00 GMT

EXCLUSIVE: Schools officials overhaul bus worker checks after Daily News exposes loopholes

Education Department officials moved to overhaul background checks for yellow bus drivers on Wednesday after the Daily News informed them a director overseeing city school bus safety sent an email tha...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:35:00 GMT

FBI should reopen Kavanaugh background check

The FBI should reopen its background check into embattled U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh without delay and do its best to confirm whatever facts it can surrounding the explosive sexu...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:02:00 GMT

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