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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

Man killed 5 in Illinois after gun background check missed felony conviction, police say

The man who gunned down five co-workers and wounded a sixth at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse before shooting and wounding five police officers brought his gun to a meeting in which he was ...

Published:  Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:50:00 GMT

Background check failed to detect Aurora shooter's record

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Published:  Sun, 17 Feb 2019 05:38:00 GMT

The Latest: CEO: Gunman passed background check when hired

AURORA, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on the mass shooting at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois (all times local): 5 p.m. The chief executive of the company that owns the warehouse where an employee gunned dow...

Published:  Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:10:00 GMT

Nevada governor signs gun background check law

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's governor on Friday signed into law a bill expanding background checks to private gun sales and transfers, taking advantage of a Democrat-controlled Legislature to app...

Published:  Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:34:00 GMT

Aurora Gunman Passed Background Check When Hired

The chief executive of the company that owns the warehouse where an employee gunned down five co-workers says a background check on him when he joined Henry Pratt Co.15 years ago did not turn up a 199...

Published:  Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:07:00 GMT

Both sides play politics in fight over Nevada background check law

CARSON CITY - The push to implement the stalled background check was all but a done deal coming into the 2019 session of the Nevada Legislature. But that didn't stop Republican lawmakers and the Natio...

Published:  Sat, 16 Feb 2019 09:57:00 GMT

Governor signs bill expanding background checks to private gun sales

CARSON CITY (FOX5) -- Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill into law requiring background checks on private gun sales and transfers. It closes a loophole that allows gun buyers to avoid background checks b...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 22:45:00 GMT

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