Running an Employment History Check is Complicated

The job market is really fierce right now. There are often many people vying for good jobs, and when that occurs, sometimes people will lie to gain an advantage in the hiring process. One important way to keep from getting taken advantage of is to run an employment history check. However, the process isn’t really as easy as just finding out if the person has the employment background they claim, or if they have a criminal history.

Employment History Check

The potential employee has a right to privacy in certain personal matters and is protected by federal law and many states have additional laws. Employers must follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which is federal law and requires you to get consent, in writing, before conducting an employment history check or a criminal history check. Even after acquiring written consent, the future employer in most cases is limited to information that is relevant to the position being filled.

A job that requires a specific license, certification, or degree would require proof that the candidate has earned those credentials and a professional license verification or education verification would be appropriate. However, if you’re hiring a custodian, proof of a college degree may not be necessary, and it could be violation of a job candidate’s privacy if a future employer seeks to find that information.

Credit checks are another sticky situation that everyone may not understand where the limits are. As previously mentioned, under the FCRA, an employee, or job candidate must give consent for an employee’s credit check. Running a credit check is important for certain jobs and industries, like banking.

States and some cities also have laws about how much criminal history information an employer has the right to know. In some states, certain types of jobs are not allowed to know about crimes in the past; whether they were found guilty or not. However, in other jobs, such as teaching positions, a criminal history is deemed to be relevant to the job. In many states, it doesn’t matter how far in the past the crimes occurred.

Because knowing many of these things is very important to an employer to have the peace of mind in knowing they have hired someone they can trust, hiring a professional screening company to do an employment history check is a smart course of action. A professional screening company should ensure that they find out the proper employment history check information without violating any FCRA laws.

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4 Key Pre-Employee Screening Tips for Small Business Owners

Small Business OwnersSmall business owners are often tasked with doing it all. Some sole proprietors must become the R&D department, the marketing department, accountant and the human resources staff, all rolled into one person. It can be daunting, to say the least; but here are four tips for making at least the human resources and hiring portion of your job easier:

1. Brand Yourself as a Desirable Employer

Many small business owners are already using social media to promote their business and product/service. If you are one of these small business owners, consider working in some posts that showcase the desirability of your business as a place to work. Vignettes of your company culture in the form of essays from current employees or videos showing what you do and how you do it can paint your workplace and business in a positive light. You’ll naturally draw in desirable candidates, making the screening process easier.

2. Small business owners should create a Hiring Process, Document It, and Use It

As your staff grows, you’ll begin to get a sense of which interview questions and training programs yield the most valuable results and effective hiring. Document these practices and refine them over time to systematize your screening, hiring and new staff onboarding as much as possible. Create job-specific interview questions and processes to maximize your hiring success, and put them into practice.

3. Small business owners need to do Background Checks

A quality employment screening service can eliminate the guesswork in candidate variables such as a criminal history and past credit history. Make use of a professional employment screening service to help you eliminate candidates who may be a security risk to your organization. You can also outsource your education and employment verification needs. Be sure to inform applicants that there will be a background check and comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act when looking into their past.

4. Consider Pre-Employment Testing

Pre-employment testing is another effective way to determine if a candidate will be a fit for the job and for your business. Create an assessment that will assist you in weeding out candidates who are not a fit and help you to determine the most talented and qualified applicants.

Small business owners must often wear many hats, from sparking innovation to keeping tabs on bookkeeping to screening and hiring new talent. Use these four tips to make the human resources portion of your job easier so that you can hire reliable, quality staff for your growing enterprise.

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Criminal Background Checks Could Curtail Employee Theft in the Workplace

Employee Theft in the WorkplaceA 2014 study by the University of Cincinnati reported 64% of the 314 small businesses surveyed had experienced employee theft. While the study only took a small sampling of businesses into account, the percentages line up with nationwide numbers on employee theft. The financial impact to employers when employees commit larceny or embezzlement is massive. In fact, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety states that employee theft in the workplace accounts for approximately 80 percent of business losses related to crime.

Employee Theft in Colorado Leaves Customers Concerned

Employee theft also creates a sense of insecurity for customers. In October 2014, an employee of HuHot Mongolian Grill in Sheridan, Colo. was arrested for allegedly stealing the credit card information of multiple customers. Another employee of the restaurant saw Michael Alexander Stephens, 31 years old, in possession of a credit card reading device. Stephens had a prior history of employee theft and had even served time in prison for burglary. A thorough background check would have revealed the previous history of crime to the employer. Colorado criminal background checks are offered statewide or by county.

Background Checks Save Employers Time, Money and Frustration

Statistics from the National Institute of Justice showed that more than 82 percent of property crime offenders committed a repeat offense. Property crimes include a number of offenses such as burglary, larceny and theft–all of which significantly cost an employer when an offense takes place in an employer’s establishment. The National Federation of Independent Business recommends that employers screen applicants by obtaining background checks, checking references and contacting previous employers. Employers that utilize background checks would be able to see the criminal history of an applicant and make an informed decision regarding the potential hire.

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New Temporary Agency Background Checks Webpage For Staffing Industry

At, we pride ourselves on our diverse client base and our ability to meet the needs of many different types of customers. Recently, we wanted to reach out to recruiting firms, temporary agencies and staffing firms by providing them with specific solutions to their staffing background check needs. With that in mind, we have launched the temporary agency background checks webpage on

Temporary Agency Background Checks On the temporary agency background checks webpage, those who work with temporary agencies or staffing firms can find the information they need about our national criminal check, state criminal checks and local temp agency background checks. Those who are involved in the recruiting industry know first-hand that many companies that are hiring today are looking for qualified employees who will not pose a risk to the safety of others. This means that many job seekers must provide potential employers with a criminal background check as a part of their application. Our temporary agency background checks allow recruiters and temp agency workers to get the criminal background reports they need in order to place their clients with the best companies.

At, we offer a variety of specific staffing industry background check options. Clients can order a national criminal check, or opt for a county criminal background check. No matter what choice they make, our staffing industry clients can rest easy knowing that they are working with the best staffing criminal background checks provider in the industry. We not only offer instant and accurate criminal reports, but we also value your security and privacy.

Whether you are a veteran at a local temp agency or you are just starting out in the field of recruiting, we welcome you to contact us at any time about the different temporary agency background check services that we provide. We value your feedback, and look forward to working with you.

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Our Membership with NAPBS, the Background Check Industry Association

We are proud to announce the fact that we are now a regular member with voting rights in the elite industry organization the National Association of Professional Background Screeners.

This nationwide organization has more than 300 members and provides its members with educational opportunities and professional resources. It works to educate and advocate about consumer rights and privacy protection, as well as provide background check training opportunities for businesses like

National Association of Professional Background Screeners

National Association of Professional Background Screeners

As a voting member, our company Screening Intelligence has the opportunity to have a say in some of the most important industry decisions. We will be there first hand to hear about the latest developments, industry news, new technology and training opportunities. We will get a chance to participate in advocacy efforts in order to make our causes known at the local, state and national level. We will join our colleagues in the industry, in order to improve background check and get you the most accurate national criminal check responses possible.

There are more than 300 members in the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), and every member is affiliated with the industry in one form or another. Voting members all must be companies who provide employment screening background checks and other background check services to their customers directly. Affiliate and associate members are businesses that are related to the industry in one way or another, such as lawyers, insurance agents and human resources professionals.

It is our goal to remain a committed member of this professional organization that consists of the top industry leaders. As part of our commitment to our customers and excellent customer service, we make a pledge to participate in all relevant training opportunities and educational experiences so that we can provide the best services possible. has long been known as one of the top national criminal check agencies, but we still have a commitment to continue to improve, to provide thorough and accurate results, and to get you those results as quickly as we can. We look forward to working with our colleagues in the background check industry in this endeavor.

To read more, please visit the NAPBS Press Release.

Secure Criminal Background Checks with Top SSL Security Certification

Our customers at have known for years that we are the top provider of secure criminal background checks, and that their personal information is safe with us. We have a commitment to our customers that we will never misuse, share or sell their personal information, and we are constantly working to improve our online security.

Secure Criminal Background ChecksIn 2013, we have increased our website security even further by working with GeoTrust, one of the largest digital certification providers in the country. GeoTrust recently awarded with its GeoTrust True BusinessID with Extended Validation SSL certification. This certificate provides visible proof to customers that is a secure site where they can complete online transactions without worrying about fraud. It is the best SSL encryption certification available, proving that the site is as secure as possible.

This SSL Certification turns the address bar green in a high security browser, providing instant relief to customers who are interested in background check security. The green address bar proves that the website is secure, as does the padlock symbol and the rotating business name within the address bar. In a world where customers have to be even more vigilant about online security, this makes the process of purchasing secure criminal background checks online even easier than it was before.

For more information on our security policies at, visit our security page. We are happy to explain more about our policies and our commitment to personal security and protecting private information online.  We look forward to servicing more customers who require secure criminal background checks for both personal and professional reasons. For more information on the latest SSL certification award and encryption levels, check out the GeoTrust True Site Seal.

Check out the video about the importance of website security and secure criminal background checks.

To read more, please visit the Employment Background Check Security Certificate Press Release.