Human Resources Departments across the country and around the world use a variety of tools in vetting new employees during the hiring process. ONE ESSENTIAL TASK IS CONDUCTING PRE-EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND SCREENING WHICH SHOULD ALWAYS INCLUDE A FELONY BACKGROUND CHECK. This task can be handled in-house or by a third-party provider. Generally, as budgets and departments shrink in size, the most economical method of conducting a pre-employment background check is with a third party provider.
Background screening companies use a variety of tools in conducting pre-employment background checks, utilizing both county courthouse researchers and databases. Within a pre-employment background screening package are a number of reports that can provide a variety of information for hiring managers and Human Resources personnel. These may include:
The above are only a few of a wide range of information options. Another important and, in some cases, critical source of information is a Felony Search or Felony Background Check.
A felony background check is valuable tool that can be used by companies, organizations, or volunteer groups. Felony background checks focus on criminal records and key on felony convictions including significant crimes such as rape, murder and grand theft.
It is important to note that a Felony Background Check will discover convictions and based on the severity of those convictions a decision can be made whether to move forward on the vetting process of a individual. Further, now, more than ever, it is important to work with a third-party background screening agency as they will be up-to-date on all current regulations and legalities of using conviction records discovered through a felony search. Recent guideline changes by the EEOC have made the use of criminal records and felony searches very specific. Understanding these guidelines are critical in making important decisions based on felony background checks.
Other areas that a felony background check may prove valuable are with individuals not necessarily related to employment. This may include:
Anyone that enters the home to conduct some form of contracted work could pose a threat. Generally this is an unknown individual to the home owner. A request should always be made for a background check, specifically a felony background check, prior to allowing any unknown person into the home for an extended period of time.
Individuals engaged for the purpose of babysitting or caregiving for an at-risk population (children, elderly, disabled) must be properly vetted, especially if the care is provided in-home.
Increasingly individuals meet on-line through a variety of dating sites. Prior to meeting someone for the first time, one should conduct a felony background check. It is a critical component in creating a safe environment to meet and take the next step.
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If you are a Human Resource Manager based in the United States or are responsible for your company’s employment screening division, or an individual seeking critical background information, please contact a representative of CriminalBackgroundRecords.com by sending an email to bd@infoEinc.com.
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