Do I need a release from the applicant?
You should obtain a signed release from any applicant or employee that will be subject to a background check. Keep a copy of the signed release in your own files. We recommend you copy the Summary of Rights (as required by the FCRA) on the back side of the release so you are sure it was provided.
When should I do a driver’s history background check?
Anyone driving on behalf of your organization—even once—should have their driving history background check on a regular basis.
Why should I do a county criminal check if a statewide criminal search is available?
Why not do both? For that matter, why not include federal court and sex offender registries in the search? KRESS has all-encompassing packages that give you the most information in one, easy-to-order package. The simple truth is that there are good reasons to do both county and state searches. In general though, county criminal searches are the most complete form of criminal background check search, requiring a researcher to physically visit the court and review records. Statewide criminal searches are based on databases run by the state or private firms and rely on the county courts to submit records to them. Not all courts participate, so statewide databases are sometimes incomplete. However, they can be useful in augmenting the county criminal searches done in areas of known residency.
What if someone has changed their name, been married, etc.?
If you know the alternate name, you can include it in your background check search request. If an additional name is disclosed during the background check-on (E.G., On the social security trace), we will automatically run the additional name for a small fee within the parameters of your search package.
How do I get the background check information?
That’s up to you. Employee background check reports can be emailed directly to you in password-protected files, viewed online at our Client Portal, and/or faxed to you. KRESS prides itself on building its services around your needs.
How long will it take to complete the background check?
Generally, we return comprehensive background checks in two or three business days. Some checks such as credit reports and other database-related checks can be completed on the same business day.
Does a criminal background check include checking into a person’s credit rating and personal finances?
No. The background checks that are looking for criminal information will generally only report criminal indictments.
Does my company risk alienating applicants?
The procedure is non-intrusive and respects your applicant’s’ privacy rights. Good applicants are also anxious to work with qualified co-workers in a safe workplace. Also, applicants can get a copy of the report with proper identification free of charge by calling 1 (888) 636-3693.
What is FCRA?
Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law that covers all aspects of credit reporting and promotes the privacy and accuracy of consumer reports. The FCRA was amended in 2004 by the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), which added new sections to FCRA. They are often referred to interchangeably. This act gives applicants the right to dispute information on their reports. It primarily helps applicants and consumers by forcing consumer reporting agencies to keep their records up-to-date and accurate.
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