Background checks are essentially risk mitigation, however with the right company and the right tools, background checking during the hiring process can also be asset protection. Why? In a recent survey it was discovered that, on average, 53% of candidates will lie on their resume during the hiring process. What’s more, 70% of current university students would take similar action if it secured them a job position. These falsities can range in seriousness, such as incorrect previous employment dates and salary earnings to fraudulent claims on education, experience,and criminal history. Armed with these statistics, background checking has become an industry-wide standard.

Verifying a candidate’s actual work experience and reviewing their criminal history protects you against negligent hires. Simply put, a seemingly qualified candidate might have a history of violence or drug abuse. If you are not diligent in your background screening, and this hire becomes violent at your workplace or has a work accident while under the influence of drugs, you will face legal accountability. While it seems like an easy process, conducting background screening as part of the hiring process is complicated, as it is subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). This ensures that any information you receive is legally acquired. In order to ensure legal compliance in conducing background checks, companies worldwide rely on CNet to implement background screening programs to produce accurate and timely results. Hiring Tips for 2019

By administering a thorough and timely background screening, CNet reassures:

  • Protects against claims of negligent hiring.
  • Prevents high turnover, controls absenteeism, and enhances worker productivity.
  • Reduces costs, i.e., healthcare and unemployment insurance expenses.
  • Ensures that the applicants really possess the necessary credentials and experience they claim to have.
  • Helps you compare final candidates and make informed hiring decisions.
  • Allows you to focus on your core competencies instead of on background screening.
  • Protects your assets, avoids accidents, and decreases the possibility of employee theft.

The information provided in a background check is just one piece of the puzzle. Our dedicated staff is here to help you understand and interpret the data provided in order to empower you with the information needed to make sound hiring decisions.

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A typical pre-employment background check will consists of the following searches:

Alias Names

Criminal records are sorted by name and date of birth, not by social security numbers, as many believe. As names can and do change, conducting a background check on a currently used name might not provide accurate results. This is why CNet offers alias searches for current names, for all names provided, and names provided with a social security number trace. The information produced will report on all felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions, pending cases, open case arrest warrants, case disposition information, and any related activity for the last seven years (or as stipulated by state). Longer periods or activity may also be reported and can be customized based on a specific client’s request.

Social Security Number Trace

A social security trace reports the historical connection of an applicant and their SSN based on history, state, and year of issuance. The SSN trace may reveal the use of multiple SSNs and/or aliases. Our search produces criminal records connected with the provided SSN and any additional locations of residence may be used to determine additional jurisdictions for search.

Consent Based Social Security Number Verification Service (CBSV)

The CBSV verifies whether a name and social security number combination match the social security administration’s master file using a name, a social security number, date of birth, and gender code, if available. Each search results in a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, indicating whether or not the search matches the administration’s records. If applicable, a death indicator will be reported. A CBSV search requires the signature of a valid SSN holder and the results may only be used as stated by the holder. Please note that the CBSV does not confirm or authenticate ‘proof of identity’.

County Criminal Record Check

County criminal records reveal any criminal records regarding a specific county court or jurisdiction. Obtaining country criminal records usually requires a physical visit to the court by one of our investigators, however receiving records electronically is occasionally an option. County criminal records report on all felony and misdemeanor convictions, pending cases, open case warrants, and any related activity. The industry standard is to report any activity dating back to seven years, however this can vary by state. Longer periods or activity may also be reported and can be customized based on a specific client’s request.

State Criminal Record Check

Not all states allow access to their criminal record repository. When available, state criminal records are searched at the State Central Criminal Repository. All counties report their criminal records to the state in which they reside, however timelines vary greatly by county and state. State criminal records report all felony and misdemeanor convictions, pending cases and open arrest warrants, available case disposition, and any related activity. The industry standard is to report any activity dating back to seven years, however this can vary by state. Longer periods of activity may also be reported and can be customized based on a specific client’s request.

Federal Criminal Record Check

Federal statutes or laws are separate from state statutes, therefore any crime and or conviction within the Federal Court System will result in those offenses and records being maintained within the Federal System. A search of county or state records will not find Federal Records. State criminal records report all felony and misdemeanor convictions, pending cases and open arrest warrants, available case disposition, and any related activity. The industry standard is to report any activity dating back to seven years, however this can vary by state. Longer periods of activity may also be reported and can be customized based on a specific client’s request.

National Criminal Record Database

The National Criminal Record Database searches a proprietary criminal database containing over 500 million plus records. The criminal records comprising the database are obtained from county, state, and federal repositories, correctional institutions, and law enforcement records. The National Criminal Record Database search is designed to broaden established search criteria in an effort to capture information outside of the scope and to identify jurisdictions in which an applicant potentially has a criminal record. This search can also identify potential registered sex offenders. This search is not designed to be a primary research tool, rather to add to the efficiency of an investigation. Any records found should be validated by an actual search of court records. Employment decisions should not be made based on this database information.

National Sex Offender Registry

This nationwide search of registered sex offenders includes all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. This search accesses public information from each state and lists sex offenders who, in most, cases have been convicted of sexually violent offenses against adults and children. Caution: The National Sexual Offender Registry does not contain information on all convicted sex offenders. Some states provide information only for sex offenders with assessment scores of Intermediate or High. For example, the California sex offender registry information is only available to employers hiring for specific positions. No database search will contain all records, therefore a manual search by state and jurisdictions is recommended.

Terrorism Watch Check

Global Watch Alert checks numerous government watch lists, including individuals, organizations, and companies that have been placed on watch status by the U.S. Federal Government, European Union, United Nations Security Council, The World Bank, and foreign governments. This search is essential because these individuals and entities may be a threat to global and national security and in most cases cannot be legally employed.

Civil Records

Civil records should be treated objectively when making employment decisions. CNet recommends that your company establish a policy that clearly outlines employment decisions based on civil records. The information provided by Civil Records reports on small claims, family court, and any other civil actions on file.

Motor Vehicle Record (MVR)

A Driving Record check verifies an individual’s driver’s license number, license status, class of the license, expiration and issue dates, endorsements, restrictions and points (where available), violations, accidents, and any actions taken against a driver’s license, such as suspension or revocation information. Information is obtained directly from the state of issue and each report contains all information provided by the state up to seven years of history, depending on each state’s reporting time frame.

Commercial Driver’s License (CDLIS)

The Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS), established under the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act (CMVSA) of 1986, is a nation-wide computer system that enables State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) to ensure that each commercial driver has only one driver’s license and that the State of Record (SOR) has the driver’s complete driving record. The system retains records of a driver’s current commercial license and up to three previous licenses. A CDLIS report only provides the state in which the driver currently has a commercial license and up to three previous licenses. The CDLIS does not provide actual driving records, suspensions or specific violations.

DOT Verifications of Employment

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Sec. 391.23) requires a three-year history of all DOT positions to be verified. A DOT reports on work history and drug and alcohol history, accident and incident history, along with reasons for leaving, eligibility for rehire, dates of employment, title, and performance history.

Education Verifications

An education search verifies an applicant’s claimed education. An education check verifies dates of attendance, degree received, and grade point average (GPA), where available.

Employment Verifications

An employment search verifies an applicant’s listed employment history. An employment check reports on dates of employment, positions held, reasons for leaving, eligibility for rehire, title held, and performance history. More specific information can be obtained upon request, such as professional affiliations, dependability, integrity, character, and work ethic.

Professional License Verification

Professional license verifications report on licenses held by the applicant through their specific licensing agency. A professional license verification verifies that a valid license is held, the license type, dates, and professional standing.

I-9 Verification

An I-9 check uses the DHS and SSA database to verify an applicant’s legal right to work in the U.S. An I-9 check reports on work status, social security number, and I-9 number. A complete list can be provided upon request.

Government Data Repositories

Various government departments maintain databases, which are lists of individuals or entities. These databases consist of people and entities that are excluded from participating in federally funded programs, wanted persons, and those who carry a special status. Examples include:

  • The US Bureau of Industry and Security (denied persons list) – List of persons or entities on the Bureau of Industry and Security denied persons list (U.S. import and export controls and regulations).
  • Directorate of Defense Trade Controls List (prohibited persons or entities) – DDTC is charged with controlling the export and the temporary import of defense articles and defense services covered by the United States Munitions list (USML).
  • The US Office of Foreign Assets Controls list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons – Search of trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
  • The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and Most Wanted Terrorists.
  • The Office of the Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals/Entities in the delivery of health care services- Searches of persons or entities involved in patient abuse, health care fraud or controlled substance felonies.
  • The General Service Administration’s List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Non-procurement Programs. A check of a data repository to verify that the relevant information exists in the database.