Background Checks

Companies in today’s competitive business climate are placing more and more importance on background screens. This focus on background checks is crucial to maintaining a safe and professional workforce. By incorporating background checks into your company’s hiring process, you will reduce your liability, improve the quality of your hires and ensure your clients feel confident placing their trust in your staff.

At Conspire!™, we offer the following Fair Credit Act Reporting-compliant screening products, which cover every type of hiring opportunity imaginable:

  • Civil court searches
  • Workers compensation claims
  • Executive resume screening
  • Professional license verification
  • Education verification
  • Nurse aide abuse registry
  • I-Med levels one, two and three
  • Tenant history
  • Global watch list reports
  • Motor vehicle reports
  • County and state criminal history
  • National criminal searches, which includes sex offender registry
  • SSN verification
  • I-9 verifications

Our professionals at Conspire!™ will guide you through the administrative and legal process with regard to background checks. This will promote compliance and subsequently ensure your company’s next hire is a great hire.

What is a Background Check?

When attempting to define what a background check means, you might assume it is a simple criminal history check. However, a thorough background check is much more. To get a comprehensive look at an applicant, you have to look at their employment history, education and, of course, criminal records. You also need to examine references and civil records. These will all combine like puzzle pieces to create a complete picture of the person whom you might hire. This allows you as an employer to be sure you are hiring the person you think you are, not a person with something to hide.

How Far Back Can Background Checks Go?

The FRCA limits bankruptcies to 10 years. In addition, tax liens, judgments, civil lawsuits and anything excluding a criminal conviction is limited to seven years unless you obtain the legal authority to look further in the past. There are no federal limitations on criminal convictions, though. Yet, there can be limits on a state level.

What Organizations Should be Doing Employee Background Checks?

Some industries actually require background checks. Industries such as those that handle others’ private and personal information require background screenings. Examples of these include insurance companies, financial services and home health care organizations. Even if your industry doesn’t demand background screenings, it is still beneficial to run them.

What Are The Benefits of Background Checks?

There are many reasons you should invest in a good background service like the one we offer at Conspire!™. The following are just a few reasons:

  • Minimizes Your Risk: A background check keeps you from endangering current employees and customers by hiring a person who has a history of violence, theft or white-collar crime.
  • Helps You Recognize an Exaggerated or False History: Not only can a background check help you identify a criminal history, it can also help you discover a fabricated education or work history. This is an important element of a good background check because the Society for Human Resource Management reports an astounding 61% of hiring managers find misrepresentations either often or sometimes when verifying potential candidates for a job.

Do Companies Have to Disclose Background Checks?

According to FCRA compliance regulations, you do have to let applicants know you are running a background check. In fact, you have to get their signature of approval. At Conspire!™, we understand the requirements surrounding background checks and will communicate with you through the process, ensuring we meet all the demands required by law.

What Information is Needed to Run a Background Check?

In order to run a successful background check, you need the following information from your potential employees:

  • Their social security number.
  • Their full date of birth.
  • Their full legal name, including their middle and last name.

It’s important to note that although a social security number isn’t required to run a criminal background check, having this vital piece of information will help you create a truly comprehensive picture of an applicant.

What is the Cost of an Employee Background Check?

Overall, the cost of a background check varies based on the type of checks that are being processed. At Conspire!™, we are happy to speak with you about how much you can expect to pay for our comprehensive background check.

Steps to Take if a Background Check Leads to an Applicant Being Passed Over:

If you get a bad result back from a background check and intend to decline a person’s application for that reason alone, you are obligated to tell them. Legally, certain steps must be followed by the employer when denying a job in this situation. At Conspire!™, we will help you follow the procedures needed to protect your company, in case the applicant decides to fight your decision to deny him/her employment based on the failed background test.

Background checks serve a crucial role in keeping workplaces safe. It was the creator of Time-Life Magazine, Henry R. Luce, who once said “Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.” Thankfully, we at Conspire!™ understand this instinctive exercise in foresight. As a result, we want to help you make the correct choice as you calculate whether or not someone will be a positive addition to your company through a background check.