Pre-employment screening is no longer a luxury, but rather a matter of necessity. With negligent hiring and vicarious liability lawsuits in vogue, it has become mandatory, by case law, that employees be carefully screened prior to hiring.
At a minimum, a criminal records search should be made. Social Security Number Trace, DMV Driver’s Records and Consumer Credit Reports are also popular screening tools.
Learn more about the services offered through our Pre-employment Screening program below.
Pre-Employment Screening Services
- National Criminal Information Search (NCIS)
- OIG HHS Excluded File
- Criminal Conviction History
- Social Security Number Trace
- DMV Driver’s Records
- Consumer Credit Report
- Employment Verification
- Education Credentials
- Statewide Legal Search
- Civil Litigation
- Federal Court Records
- Sex Offender Registry
- Professional Licensing
National Criminal Information Search (NCIS)
The NCIS is a comprehensive data source of multiple criminal records including Federal Fugitive files, State and County Criminal Record Repositories, prison, parole and release files and other State agencies. The NCIS provides real-time access to the largest data source available with over 126 million offense records covering 38 states currently online.
OIG HHS Excluded File
An OIG exclusion has national scope and is important to many institutional health care providers because the Congress of the United States established a Civil Monetary Penalty for institutions that knowingly hire excluded parties. Accordingly, the OIG maintains the List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE), a database which provides information to the public, health care providers, patients and others relating to parties excluded from participation in the Medicare, Medicaid and all Federal health care programs.
Criminal Conviction History
The criminal conviction search speaks for itself. History has taught us that people who have committed serious criminal acts in the past are very likely to do so again. In addition to eliminating these people from the hiring process, the likelihood of negligent hiring and vicarious liability litigation is minimized.
This research is a must in the screening phase. Our criminal records research nets a 9% – 13% “hit” rate in most urban areas. Both Superior and Municipal courts are searched at the county level for the greatest accuracy. Research is conducted at the court house by our couriers.
This information does not come from a data base or name index, which are only periodically updated. We pull the records directly from the case file at the courthouse which gives you up-to-the-minute information.
Social Security Number Trace
This search identifies aliases and fictitious or unauthorized use of social security numbers. People wishing to distance themselves from a troubled past frequently change their names and/or social security numbers.
This index will quickly identify those individuals and includes current and past addresses and employers that may have been intentionally omitted from the employment application.
DMV Driver’s Records
This is a surprising source of pertinent information providing yet another indicator of the applicants level of responsibility.
Arrest warrants issued for failure to pay minor traffic fines, alcohol or illegal drug convictions and multiple accidents are just a few of the warning signs found in the DMV report.
Consumer Credit Report
Shows the complete credit/financial profile of the applicant. Includes trade lines, balances, payment history, address and employment, and significant public record information such as bankruptcy, tax liens and judgments.
Allowed under the Fair Credit Reporting Act for any permissible purpose, including employment screening.
As a result of several strident court decisions, verifying previous employment can seem an exercise in futility. Our professional background investigators are skilled in gleaning information from even the toughest sources.
Some of the areas we address are job title, length of employment, salary, reason for termination and re-hire status.
One of the most falsified pieces of information on an employment application or resume, education credentials are critical in the hiring process because of the impact an untrained employee can have on the operation as a whole.
Poor performance, wasted time and resources, improper placement and morale are just a few of the areas affected.
Statewide Legal Search
Shows filings of small claims judgments, bankruptcy, all federal, state and county tax liens, notices of default and evictions.
This index is an excellent compliment to the criminal conviction search.
Shows all litigation filed at the higher court level from Superior court upward. Lists both plaintiffs and defendants in civil actions. Municipal court cases such as small claims, evictions and other judgments are not included in this search.
These searches are conducted at the county level for greatest accuracy.
Federal Court Records
Shows all criminal and civil matters brought before the Federal court system. Includes criminal filings, civil litigation and bankruptcy courts.
Searches are conducted at the Federal district level for the greatest accuracy.
Sex Offender Registry
Sex offenders, predators and child molesters are required by Federal and State laws to register with local law enforcement wherever they reside throughout the United States. Our sex offender registry search will quickly identify those who have been convicted and registered as sex offenders.
This search is a must whenever there is any possibility of sexual assault such as nannies, coaches, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, day care facilities and other establishments and personnel that cater to children, women and the infirm.
This index searches up to 36 occupational license types to provide the name and address of the licensee, license number, date of issue, license status and date of expiration.