Be Wary of Background Checks – Especially from Referral Services
There are a plethora of referral services (and other types of companies) that promote, “our members (or employees) are background checked.” Some of these companies advertise on television and other media formats, while many others only promote their services via brochures and signs. When you check “the fine print” of the websites of most of these companies, the efficacy and adequacy of their background checks are typically disavowed.
Most companies and regrettably, even many individuals responsible for human resources, do not fully understand the complexities and issues in performing a “best practices” background check. There are several reasons for this:
There is no criminal database that exists that covers the entire country
There are approximately 3,300 counties in the USA, and based where a person has lived, separate county criminal searches are needed, if not sufficiently covered in a criminal database
Most criminal records have no Social Security Number attached to them, which requires that criminal records be searched by legal name and date of birth
Maiden names and other legal names need to be checked, as a crime committed under a maiden (or other) name will not be found if only the married or current legal name is searched
With almost 330 million people in the USA and only 365/366 days, there are sometimes “false positives” – exact matches on legal name and date of birth, that require further reinvestigation to verify whether the match is in fact your applicant
Certain jurisdictions are more expensive to search for criminal records. For example, more than half the population of New York State requires an onerous payment to their jurisdictional entity (currently $65 per name or alias searched – which does not include the actual researcher’s fee
All of the above result in certain applicants costing significantly more than others to properly vet for criminal convictions.
Whether you own or work for a company, or you are a consumer needing to hire a plumber, electrician, caregiver, or any other in-home service provider, you must be diligent and informed. Regardless of which referral company you employ, and how they tout that all their members are “background-checked,” you must ask the question: Have you performed a “best practices” background check?
Best practices typically require that criminal records be checked for all legal names and legal aliases that are displayed in a “Social Search” or “Social Trace” product, from all counties that are listed by the Social Search/Social Trace product over the past 7 years. It is important that court records are searched, not simply prison records. Further, it is imperative that legal name and date of birth are verified against proper Government ID (generally a driver’s license, state ID, or passport). A misspelled name, or a date of birth that is off by even one digit can compromise the criminal records search results.
So when using a referral company to select your next in-home contractor or aide, if you care about your personal security – or that of your loved ones – be sure to select a referral company that does not simply perform cursory background checks. There are somereferral companies that employ best practices, when it comes to searching the criminal history of the members they refer (unfortunately it takes much research to find them)
Rudy Troisi, President and CEO, Reliable Background Screening
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“After working with various other background screening companies, I like the reassurance that I’m getting the correct information, and that there is asecond set of eyes checking at all times. After working with Reliable for five years in another location, I recommended Reliable to Mountain Shadows after my move. I definitely enjoy working with the Reliable team, and because it is a family-owned company, I know that they care about their customers – they always answer phone calls and they help me through a problem.”
Correna Zadoorian Director of Human Resources
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To keep costs in check to provide our quality services at fair prices, we rely on our satisfied clients’ referrals to get new clients.
If you are happy with the service we are providing you, we will greatly appreciate you referring us to others like you who also value protecting their brand, reputation, and safety. As a token of our appreciation, we will send you a $25 Amazon gift card.
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