Tip of the Month
Tip #7: How long does it take to get the information?
For each “tip of the month” this year we will focus on 12 different recommendations for creating a non-discriminatory employment background screening program.
When an employer decides to hire or promote an employee they should have a non-discriminatory legally compliant background screening program in place. Not only does this help employers ensure they are hiring the right person for the position, it also limits exposure to negligent hiring claims.
For this month we will focus on the question, “How long does it take to get the information?”
It all depends on the type of searches being conducted. For instance, if databases are being utilized (i.e. nationwide criminal, sex offender registry, social security trace) then the information will come back instantaneously. However, if old fashioned research is required for any searches requested (i.e. county level criminal search, verification of employment/education and reference check) then there will be a turnaround time for the information to come back. On average county level criminal searches take between 24-48 hours to complete in most cases (if there are records indicated then the turnaround time may be affected.). Verifications of employment and education depend on how the information is stored. For example, larger companies may use a third party system to facilitate the employment/education verification process (in most cases verifications are instant) while smaller companies will have their human resources departments provide the employment verification information.
It's important to remember:
- Utilize a “pay as you go” service; don’t get locked into a contract or pay excessive set up fees
- Make sure the information you are getting is worth what you are paying (true value is in the accuracy of the information)
- Request a complimentary background check to see exactly what you will be receiving
- Employers are still held liable if they perform a substandard or “cheap” background check
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