Workplace Background Investigations
We have over a quarter century of experience conducting quality background investigations for attorneys, corporations, and insurers. The company has access to numerous criminal databases and subscribes to over a dozen commercial record databases, to better serve our client’s investigation needs. We are experts at identifying the jurisdictions that need to be searched, and bringing all the data into a concise investigation report that enables you to make the right choice regarding employment matters. When you need the truth, we can find it.
Conducting a basic criminal record check is an absolute necessity. This not only protects the company from unnecessary exposure to theft and fraud but also protects other employees from the potential threat of workplace violence and harassment.
Litigation Background Investigations
Work-related injury and discrimination lawsuits cost U.S. employers billions of dollars each year. Employers can proactively protect themselves by identifying high-risk applicants who frequently file such lawsuits. A thorough civil background investigation may turn up shady business dealing, or a pattern of filing false or bogus lawsuits for financial gain.
Employment reference checks are an effective means of verifying a potential employee’s application or resume/curriculum vitae. The process allows the company to hire an individual that is well suited for the specific job and workplace.
It is imperative for employers to confirm whether an applicant has graduated from high school, obtained a GED, completed technical training, or received a college degree. This allows the employer to better hire the candidate with the skills and aptitude for a given position.
Personal references seldom amount to more than a list of friends or neighbors who speak well of the applicant. A competent investigator can structure polite, concise questions that may reveal undisclosed gaps in employment, fantastic educational experience, or inflated credentials. Do not underestimate the value of effective personal reference verification.
With identity theft on the rise, it is imperative that employers know who they are hiring. A routine database search can prevent costly delays associated with the hiring of employees. The Department of Homeland Security recently implemented the No-Match Rule to assist employers in dealing with identity inaccuracies. While the No-Match Rule is the subject of ongoing litigation with the ACLU and others; it is undoubtedly a template for future efforts to curtail identity theft abuse in the workplace. Get ahead of the curve and implement a cost-effective method of verifying the true identity of all your employees.
Employers should routinely check the driving records of applicants who will drive company vehicles or operate heavy machinery. A driver’s history is an extremely cost-effective search, and can significantly reduce the employer’s risk about transportation related incidents and accidents.
Most applicants and employers are unaware that military records can be verified (more on compliance and record management). Likewise, most applicants wrongly assume that their claims of military experience will not be checked for accuracy. If you suspect that an applicant may be misrepresenting his or her military record, or discharge status, you owe it to your company to do a thorough military background check.
Professional License Verification
Government authorities with oversight of professional licensees generally maintain records about education, investigations, and disciplinary matters. The multitude of licenses and controlling agencies can make it nearly impossible for a small to the mid-size employer to verify all the different types of licenses and credentials claimed by employees. We can efficiently verify the license, and check for any disciplinary actions, suspensions or revocations.
An applicant’s financial background is an excellent indicator of his or her potential as an employee. Credit scores, bankruptcy records, liens, judgments, civil lawsuits and equity to debt analysis may be included in the investigative report.