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What Does A Background Check Consist Of
What is included in a background check should properly depend on the concerns and needs of the employer and the position for which the applicant is being considered. Through careful use of the information provided by a quality background check, an employer can greatly reduce or eliminate serious legal and employee problems.

Summarized below are the background check products and services offered by A Matter of Fact. Each can be included in an employment background check.

Employment Criminal Background Checks

County Criminal Records Check (Felony & Misdemeanor)
Most criminal cases are prosecuted and stored at county courts. These cases are violations of state criminal codes. Use this check as the foundation for inquiry into the applicant's criminal history. For greater detail, see County Criminal Records Check.

Federal Criminal Records Check
Federal crimes and crimes committed on federal property are prosecuted in federal district courts. Use this check to broaden and make more complete your inquiry into the applicant's criminal history. For greater detail, see Federal Criminal Records Check.

'Nationwide' & 'Statewide' Criminal Records Check
Criminal record databases are notoriously incomplete. They cover only selected counties and date ranges and are compiled from various sources. However, they are a useful supplement to County Criminal Record checks. Use Nationwide and Statewide searches to extend the inquiry beyond the known states and counties of residence, school, and work. This increases the probability of finding possible convictions. For example, an applicant may have been charged with a crime in another state or in other counties while traveling on business or vacationing. Possible cases must be verified at the court with jurisdiction. For greater detail, see 'Nationwide' Criminal Database Check and 'Statewide' Criminal Records Check.

National Wants & Warrants
This search is an important supplement to County Criminal Record checks. Check for outstanding warrants for serious (extraditable) offenses. Note: We only run a National Wants and Warrants as part of a complete background check and not as a stand-alone search. For greater detail, see National Wants and Warrants Search.

Sex Offender Registry Check
Most states provide centralized services that can be used to check whether an applicant is registered as a convicted sex offender. For greater detail, see Sex Offender Registry Check.

Global Homeland Security Search
Homeland Security databases around the world are checked, including the Health and Human Services Exclusion List, Interpol Most Wanted, Fugitive List, OFAC, and the Palestinian Legislative Council List. For greater detail, see Global Homeland Security Search.

International Criminal Record Checks International Criminal Records Checks are available. For greater detail, see International Criminal History Records Searches.
Education, Employment, and License Verifications

Education Verification
Because of the large number of applicants who make false educational claims, this search verifies that an applicant has the training required for the position being sought. It is also an important honesty check. For greater detail, see Education Verification.

Employment History Check
Prior Employment History Verification is an essential element in building a defense against negligent hiring claims (even when a prior employer will verify only minimal information). This report helps the employer verify employment history and check for inconsistencies between the information on the application and the prior employers' statements (dates of employment, reason for leaving, job title, salary). This report may also provide information regarding the applicant's honesty, tendency to engage in violent or harmful conduct, or other problem areas. For greater detail, see Employment History Check and Work History Verification.

License Verification -- State/Federal
License Verification is critical in building a defense against negligent hiring claims when licensing or certification is a factor. It verifies that the applicant has the license required for the position (license type, current status, standing, and any restrictions). For greater detail, see Professional License Verification, State/Federal.

Motor Vehicle Report
A Motor Vehicle Report is an essential element in building a defense against negligent hiring claims for employees who drive company vehicles or drive on company business. It verifies that the applicant has the license required for the position (license type, current status, standing, and restrictions, if any). This search may provide information regarding an applicant's history of irresponsible behavior, including whether there is a history of substance abuse. Note: We only run a Motor Vehicle Report as part of a complete background check and not as a stand-alone search. For greater detail, see Motor Vehicle Report.

Professional Reference Checks
This check reviews information regarding an applicant's capacity to perform in the proposed position. It is useful in learning about an applicant’s abilities, skills, qualifications, work habits, absenteeism, ability to be supervised, honesty, tendency to engage in violent or harmful conduct, and other problem areas. For greater detail, see Professional Reference Check.

International Work History and Credential Verifications
International Work History and Credential Verification Checks are available. For greater detail, see International Education Verifications, International Employment Verifications, and International Driving Record Search.
Employment Eligibility Verification

Form I-9 and E-Verify
The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) requires that an employee's eligibility to work be verified by use of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. An E-Verify search directly verifies Social Security, Immigration "A" and I-9 numbers through the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The process is online, easy to use, and, most importantly, it is accurate. For greater detail, see Form I-9 and E-Verify.

Global Homeland Security Search
Homeland Security databases around the world are checked, including the Health and Human Services Exclusion List, Interpol Most Wanted, Fugitive List, OFAC, and the Palestinian Legislative Council List. For greater detail, see Global Homeland Security Search.

Medicaid Sanctions, OIG Excluded Parties
Staff members with OIG sanctions are excluded from positions related to Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care programs. Health care providers need to check to see whether OIG sanctions have been brought against a staff member. For greater detail, see Medicaid Sanctions, OIG Excluded Parties.
Credit Reports & Other Background Checks

County Civil Records Check
A county-level civil case involves one or more plaintiffs filing a complaint against one or more defendants. Civil actions are typically classified by the amount of money sought by the plaintiff. Civil actions do not usually list a subject's date of birth or social security number. Typical information yielded includes case type, claim amount sought, disposition, and any awards. For greater detail, see County Civil Records Check.

Credit Check (special Credit Report for employers)
Credit Reports show debt load, payment history, and may include public record information (liens, judgments, collections, and bankruptcies). Use this check to see a history of possible bad financial management or significant financial pressure. For greater detail, see Employment Credit Reports.

Social Security Number Scan/Trace
Review whether a Social Security Number is valid, whether the addresses reported match the addresses provided by the applicant, whether the number is being used by others, and whether the applicant is using aliases or more than one number. Search results may point to a geographic area that needs to be searched for possible criminal history. For greater detail, see Social Security Number Scan/Trace.

Workers' Compensation History
This search provides history of Workers' Compensation claims. It is useful in determining the accuracy of information on an individual's job application, determining whether the individual is capable of performing the essential functions of the job, and in properly channeling work assignments. Note: This search can only be ordered after a conditional job offer has been made. For greater detail, see Workers' Compensation History.
Employment Drug Screening

Drug Screening & Drug-Free Workplace Programs
A drug-free workplace provides increased productivity; reduced turnover, tardiness and absenteeism; a safer work environment; and reduced health insurance costs. For greater detail, see Employment Drug Screening.
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