Do I have to consent to an employer’s request for a background check?
An employer cannot force you to sign a consent form. You can always refuse to give permission. However, if the employer is entitled to the information it seeks, the employer is also entitled to take you out of the running if you won’t consent. The employer can refuse to hire you – or even consider you for the position – if you don’t consent to a reasonable request.
What is in a typical employer background check?
Ideally, the background check can help reveal whether or not a person told the truth to questions on an employment application and what they stated on their resume. Depending on the employer’s preferences and objectives, the background check can be as basic as checking county criminal records, or as comprehensive as also checking Federal criminal records and motor vehicle records, verifying past employment and education, conducting reference checks, and drug testing. On average, approximately 10% of the time a Felony or Misdemeanor criminal record will be reported on an applicant’s background check report. With respect to non-criminal searches, the background check may reveal discrepancies between actual and reported dates of employment, job titles, and educational degrees.
How common is background checking for employment purposes?
Surveys suggest that 92% of companies conduct some type of background search, often including one or more of the following: criminal records checking, reference checking and past employment verification.
How much does a background check cost?
Aside from the internal time a company may spend, background checks ordered from providers range from a few dollars to find addresses to hundreds of dollars for more extensive investigation. Our experience is that on average, the typical packages ordered range from about $30 for basic criminal searches to $100 for packages that include more extensive criminal searches (e.g., Federal Criminal and Terrorist Watch List) as well as employment verifications and motor vehicle records searches.
Which background checks give the best results?
This depends on a variety of factors. Criminal record searches generally are at the foundation of an employment background check – due in substantial part to protect its workforce and prevent against negligent hire claims. Searching the county courthouses in the areas where the person has lived is an industry best practice. In addition, various database searches can be conducted to identify additional jurisdictions in which it may be advisable to search the applicable courthouse, and Federal level criminal record searches also can be performed. Beyond criminal records searches, additional screening options may include Motor Vehicle Records, Employment and Education Verification and drug testing.