Employment background screening FAQs
What you don’t know may surprise you
Why should my company perform background checks?
Pre-employment background screening is important for a number of reasons. Background checks can help your company make the best hires, and avoid making unsuitable or negligent hires. That helps prevent workplace violence, theft and lawsuits. You can give your clients the peace of mind that comes with knowing your employees have all been thoroughly screened by the process you put in place.
What services are best for my company?
The pre-employment screening services that best suit your company depend largely on the nature of your business and the positions for which you’ll be hiring. If you need assistance in choosing employment background check services, we can use our expertise to put together a plan that makes sense for you, focusing especially on industry-specific services, compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and any particular concerns or requests you may have.
How long does a background check take?
Most of our reports are completed before the industry standard 48-72 hours because of our relentless pursuit of information and our commitment to accuracy and timeliness. We consider a report “late” if it has not been delivered three days after the initial order was placed and will make every effort to close out any such reports.
How much does a background check cost?
The cost for each report will vary depending on services performed. Our prices are competitive–even though we put customer service and satisfaction as a higher priority than many competitors. Contact us today for our fee schedule. In the belief that you should be charged only for those services you need and order, all pricing is à la carte, with no bundled packages.
How can I request a report?
Requests for employment screening services may be submitted by fax, email or online through DV2©, our web-based interface for reporting and information management. With DV2©, you can enter orders online and view reports when they’ve been completed, or even when they’re still in process.
What is the Fair Credit Reporting Act?
Pre-Employment, Inc. and its employment background checks comply with all aspects of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a consumer protection statue designed to protect consumers by regulating the gathering and dissemination of information for and within consumer reports, including pre-employment reports. Before a report is prepared, the applicant must be provided with a clear and conspicuous written disclosure, in a document that consists solely of the disclosure, stating that a consumer report may be obtained. This disclosure is incorporated into our consent request form, which must be signed by the applicant. The FRCA also requires employers to notify applicants in writing when their pre-employment reports contain information which may cause employment denial or another form of adverse action. For simplified compliance, the required notifications are embedded in each report we provide.
You can find a PDF containing the text of the FCRA on the Federal Trade Commission’s website. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) enforces the FCRA and provides a Notice to Users of Consumer Reports for important employer guidance and a Summary of Consumer Rights.