Unlike TV drama portrayals, there is no singular database that contains the entirety of criminal records across the country. To receive criminal information, Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) utilize two methods of searching for criminal records: one is by going straight to the primary source of the information (ie: the county courthouse or federal district court where a crime was originally prosecuted) and the other is by searching an aggregated database(s).
Database only criminal history background checks are quick, they are inexpensive and they are easy to access. However, performing only database background checks will actually increase your liability, which will ultimately cost much more in the long run than it saves short term.
Many companies assume that all background screening companies are run the same. This simply is not true. Not all of the vetting processes used by background screening companies are the same and they definitely are not equally able to protect your company.
This is why at Essential Screens we will not perform a database only background check for our clients. It is crucial when you select a consumer reporting agency to perform background screens for you, that the company will do a thorough job while maintaining compliance with the EEOC and FCRA; which means doing much more than a name only database search.
There are CRAs that exist who will run a database only search for clients and hand over all the records that were found, leaving the responsibility to sift through the pile of possible matches on you. At Essential Screens we believe in providing a better service to our clients. We verify all matches and eliminate any unnecessary information.
It has been an issue for individuals with a common name to have a background screen returned “red flagged”, due to a person with the same name having a criminal history. Can you imagine how many possible records would come back on a name like John Smith? However, a good background screening company will perform due diligence and ensure that the person being screened is the same as the person who has the criminal record. By using Essential Screens for your employment screening, you can count on numerous screening checks and balances being in place.
An “instant” background check may sound like it will be help move along the hiring process, but that does not mean your information will be accurate. Hiring decisions are important and should not be taken lightly, nor should thorough vetting of your candidate before trusting them as an employee.
Background checks are regulated by government agencies to protect unlawful discrimination by hiring companies. This requires CRAs to adhere to strict regulations and provide the consumer with complete and accurate information. If a criminal record is found, the details of the case, charges, severity and outcome must be confirmed before they are reported to the consumer. There is absolutely no way that this will occur if a database only search is run, leaving the hiring company open to lawsuits.
At Essential Screens, we take pride in making sure the record you receive is for the candidate in question only. You can count on the results we deliver.