Background Screening FAQ

Studies have shown that conducting proper pre-employment background screenings greatly reduces the risk of workplace violence. Other reasons are to increase employee retention, to improve your company’s regulatory compliance and to improve your company’s reputation.

What are the most important checks that my company should do?

The checks that you should do are unique to your company. If you employ truck drivers or delivery persons then a motor vehicle record should be your priority. If you are hiring a warehouse worker then maybe a drug screening would be first. Most employers feel that criminal records are the most important checks. After that comes social security trace, motor vehicle records, drug screening, employment and education verification, credit, and finally social media. Call Investigative Screening Solutions today to discuss ways to better screen your new hires. We will work with you to come up with a strategy tailored to your needs and your company or organization.

My organization or company only has volunteers or extended workers (contingent workers, contractors or temporary employees). Should I still check them?

Many volunteers have contact with children, the elderly and other members of the public as well as access to your company’s financial records. In order to greatly reduce the risk of liability, identity theft and monetary theft, volunteers and extended employees should be screened.

What are the legal risks associated with doing background checks on my employees?

If proper procedures are not followed, then the legal risks are great. At Investigative Screening Solutions, we take this risk very seriously. We are trained and certified in 15 U.S.C § 1681, the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, as well as state specific laws and regulations so that this risk is overwhelmingly reduced. In today’s litigious society where law suits are filed at a whim, it is paramount that a background screening company have proper compliance and policies in place. Investigative Screening Solutions is constantly monitoring the changes in applicable law so you don’t have to. We subscribe to numerous publications that monitor the industry as it relates to legislative changes. When a new law is passed we are ready for it and will make the necessary changes to our policy and system so that it is seamless to your company. Furthermore, we will provide your company with any updated forms that must be used such as “Summary of Rights”, “Pre-Adverse Notice” and the “Adverse Action Notice”, among others.

How long will it take to complete a background check?

Investigative Screening Solutions understands that time is money. The length of time it takes to complete a background check varies with each client but since we use only the most efficient, most recognized vendors in the industry our turnaround times meet or exceed that of any screening company.

Aren’t background checks too expensive?

While cost is an important factor to consider when deciding which background checks to conduct, the return on investment makes almost any amount of screening worthwhile. Background checks create a safer workplace, assist in hiring the most qualified candidates, reduce employee theft and mitigate the risks associated with negligent hiring. In the background screening industry, there is a commonly repeated statistic from a 1998 U.S. Department of Labor booklet that hiring the wrong person can cost an organization roughly three times that person’s annual salary. Today, the true number is much higher. Experts in the field estimate the cost of a bad hire to be anywhere from four times annual salary for supervisors all the way up to 15 times annual salary for vice presidents and executives.

How do drug screens work?

The most common method of drug screening is a urinalysis. Your employee will receive a notice with a list of locations that are convenient to them so that they may report to give a sample which will then be analyzed by a licensed physician. Investigative Screening Solutions only utilizes laboratories with the highest reputation in the industry to insure that the results are highly accurate and turnaround times are fast.

If you have any questions that are not addressed in this section please give us a call. We would be more than happy to discuss your specific needs.