5 Types of Advanced Background Checks

In this day and age every employer should be doing some form of background check on any potential hires.  Some employers might feel secure by simply browsing through a candidate’s social media profile. Unfortunately a background check such as will likely miss most of an applicant’s essential information.  This is why advanced background checks exist and are the preferred method.

There are many different paths to follow with advanced background checks.  How much information you need will usually depend on your industry. If you aren’t sure how deep to go or what is required by law, ESS can help you out.   We can supply a needs analysis to sure up the gaps in your current employment screening. For a little more information, here’s 5 of the most common types of advanced background checks.

1.)  Pre Employment Drug Testing

Probably the most common type of advanced background check is a simple drug screening.  The reasoning for drug test background checks is self explanatory. Most of the time it boils down to issues of safety and productivity.  There are some industries that are required to perform pre employment drug testing, like transportation or construction, but it’s something every employer should consider.

2.)  Criminal Records Search

As an employer you have the duty to provide a safe work environment.  That means providing the appropriate safety equipment but it also extends to monitoring the people who work for you.  It’s important you know about an employee’s criminal record to be able to understand if they pose a threat the rest of your workers.  With a criminal records search, you’ll know who’s been convicted for what and can move forward as necessary with that knowledge in hand.

3.)  Registered Sex Offender Search

One of the most important screening services is in identifying registered sex offenders.  If you’re looking to hire in healthcare, childcare, or education, this advanced background check is mandatory.  According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the rate of repeat offenses for sex offenders is four times higher than other offenses.  For this reason alone, it’s important to get potential employees checked out before you hire them.

4.)  E-Verify

The E-Verify system is set up as a post employment background check.  This government developed platform is used in parallel with I-9 employee authorization to ensure that your employees are not working for you illegally.  This is not a step in the employment process you want to take lightly as it can have serious ramifications.  Make sure your current employees are authorized to work for you.

5.)  Education Verification

If you’re hiring for a highly technical position you’ll want to make sure anyone you hire has the required knowledge and experience.  Unfortunately, some individuals attempt to boost their chances of being hired by putting false info on their resume; specifically relating to their education.  A background check education verification is the best way to be certain your candidates know what they claim to know.

ESS is one of the most experienced background screening companies in the Buffalo NY area.  If you need more information about job applicants, ESS can help you out with an advanced background check that will fit your needs.  Don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions or concerns about how the background check process can work for you.

Construction Industry Background Checks

Employment Background Screening for the Construction Industry

Any industry can benefit from performing pre employment background checks, but is crucial in high turnover industries. For construction company owners and leadership, one of the main ways to avoid turnover is to do your due diligence in the beginning of the hiring process. That way is through screening employees prior to their start date, to weed out the wrong hires. Because it’s also a dangerous and high risk field of work, supplementing OSHA standards with FCRA compliant background checks helps keep your company productive, and safe.

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Safety & Security

According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance, 50 percent of on-the-job accidents are related to drug abuse. Drug testing before and during the hiring process can be a way to avoid unnecessary accidents and keep your team safe. In addition to avoiding potential accidents due to negligence, and the cost associated with that, keeping your property, equipment and proprietary information secure is also important. Find out if your applicant has a criminal history before you put valuable assets in their hands.

Drug Testing

Alcohol and substance abuse is a significant factor for workplace accidents, as we’ve mentioned. When working in the construction industry, it obviously increases the risk factor. According to the US Department of Labor, 35 percent of all absences are due to substance abuse. 40% of Thefts, and 35% of workplace injuries or fatalities are linked to substance abuse. Because all construction workers are typically in danger of risk of workplace accident, it’s imperative to properly screen all employees.

Employment Screening Services is a full service employee background check company with clients all over the United States. We offer boiler plate style pricing, enabling more of an ongoing partnership than a membership fee. If you’re in the construction industry, and you would like a free needs’ analysis to see what you’re paying for background screenings, just give us a call and we will follow up with you.