background checks

October 28, 2015

Prospective Employee Background Checks

Question: May an employer perform a background check on prospective employees? If so, when? Answer: Background checks are permitted; however, in general, they should not be completed before an employer has made the employee an offer of employment. Background checks provide employers with the means to verify the accuracy of information provided by a job applicant as well as gain other information about an individual that is relevant to employment. For example, a background check may verify previous employment, salary, education, and any of the following, as applicable: Military service records Driving records Credit records Social Security number Character references State licensing records Criminal records Employers may utilize a third party to collect background check information or personally gather information through computerized and posted public […]