Criminal Background Checks

Criminal Background Checks With Background Information Group

Conducting a criminal background check helps to ensure that you are hiring the right candidate for the position while also protecting both your employees and business assets. Although an individual’s criminal history may not prevent them from working in your company, it is important to consider the various ways that your business may be affected.

The Importance of Criminal Background Checks

Criminal background checks provide you with the information you need to determine whether a candidate’s criminal history would affect their ability to work in your organization.

 

If a potential candidate has a criminal record, you will receive information regarding the nature of the offense as well as when it took place. This will allow you to make an informed decision on whether or not a candidate would be a wise fit for the position.

As an employer, you should always be looking for ways to improve the overall safety of your workplace. This will not only eliminate incidents that could lead to lawsuits but will also help to foster the trust you have built with your current employees. 

 

A criminal background check of incoming employees is just one of many ways that you can continue to create a safe working environment.

Whether an employee has an existing criminal record or not, there is always the possibility of financial loss. Conducting criminal background checks is one way to minimize the financial loss your business experiences due to poor hiring decisions or theft

Even with the best interview and application processes in place, there is a possibility of hiring an employee that does not benefit your business. A criminal background check is one of the best ways to weed out candidates that could cause financial loss, frustration, or unnecessary supervision.

Types of Criminal Background Checks

At Background Information Group, we help you to determine which type of criminal background check is best for your situation. The type of criminal background check you conduct will depend greatly on the position you are hiring for, your industry, policies within your business, and legal requirements. We can conduct criminal background checks on several levels including the following:

County criminal records often include felonies, misdemeanors, and occasionally traffic offenses that were handled on a county level. This may include robbery, shoplifting, trespassing, and assault, to name a few. In some counties, this information is not available online. Our team will work quickly and efficiently to gather the information you need to make a timely and informed decision.

There are several industries and positions that require an individual to pass a criminal background check on a statewide level. State criminal records are often much more comprehensive as they cast a wider net in the area where a candidate may have resided. Much like county criminal records, state criminal records will include information on misdemeanors, felonies, traffic offenses, and more.

A criminal background check conducted on a federal level will identify any civil cases in which the candidate was involved in. In order to become a case in the federal court, the offense would involve a violation of a constitutional or federal law. This is much more serious than a case that was handled on a county or even state level.

What Information Appears On a Criminal Background Check? 

A criminal background check can be quite eye-opening to an employer who is conducting the hiring process. In order to make an informed decision regarding your newest team member, it is important to investigate their criminal history. 

 

Criminal background checks include information regarding the offense, date of the offense, sentence, and any other information such as parole status. Criminal background checks will alert you to convictions for felonies, misdemeanors, and violations including the following:

  • Trespassing
  • Public Intoxication
  • Theft
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Vandalism
  • Murder

  • Kidnapping
  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Traffic Violations
  • Permit Violations

Although some of these convictions may not impact the employability of the individual, other convictions may greatly affect your decision.

Abiding By Equal Employment Regulations

While any employer has the right to conduct a criminal background check on a candidate before completing the hiring process, there are several regulations that must be followed. As an employer, you can not discriminate against an individual with a criminal history unless their convictions could cause them to be a liability in the position for which they are applying.

 

It is important to navigate this process carefully to avoid negligent hiring lawsuits or fines. Our team is highly trained and ready to help you navigate the process. We will help you ensure that you are providing an equal opportunity workplace while protecting your employees and assets.

 

Background Information Group is passionate about providing businesses of any size with the information they need to make the best hiring decisions. We provide you with fast, accurate results that will help you add value to your business. Contact our team today to learn more about how a criminal background check would benefit your hiring process.

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