Most employers would like to know details on the person they’re hiring; they would like to perform a background check on their employees before hiring so that they can protect themselves and their customers. When a background check is run on you and the results are bad you might not be eligible for some jobs. As a result, you might be left depressed from rejection. You’ll might even be shocked when a company relates that you that you didn’t get hired because of a bad criminal record that is not even yours. Yes, companies do make mistakes when running background checks and you can correct those mistakes presented to and by your employer. It might take some time to straighten this out and you have to take the necessary procedures to correct those mistakes.
For most companies and organizations, a background check is part of their hiring process, that is to say, it is part of their routine. Companies and employers must, however, must get your consent before conducting any background check on you; if you don’t agree with the routine then it’s illegal for anyone to conduct a background check on you. Obviously, most employers or companies won’t hire you if you don’t give them the permission to conduct background checks on you, they’ll assume you have some serious criminal records that you’re hiding.
In order to reduce the risk of identity theft courts sometimes provide details on the criminal records of individuals. They can provide only name and birth date, they do so because there have been complaining of background check errors. Other things like social security numbers are sometimes given to companies running background checks because they provide more access and accuracy to the individual’s record details. Most of the time without social security numbers a background check can go wrong. A lot of people can have the same name or birth date on a large database, which means it’s easier to replace someone’s identity and character with another.
Why Should Employers Conduct Background Checks?
They can get false credentials from employees; A research conducted by CareerBuilder shows that 58% of resumes from employees are false, most job seekers will give incorrect information on their resume so that they are more likely to be hired. They include false seniority levels, inaccurate job titles, wrong education details, and other misleading things. As an employer, you trust your employees with your business and they represent your brand, in order to get honest and hard-working employees, you should definitely conduct background checks before hiring anyone.
Failure to conduct background checks on your employees will affect the general performance of your company, if your employees are not equipped with the qualifications and experience they said they have, they’ll interfere with the overall performance of your company. Everyone in your company depends on each other to do their job well. Not conducting a background check will make the company supervisor spending more time dealing with bad employees instead of spending the time to grow and expand the business.
How To Correct Wrong Background Checks
The first step is to identify and obtain the wrong information an employer has about you. If you’re not hired because of a wrong criminal record your employer has, you have the right to know the reason why you’re not hired. This is in accordance with the federal trade commission site. Your employer must reveal the source he got the wrong information. You should request this information fast, no later than 60 days. Within this period you have the right to request the report from the company that conducted the background check. You then contact the original source to correct the misinformation they have about you. There is a need to gather strong legal evidence that will support your character.
Preventing Wrong Background Checks
If you’re hunting for a new job it is always advisable to get a copy of “your” criminal background record. According to the consumer finance protection bureau, there are certain agencies that are only given permission to conduct background checks. These agencies can supply a copy of criminal records for free. You are also eligible to get a free copy of your credit report at least once a year.
Misinformation includes basic information like name, social security number or birth date. This type of error may arise due to sloppy handwriting or any other human errors that weren’t intentional. Most times there may be minor mistakes from the background company check such as date discrepancies. Such minor mistakes might not affect the companies’ image, and other things like defamation of character are serious issues and can affect employers and companies running the background check.
Conducting a background check is an important routine for any hiring process and it offers a lot of benefits to both the employer and the employee. You have to be careful so that you don’t end up hiring someone with violent criminal records and drug addiction records. This category of people will really cause problems to your company and sometimes may cause legal issues for your business, so stay away from them. You should take all the necessary steps to protect your clients and customers and your entire business.
If you believe your employment rights are violated or you have wrong background check results, let Massey & Duffy help you fix it with professional lawyers. We have a multimillion-dollar verdict in this area of the law – can we help you do the same?