Background Checks

Promote safety and a trust-based culture.  A careful search of county, state and federal records can reveal felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions, pending criminal cases, history of incarceration and more.

Criminal Background Checks

Safety & Security Without Doubt

Your company’s reputation, for one thing. But that’s just the beginning. You want to build a culture based on trust, where employees feel safe and secure. Criminal background checks also play a key role in managing risk to your assets and your customers, including minimizing liability claims. Criminal checks are part of a hiring process that complies with federal, state and local regulations, including “fair chance” hiring laws. They help ensure you follow industry and company hiring policies.

Criminal Background Checks

Get The Insight You Need

Some 70 million Americans have a criminal record, but that record is just one part of any candidate’s profile. Fair Chance or “ban the box” laws can prohibit employers from inquiring into a candidate’s criminal history before the candidate can introduce themselves and their specific circumstances — often after a conditional offer of employment. Remember Jean Valjean from Les Miz?

However, stealing a loaf of bread is one thing, but rape or aggravated assault are altogether different. Once a candidate has passed additional screening, a criminal background check provides the insight you need to assess each case and make an informed decision. A careful search of county, state and federal records can reveal felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions, pending criminal cases, history of incarceration and more.

Criminal Background Checks

Compliance Uncomplicated

While your company will bear ultimate responsibility for compliance, we’re here to advise you. Criminal background checks must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines, as well as local, state and federal fair hiring (ban the box) laws.

Some key considerations:

  • Become familiar with all laws regarding criminal background checks, as well as with industry-specific regulations.
  • Develop a company policy to ensure fair and consistent criminal checks.
  • Notify candidates of criminal background checks and give them the opportunity to present their specific case before running a check.

If a background check compels you to deny employment, follow the steps outlined by the FCRA to ensure the Adverse Action Process is followed. Some local laws also outline specific steps for adverse action.

Criminal Background Checks

Critical Information on a Need-to-Know Basis

PeopleG2 offers options in criminal background checks to meet your company’s specific needs. The following [table/list] provides a brief description and different applications. For help in choosing the right criminal checks.

County Criminal Search

This is one of the most important tools for uncovering criminal records. Subjects are most likely to have information filed at the county level, making this one of the most accurate and comprehensive searches. We are one of the few screening companies using actual researchers who handpick information from courthouses in every county in the United States.

Statewide Criminal Search

Many states offer statewide criminal search comparable to the county one. If available in your state, this search can be run as a broader alternative to the county criminal search. Some industry regulations require statewide searches.

Super Criminal Search

This robust search incorporates all our criminal database information — more than 850 million records — covering the most areas and records available based on name and date of birth matches.

National Criminal Search

County criminal searches go deep but not very wide. The National Criminal Database Search complements a county search by going wide but not very deep. It can uncover possible crimes missed by other searches, and covers over 750 million records in multiple databases. PeopleG2 always suggests combining this search with a county criminal search. That way candidates are screened using the widest, most accurate criminal review in a cost effective manner.

Instant Statewide Criminal Search

This search is a great value if a candidate has lived in multiple areas within a single state. The search doesn’t always use birth dates or middle names, so results may include other people with the same name. However, in states with high court fees or long delays, this can be an attractive alternative to a statewide search when accompanied by a county search.

50-State Sex Offender Search

This search is important if your employees work with vulnerable populations. It covers registry information from available counties and states in the US. Most records include pictures and birth date information. All searches may return records of other individuals, whose profile is similar to the candidate, for your review and possible further investigation.

Federal Criminal Search

Violations of federal law  are recorded in the US District Courts and generally do not appear in either a county or statewide criminal check. However, federal offenses can be very severe, involving kidnapping, drug trafficking, interstate transportation of stolen goods, bank robbery and embezzlement. Federal searches are important if your employees work with financial or other sensitive information.

Unless otherwise specified, searches cover records for the past

7 Years.

 Some court, state or other external fees may apply.