Employee background checks may be here to stay and nowadays many employers require every employee to pass a background check prior to employment, although there may still be some jobs that do not have the background check requirement, especially if it is a supervised position.
This growing trend of background check must first be accepted and approved by the to-be employee as there is a need for a release from the employee prior to undergoing the check. Should the employee not want to submit a background check, then he may be terminated upon being hired.
The great news is that the results of the background check can and must be released to the employee regardless of the outcome of the employee being hired or not, and these may be shared with a future employer by the employee, should the employee want to do so.
There are a number of things an employee must submit for his or her background check. For example a copy of the employee’s driver’s license may be requested or a copy of the social security card and number may be asked for.
Some employers have need of a few references from their employee to be listed on the background check information. If the position is one which is defense related or confidential and investigative, then a criminal background check may also have to be submitted for approval and hiring. This type of background check information is a bit more sensitive and therefore harder to come across by the employer.
Bankruptcy filings and work history records are very easy to obtain since they are part of the public records and not classified information. More difficult for an employer to access is the criminal history and records of a prospect employee, as there are different laws in each state.
In the case a future employee was a student in order for the employee to obtain the school records, a release from the employee student has to be obtained first, otherwise the school records will not be released to the prospective employer.
There are many states that do not disclose past convictions and criminal offenses are very difficult to obtain. Sometimes it is necessary for an employer to hire a person for a job which requires security clearance, and so that is when a potential employee will initially be asked to undergo a background check, so from the outset the employer will know what to expect before the hiring process begins.