Background Checks

An emphasis on safety and security is vital to running a successful and profitable business. Negligent hiring lawsuits result when employers hire unstable or criminal applicants without properly investigating their work authorizations and backgrounds. Background checks are a key component of employment screening to protect your business processes and reputation, your employees' safety and well-being, and your hiring processes. They reveal discrepancies in applicant and employee claims and document sources such as court records and prior employers' comments. They are required by state and federal law for some jobs such as jobs working with children, disabled individuals, and the elderly.

Laws governing background checks and workplace discrimination include the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Gold Shield Group understands these laws as they pertain to employee background checks and can help you with your employment background check process.

Thorough background investigations include a combination of public records and private interviews regarding the following:

  • Driving records
  • Employment histories
  • Criminal and arrest records
  • Court records
  • Education records
  • Bankruptcy and credit records
  • Worker's compensation records
  • Character and personal references
  • Incarceration records
  • Sex offender registries

A typical employment background check includes a social security number scan, a review of county criminal records, verification of previous employment, and educational credentials verification. More comprehensive background checks are common for executive level candidates, especially in financial positions such as controller and CFO or specialized positions requiring advanced training and education.

Background checks aren't just done for employment screening. Other types of background checks include pre-marital screening, internet dating screening, tenant screening and nanny screening.

The Gold Shield Group can provide any kind of background checks you require, audit your employees for missing background data or security issues in background information, or train your managers on the issues surrounding background checks.

Contact us today at 212-763-8567 for assistance with your background check processes.