By Kristen Wakulchuk


You conduct candidate and employee background checks for reasons critical to your business, including protecting your employees, customers, and other stakeholders from harm, as well as improving the quality of your hires and meeting legal and regulatory requirements. Background checks also safeguard your company’s reputation and help reduce or prevent theft, embezzlement, and other criminal activity. 

But, which specific background checks do you need?  

The answer may vary, so work with your screening provider on a case-by-case basis to determine whether you need: 

Social Security Trace/Address Verification 

This is critical when assessing any new hire. An investigative database tool is used to pinpoint any previous name or address history. Depending on the results, you may want to order an additional criminal search. 

Criminal History Information 

As the name implies, a criminal history search determines whether or not a person has a criminal record. It lessens the potential for dangerous on-the-job incidents or negligent hiring lawsuits. It may include federal, state, multi-jurisdictional, or sex offender searches. 

Professional Verification and Reference Checks 

Professional verification check options cover a candidate or employee’s education, employment and professional licensure information. Various levels of reference checks are available – and when you take this step, questions should be personalized to meet your specific needs. 

A Civil Service Report 

This covers any public record filings that are non-criminal in nature. 

Consent-Based Social Security Verification 

Verification that a person’s Social Security number matches their name is obtained via the SSA Master File and Death index. 

A Credit Report 

A credit report assesses such potential risk factors as judgments, liens, account histories, types of credit, and collection accounts as they pertain to employees and candidates. 

A Motor Vehicle Report 

A motor vehicle report (MVR) verifies a person’s driving record, license status, and any violations on record at a state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 

Information on Medical Exclusions 

This is a medical sanctions search of federal agencies and disciplinary action information from multiple agencies. 

Information on Global Terrorist, Medical or Financial Exclusions 

This helps ensure that you comply with the USA Patriot Act. It also checks with state and federal sources to identify any disciplinary actions against a person on the part of healthcare providers. 

Completion of Form I-9 

This is mandatory: A Form I-9 must be completed in its entirety for every employee in the U.S.  

Confirmation of Work Eligibility 

An individual’s eligibility to work in the U.S. must be completed post-hire. 

You also may opt for a physical exam, an international background check, or a five- or 10-panel drug screen on an individual. 

Don’t settle when choosing a background and drug screening company.

Choose the one that customizes a solution to your company and its current, unique needs. The answer is right in our name: Chane Solutions. We’re committed to giving you confidence in every hire you make, maintaining a safe working environment for all your people, while remaining 100 percent compliant. Contact us today to learn more.

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