Criminal Records Checks
Criminal Background Checks & Screenings for Employees
Let’s start with criminal background check basics
What is a criminal background check?
Criminal background checks compile national and local records so you are aware of any reportable criminal records associated with your candidates. While criminal background checks can be used for service platforms or non-employment purposes, many companies run employer criminal background checks to make more informed hiring decisions, mitigate risks, and ensure teams are built safely and efficiently.
Why is understanding a candidate’s criminal history important?
There are many reasons why companies run criminal background checks. Two key components to a criminal check include:
Candidate eligibility and fit
Does your candidate have a criminal record that would make it illegal or risky to perform the role? Are there specific offenses that might show up on a criminal record lookup that are critical for your organization to know? Criminal background checks help answer that question and allow you to make the right hiring decisions.
Criminal background screenings can help protect your brand’s reputation and reassure customers and employees of workplace safety. A trusted employee criminal background check gives you additional peace of mind you need as you grow your workforce.
Running criminal record background checks may seem daunting, but Checkr makes it easy to manage the process. With clear and intuitive messaging, you will know exactly where your candidate stands at every stage of the criminal history check procedure from requesting a criminal background screening to making your hiring decisions.
Checkr’s Criminal Record Screenings
National Criminal Records Check
Determine which if any county records should be reviewed with this powerful primary search that queries over 900 million records.
County Criminal Records Check
Screen county records from any state for the most complete documentation of criminal history.
Federal Criminal Records Check
Search the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) for federal felony and misdemeanor convictions at the district level in federal courts.
State Criminal Records Check
Search state criminal record databases. This screening is dispatched in tandem with the County Criminal Record Check to ensure full coverage and case information.
Global Watchlist Search
Search a comprehensive network of domestic and international government watchlists for criminal history and industry bans.
Sex Offender Registry Searches
Search registries from all 50 states, Washington DC, and US territories. Reports will include the offender’s date of registration and current status.
SSN Trace and Address History
Review address history and Social Security Number (SSN) validity with a powerful SSN trace through public and proprietary records. Determine which counties and other databases should be searched for additional public records.
If a candidate does not have or does not provide a SSN it is still possible to run certain checks like motor vehicle records (MVR).
Fraud Abuse Control Information System (FACIS) screens for sanctions/adverse information in sensitive fields such as healthcare. Checkr offers two levels of checks for federal and state compliance.
What to keep in mind when performing criminal background checks
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
To build a compliant background check process, you must understand the FCRA and regional and local requirements around denying a candidate employment based on a criminal record.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The EEOC helps ensure that candidates are being treated fairly in the hiring process, and provides a framework for individualized assessments of pre-employment background checks.
Modern Candidate Experience
Background checks can be intimidating, Checkr improves the user-experience with online educational tools, live support, and access to report status in our mobile-friendly candidate portal.
Ban the Box
“Ban the Box” is a collective term for regulations dictating when in the hiring process you may review a candidate’s criminal history with the goal of ensuring fair access to employment.
Your Company Policy
At the end of the day, you define the terms of engagement for any role. A clear company policy regarding criminal background checks that is applied consistently will limit liability and risk.
Checkr builds fair chance into criminal background checks for employers
This can be as simple as accessible, easy to maneuver tools that filter out charges which are not relevant to your business. Furthermore, your background check provider should offer a dashboard that makes it easy for you to conduct a “nature-time-nature” test when you’re adjudicating.
With 70 million+ working age Americans impacted by criminal records, community safety is about much more than restricting who you employ. Partnering with a background check provider like Checkr who offers the tools and data available today sets you up to screen more eligible candidates into your workforce.
Want to unlock a new, diverse talent pool?
Explore Checkr’s Fair Chance Playbook to learn why candidates with a criminal record can actually be the key to improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
International Background Checks
Manage global and local background checks in a single system with Checkr’s global platform which extends to 223 countries.
Get notified of any reportable changes to employee criminal records with Checkr’s continuous criminal records monitoring.
COVID-19 Continuity Package
Checkr ensures your team maintains access to vital court records—even with COVID-19 related delays—so you can continue hiring.