Today Show Story on the Pitfalls of Poor Background Screening

The NBC Today Show recently aired a segment on the pitfalls of poor background screening, more specifically poor criminal record checks.  In the segment, some of the largest players in the background screening industry were identified as using databases for criminal history record checks.  Furthermore, these databases included unverified information that was disseminated to clients for employment screening purposes. As the segment pointed out, the use of unverified data  leads to errors, especially errors with subject identity, and will cause applicants to unjustly lose employment opportunities while costing potential employers qualified candidates.  It is widely known that these databases contain information which is out of date, inaccurate, and incomplete.  The key to protecting your company, its employees, its customers and its assets is to use a background screening vendor that has a robust verification process in place with the necessary additional steps to make certain that the information being reported is the most current, complete and accurate.

Click here to see the video clip of the segment: http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/49757722/#49757722

Click here to see the article:  http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/49505767/ns/today-today_rossen_reports/t/rossen-reports-background-check-firms-making-errors/#.UKJdWfVMTcs

There is a right way to conduct background checks that benefit both the company and the applicant and that is to: 1) collect preliminary information from various sources and cross compare to ensure data integrity, with very conservative use of databases only as pointers; 2) access the official repositories of record (such as relevant courts or state police agencies) and retrieve public record information based on an appropriate ID match; 3) re-verify any adverse results; and 4) filter the results to ensure conformity with FCRA and state law reporting limitations  before disseminating the information to the client.

What does this mean to you?  Working with a background screening company that solely relies upon databases will put your company in harm’s way and increase the likelihood of expensive litigation (including class action suits), FTC fines from violations of the FCRA, administrative actions from the EEOC, and damage to your company’s brand.

CARCO strongly encourages that you make sure your background screening company is doing background checks using the right process to ensure your risk is being mitigated, not increased!

ABOUT CARCO: CARCO Group, Inc. is a HR technology and paperless workflow solutions company. Started in 1977 as a risk mitigation company, providing background screening and drug testing, CARCO continues to provide these services and more. CARCO has evolved to become a full-service HR partner, helping clients manage the new hire process in standalone solutions or integrated with your Applicant Tracking System (ATS).