Previous Employment Check
What does an employee background check consist of?
A standard background investigation involves verifying details of previous employment. This takes two forms:
1. Verification of Employment History
Verification of employment history entails checking the claims made by the candidate in terms of tenure of employment, position, job responsibilities, and salary with the records available with the previous employers for consistency. Such a check could also extend to verification of educational records and claims of past training. Discrepancies usually indicate forgeries or lying by the candidates.
A casual check usually probes the last three employers whereas a detailed security clearance mandates verifying the entire work history.
Another dimension of background check entails asking for references from candidates, usually from previous supervisors or colleagues. While most such references would not openly commit to any negatives about the candidate for fear of lawsuits, the employer can search for subtle hints or vagueness suggesting that something is amiss.
Reference checking, if done by the employer directly, is free of legal considerations. Entrusting the reference checking to third parties, however, attracts the provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Section 603(o) of this act mandates special procedures for reference checking.
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