Here is an explanation of our selection process. We began our search with an initial list of more than background check services. Some of these companies we found through online searches, and some were agencies that reached out to us asking to be considered.
Next, we researched each provider, investigating its services, reviewing sample background check reports, reading user comments and interviewing small business owners. We also considered pricing. After narrowing the list further, we contacted each company's customer service department, posing as a small business owner. We visited company websites, read online reviews and made calls to customer service representatives.
If some services had live chat on their website, we tested their live chat support. We analyzed each service based cost, types of criminal searches conducted, ease of use, how easy the reports are to access and understand, how long searches take, Better Business Bureau complaints, National Association of Professional Background Screeners NAPBS accreditation and compliance with the FCRA.
For household employer services, we used a similar methodology but only for those services that stated they cater to household employers.
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At Business News Daily, we are dedicated to finding the best services and products for your small business. We understand that your time is valuable; therefore, we invest dozens of hours into researching and testing the best background check services, so you don't have to. We strive to keep our reviews up to date. Each year when we update our reviews, we report on new industry changes.
In addition, we evaluate any new services. In addition to our recommendations this year, below are two companies we previously selected as best picks:. Here is a condensed list of the top background check providers we recommend. This alphabetical list includes our best picks. A-Check Global A-Check Global is a background check company that offers great customer care and customizable background screening solutions to its consumers. This agency conducts several searches like Social Security number traces, address history checks, criminal history checks, sex offender registry checks, professional license verifications, motor vehicle records checks, and education and employment verification.
AccuSource AccuSource provides employers with customized employment background checks. It offers several features, including drug and alcohol testing, international background screening and credit checks, among others. AmericanChecked Inc. With more than 2, integration options, it can service businesses of any size or complexity.
It uses advanced technology to conduct several searches like criminal history, reference checks and employment verification. Background Screeners of America Background Screeners of America provides employers with customizable background check services and caters to a variety of small business employment screening needs. ClearStar ClearStar provides employers and hiring managers with a mobile-friendly platform where they can purchase fast, easy-to-use background check services.
Their services are available across the globe. It offers industry-specific plans and specialty screening like international, social media and drug screening. Corra Group Business owners can conduct a variety of background check searches, depending on your business's needs.
Crimcheck Crimcheck allows businesses of all sizes to run background checks on potential employees. Employers Choice Screening Employers Choice Screening provides services that comply with state and federal regulations. It offers pre-employment screening to a variety of industries. Their background checks comply with the FCRA. This background screening service offers FCRA-compliant solutions to organizations of all sizes.
Types of services include drug testing, Social Security number traces, address history, criminal records checks, domestic and global terrorist watch list checks, sex offender list checks, professional license verifications, motor vehicle records checks, and education and employer verifications.
HireRight HireRight is a great background check agency that offers services to a variety of industries. It provides employers and hiring managers with helpful background check information and online resources. Intelifi Intelifi offers background check services to employers looking to screen potential employees.
In addition to standard background checks, this agency offers advanced screening services like drug testing.
Justifacts Justifacts Credential Verification Inc. OneSource OneSource offers a combination of standard and unique background check services, like pre-employment screening, tenant screening, certified contractor screening, volunteer screening and TotalCheck learning. Pre-employ Pre-employ has several years of experience offering a variety of background check services.
In addition to standard screening, it also provides drug screening, and volunteer and student checks. It also offers additional resources like drug screening and online training. Businesses can choose from multiple screening services or create their own customized search. Department of Justice estimated in that 1 out of every 17 White men 5.
National data, such as that cited above, supports a finding that criminal record exclusions have a disparate impact based on race and national origin. The national data provides a basis for the Commission to further investigate such Title VII disparate impact charges. During an EEOC investigation, the employer also has an opportunity to show, with relevant evidence, that its employment policy or practice does not cause a disparate impact on the protected group s.
An employer also may use its own applicant data to demonstrate that its policy or practice did not cause a disparate impact. An employer's evidence of a racially balanced workforce will not be enough to disprove disparate impact. In Connecticut v. Teal , the Supreme Court held that a "bottom line" racial balance in the workforce does not preclude employees from establishing a prima facie case of disparate impact; nor does it provide employers with a defense.
Finally, in determining disparate impact, the Commission will assess the probative value of an employer's applicant data.
As the Supreme Court stated in Dothard v. Rawlinson , an employer's "application process might itself not adequately reflect the actual potential applicant pool since otherwise qualified people might be discouraged from applying" because of an alleged discriminatory policy or practice. Relevant evidence may come from ex-offender employment programs, individual testimony, employer statements, evidence of employer recruitment practices, or publicly posted notices, among other sources. After the plaintiff in litigation establishes disparate impact, Title VII shifts the burdens of production and persuasion to the employer to "demonstrate that the challenged practice is job related for the position in question and consistent with business necessity.
Moody 82 and Dothard 83 to explain how this standard should be construed. The Court further stated in Dothard that the terms of the exclusionary policy must "be shown to be necessary to safe and efficient job performance. In a case involving a criminal record exclusion, the Eighth Circuit in its Green v. Missouri Pacific Railroad decision, held that it was discriminatory under Title VII for an employer to "follow the policy of disqualifying for employment any applicant with a conviction for any crime other than a minor traffic offense.
In , the Third Circuit in El v. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority 93 developed the statutory analysis in greater depth. Douglas El challenged SEPTA's policy of excluding everyone ever convicted of a violent crime from the job of paratransit driver. Applying Supreme Court precedent, the El court observed that some level of risk is inevitable in all hiring, and that, "[i]n a broad sense, hiring policies.
El had, "for example, hired an expert who testified that there is a time at which a former criminal is no longer any more likely to recidivate than the average person,. In the subsections below, the Commission discusses considerations that are relevant to assessing whether criminal record exclusion policies or practices are job related and consistent with business necessity. First, we emphasize that arrests and convictions are treated differently. The fact of an arrest does not establish that criminal conduct has occurred.
Many arrests do not result in criminal charges, or the charges are dismissed. An arrest, however, may in some circumstances trigger an inquiry into whether the conduct underlying the arrest justifies an adverse employment action. Title VII calls for a fact-based analysis to determine if an exclusionary policy or practice is job related and consistent with business necessity.
Therefore, an exclusion based on an arrest, in itself, is not job related and consistent with business necessity.
Another reason for employers not to rely on arrest records is that they may not report the final disposition of the arrest e. As documented in Section III.
U.S. employers are willing to hire someone with a record if that companies that have hired people with criminal backgrounds rated the quality. The reluctance of employers to hire people with criminal records, He spent a few months searching for a new job in his old industry, but there.
Mervin and Karen, a middle-aged African American couple, are driving to church in a predominantly white town. An officer stops them and interrogates them about their destination. When Mervin becomes annoyed and comments that his offense is simply "driving while Black," the officer arrests him for disorderly conduct. The prosecutor decides not to file charges against Mervin, but the arrest remains in the police department's database and is reported in a background check when Mervin applies with his employer of fifteen years for a promotion to an executive position.
The employer's practice is to deny such promotions to individuals with arrest records, even without a conviction, because it views an arrest record as an indicator of untrustworthiness and irresponsibility.
Although an arrest record standing alone may not be used to deny an employment opportunity, an employer may make an employment decision based on the conduct underlying the arrest if the conduct makes the individual unfit for the position in question. The conduct, not the arrest, is relevant for employment purposes. Andrew, a Latino man, worked as an assistant principal in Elementary School for several years.
After several ten and eleven-year-old girls attending the school accused him of touching them inappropriately on the chest, Andrew was arrested and charged with several counts of endangering the welfare of children and sexual abuse. Elementary School has a policy that requires suspension or termination of any employee who the school believes engaged in conduct that impacts the health or safety of the students.
After learning of the accusations, the school immediately places Andrew on unpaid administrative leave pending an investigation. In the course of its investigation, the school provides Andrew a chance to explain the events and circumstances that led to his arrest. Andrew denies the allegations, saying that he may have brushed up against the girls in the crowded hallways or lunchroom, but that he doesn't really remember the incidents and does not have regular contact with any of the girls. The school also talks with the girls, and several of them recount touching in crowded situations.
The school does not find Andrew's explanation credible. Based on Andrew's conduct, the school terminates his employment pursuant to its policy. Andrew challenges the policy as discriminatory under Title VII. He asserts that it has a disparate impact based on national origin and that his employer may not suspend or terminate him based solely on an arrest without a conviction because he is innocent until proven guilty. After confirming that an arrest policy would have a disparate impact based on national origin, the EEOC concludes that no discrimination occurred.
The school's policy is linked to conduct that is relevant to the particular jobs at issue, and the exclusion is made based on descriptions of the underlying conduct, not the fact of the arrest. By contrast, a record of a conviction will usually serve as sufficient evidence that a person engaged in particular conduct, given the procedural safeguards associated with trials and guilty pleas. For example, a database may continue to report a conviction that was later expunged, or may continue to report as a felony an offense that was subsequently downgraded to a misdemeanor.
Some states require employers to wait until late in the selection process to ask about convictions.