In business since 1999, First Check Applicant Screening is a licensed private investigations company that specializes in applicant screening.
First Check clients rely on us to provide them with reports for employment screening, volunteer screening, tenant screening, drug screening and personal background check reports.
Our extensive court researcher network enables us to provide accurate background investigations in all parts of the country. We provide customized background screening solutions based on the needs of your organization. We offer instant database background checks for our clients who insist on it; however, we encourage all of our clients to conduct a deeper, more thorough search by verifying the background of their applicant at the county level.
We also provide other direct verifications of employment, education, professional license, credit, and references often essential to the screening process.
It is our belief that direct criminal county level verifications are the most effective at discovering criminal records. However, multi-jurisdictional searches, federal, statewide, and local warrants searches are good supplemental searches that when combined are a thorough search of an applicant’s criminal history.
We are members of our profession’s industry trade group, NAPBS. The National Association of Professional Background Screeners exists to promote ethical business practices, promote compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and foster awareness of issues related to consumer protection and privacy rights within the background screening industry.
We are also members of an organization called Concerned CRA’s. Concerned CRA’s is a group of like-minded CRA’s (Consumer Reporting Agencies) who are concerned about the future of the employment background screening industry. We believe that certain data practices employed by some CRA’s place our profession at risk.
Some employment background screening firms send sensitive personal information (i.e. social security numbers and financial account information) off-shore to be processed. We believe that sending such information off-shore places both applicants and employers at risk and should be avoided whenever possible. Alternatively, when personal information is sent to other countries, applicants and employers should be made aware of this practice.
In addition, some screening firms sell “national criminal records databases” without appropriate safeguards to ensure that the information they are delivering is accurate and up to date. We believe that criminal records databases are valuable sources of information if they are used in a responsible manner.
We are concerned that these practices do not appropriately protect applicants from avoidable harm. Likewise, companies are placed at increased risk of litigation and public relations problems when their employment background screening partners employ these practices.
Ultimately, we are concerned that ongoing media coverage related to errors in background checks and the potential for litigation and overreaching legislative solutions place our profession at risk.
We fully comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and have an excellent dispute resolution / consumer relations department to assist applicants who have disputes with the information reported on their screening report.
First Check is a Consumer Reporting Agency as defined by the Fair Credit Reporting Act; however, we do not maintain a database on consumers. The applicant has authorized all the screening reports that we generate.
At First Check, we take seriously your obligation to also comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act regarding ordering consumer reports. We strongly emphasize the requirement placed on you regarding making a clear and conspicuous disclosure in writing to your applicant before ordering a screening report. We also emphasize the role you must play regarding pre and post adverse action if you rely on one of our reports to make an adverse decision on your applicant.