PreEmploymentDirectory.com Releases 10 Practices of Highly Effective Background Screening Firms

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Each year, almost two million American workers become victims of violent crime including over 600 homicides at an annual cost to US companies of over 35 billion dollars. As a result, the background screening industry saw an estimated increase of 16% in background screenings conducted in 2004 over the 2003 levels. Employers face a critical need to know whom they are hiring and who is on their payroll. PreemploymentDirectory.com, a division of the National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc., has come to the aid of employers and released the 10 Practices of Highly Effective Background Screening Firms.

Each year, almost two million American workers become victims of violent crime including over 600 homicides at an annual cost to US companies of over 35 billion dollars. As a result, the background screening industry saw an estimated increase of 16% in background screenings conducted in 2004 over the 2003 levels. Employers face a critical need to know whom they are hiring and who is on their payroll. PreemploymentDirectory.com, a division of the National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc., has come to the aid of employers and released the 10 Practices of Highly Effective Background Screening Firms.

PreemploymentDirectory.com is the leading online directory of background screening companies and enables employers to quickly and easily find a background screening company to meet their needs. The new list of the 10 Practices of Highly Effective Background Screening Firms is the first in a series of publications to be released to provide employers, Security and HR Professionals with a quick reference tool to guide their selection of a background screening firm. It will be broadly released to the public at the World Investigators Conference, September 21-24, 2005, booth 339, MGM Grand, Las Vegas Nevada.

"Workplace Violence continues to be a threat in businesses around the world from the anger-fueled phenomenon known as "desk rage" to actual homicide to the emerging issue of terrorism. Add to this the growing problem of identity theft, fake degrees, people lying on their resumes as well as the usual suspects of workplace violence, employee theft, employment espionage, etc., and it is easy to understand why background screening has skyrocketed over the last ten years," commented W. Barry Nixon, President, The National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence/

PreemploymentDirectory.com.

"Organizations of all sizes are being forced to put a renewed emphasis on their hiring practices and are beginning to recognize that background screening is a must in these turbulent times in which we live," Nixon added.

When evaluating any background screening firm, PreemploymentDirectory.com suggests the following 10 Practices of Highly Effective Background Screening Firms to use as a guide:

1. Provide 'Full Service' background screening including the following:

  • Verification of identity, e.g.,social security trace, etc.
  • Criminal and civil background check including current warrant
  • Reference check and previous work history
  • Verification of education and professional license records

  • Motor Vehicle records
  • Terrorist Search
  • Credit history
  • Other searches as deemed necessary

2. Certify that all information sent to client will be in compliance with all applicable Federal, State and local privacy, EEO, consumer reporting and other appropriate laws. They also have specific procedures and processes in place to shield client from acquiring or viewing 'protected information' or information that might expose the client to legal liability.

3. Certify that all staff, permanent and temporary, have had criminal background checks conducted on them and have acceptable employment histories.

4. Respond within a time frame that meets the company's hiring needs (turn around time to provide data for a hiring decision to be made.)

5. Provide a written procedure that defines their process for protecting applicant information, destroying necessary information and protecting the privacy of sensitive data.

6. Have certification in states that require Background Screening firms to be certified.

7. Fully explain limitations of National Criminal Database Searches to clients.

8. Have the capability for their database to interface and/or to be integrated with any company's HR and/or Employment information

system(s).

9. Have the capability to collect direct information from court houses in jurisdictions appropriate to meet clients' needs.

10. Provide documentation that verifies that the Background Screening Company's staff is properly trained in appropriate information management and all appropriate legal requirements for conducting background checks.

These practices are based on the preliminary results of a nationwide survey of best practices in background screening, conducted by PreemploymentDirectory.com, the full results of which are expected by the end of the year.

The ultimate goal of the survey is to identify the current practices that employers are using to conduct background screenings with the hope that these will lead to the identification of best practices. The survey was sent out to Human Resource, Employment Management and Security professionals earlier this year and definitive results will be published by the end of the year.

Complete details, a wide array of information and a comprehensive listing of background screening firms can be found by visiting booth 339 at the World Investigators Conference, September 21-24, 2005, MGM Grand, Las Vegas Nevada, on the web at http://www.PreemploymentDirectory.com, by calling W. Barry Nixon at 949-770-5264.

About Preemployment Screening Directory.com:

The Preemployment Screening Directory is the largest and most comprehensive web based directory of background screening firms designed for employers to find a company to meet their screening needs. The Directory consists of several sections to guide employers quickly to the company that will serve them best:

1. U. S. Domestic Section (firms are listed by their location, State by State)

2. International Section (firms that conduct background screening internationally)

3. Vendors and Suppliers Section (firms that provide services to the background screening industry)

4. Alphabetical listing

The Directory has over 700 firms listed and is continuously growing.

The Directory also provides Reference Material and Articles on background screening to meet company's research or information needs. It is truly a 'One stop' source that makes it easy to find a background screening firm that meets employer's needs; they no longer need to look in multiple places to identify the companies and services available to them.

The Preemployment Screening Directory is a comprehensive tool to support workplace security efforts to provide safe workplaces for employees. For more contact Barry Nixon at 949-597-0977 or visit http://www.PreemploymentDirectory.com.

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