Universal Background Screening Introduces Identity Verification Solutions

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Universal Background Screening, a national provider of employment screening solutions, today introduced two new products to help human resources and corporate security professionals confirm applicant identity during the screening and hiring process. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 58th Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, DC.

Universal Background Screening, a national provider of employment screening solutions, today introduced two new products to help human resources professionals confirm applicant identity during the screening and hiring process. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 58th Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, DC.

Universal’s SSNsight™ product works in conjunction with the company’s Social Security Address/Alias Trace to identify applicants who may be using illegitimate or stolen social security numbers. The expanded product first determines an association between an applicant’s name and social security number, as well as additional names affiliated with the SSN and an address history compiled from a variety of sources.

SSNsight identifies the state and year of issue for an applicant’s social security number. Finally, unlike trace products offered by other screening companies, SSNsight includes a search of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master Index to determine if death benefits have been paid for the SSN provided.

Simplified, Real-time I-9 Compliance

The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 legally mandated that employers verify the employment eligibility status of newly-hired employees and made it unlawful for employers to knowingly hire or continue to employ unauthorized workers. Since that time, employers have been required to collect identification cards and documents, complete complicated forms and essentially accept the legitimacy of identification documents at face value. Employers had no way to quickly, accurately and legally determine a new hire’s identity and legal right to work through official government sources.

Through the company’s partnership with Form I-9 Compliance, Universal Background Screening’s Electronic I-9 product empowers employers with online tools to quickly, easily and legally conduct right to work verifications for new employees. This unique solution allows employers to accurately and officially confirm the identity and legal authorization to work of new hires while decreasing human error in the completion of I-9 forms. The final result is simplified compliance with the IRCA and peace of mind for the employer that the workforce is legally authorized to work in the United States.

Form I-9 Compliance is the first federally-approved Designated Agent of the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration for Form I-9 employment verifications. The proprietary system integrates with the federal government’s Employment Verification Program (EVP), allowing employers to quickly and accurately verify new employees’ legal right to work.

In addition to new employee verifications, current employee records can be screened to identify those with mismatched Social Security numbers through the Social Security Administration’s Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS). Employers benefit from improved accuracy of payroll and tax reporting while virtually eliminating inquiries by the Social Security Administration regarding unmatched Social Security accounts.

“SSNsight is a powerful tool to help employers confirm the identity of job applicants,” said Julie Chase, Executive Vice President of Universal Background Screening. “Through our partnership with Form I-9 Compliance, the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration, clients of Universal Background Screening can now perform real-time electronic I-9 employment eligibility checks on new hires.”

Universal Background Screening can be found at Booth 1443 in the main exposition hall. More information about SHRM’s 2006 Conference and Expo can be found online at http://www.shrm.org.

About Universal Background Screening

Universal Background Screening delivers comprehensive employment screening solutions driven by proactive customer service, industry-leading turnaround time and advanced technology. Nationwide services include criminal background checks, driving records, credit reports, employment verifications, reference checks, drug testing and more. Serving over 1100 clients in 45 states, Universal is a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and a recognized leader in the employment screening industry. Additional information can be found online at http://www.universalbackground.com.

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