Universal Background Screening Announces USA CriminalSearch™ Products

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Universal Background Screening today announced the availability of USACriminalSearch Plus, the next generation of multi-source database available for employment screening purposes – including criminal, sex offender and national security sources. The announcement was made in conjunction with IMAGE 2006, the annual conference of the National Association for Health Care Recruitment (NAHCR).

Universal Background Screening today announced the availability of USACriminalSearch Plus, the next generation of multi-source database available for employment screening purposes – including criminal, sex offender and national security sources. The announcement was made in conjunction with IMAGE 2006, the annual conference of the National Association for Health Care Recruitment (NAHCR) in Boston, where Universal is an exhibitor this week.

Multi-jurisdictional criminal databases have been gaining in popularity with employers as a supplement to traditional county criminal searches, long established as the best practice in background screening. The inclusion of a supplemental database search is becoming the new gold standard for a thorough and complete employment background check.

USA CriminalSearch includes criminal history data from statewide court record repositories for 22 states and department of corrections records for 45 states, resulting in extensive coverage across 45 states plus the District of Columbia. More importantly, this criminal history coverage represents over 94% of the United States population.

When USA CriminalSearch is combined with USA OffenderSearch, Universal’s nationwide sex offender check, and USA SecuritySearch, the company’s fourteen source anti-terrorism and security database, USA CriminalSearch Plus provides an unequaled number of data sources. It includes over 240 million criminal, sex offender and national security records from 320 data sources.

“USA CriminalSearch Plus is the most comprehensive multi-source criminal database of its kind available to employers today,” said Julie Chase, Executive Vice President of Universal Background Screening. “Sources are frequently updated and results are fully compliant with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act and state laws.”

Unlike the results from many multi-jurisdictional criminal databases that can create information overload due to unconfirmed results of common names, Universal Background Screening’s quality assurance team carefully reviews the content of each USA CriminalSearch, positively matching the applicant’s identity to the record before reporting to the employer. The final background check is fully compliant with Section 613 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and contains verified information that managers can use with confidence to make a well-informed hiring decision.

USA CriminalSearch Plus is available immediately from Universal Background Screening. The company is offering qualified employers five free searches to compare USA CriminalSearch Plus to their current screening program. More information about the free trial can be found online at http://www.USACriminalSearch.com.

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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