BackChecked Integrates with Adobe EchoSign’s Electronic Signatures

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Pre-employment screening system provider, BackChecked, is the first in its industry to support electronic signatures through Adobe EchoSign integration.

BackChecked, a leading platform provider to background screening agencies, today announced an integration with the Adobe EchoSign electronic signature solution. The announcement came after a 90-day production test, during which two BackChecked powered screening agencies allowed job applicants to authorize background checks on computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, all utilizing the Adobe EchoSign solution.

Federal law dictates that a background check cannot be performed until the job applicant has been properly notified and has responded with a written authorization. With everything else in human resources being done online today, electronic signatures would seem to be the obvious answer. BackChecked president, John Kloos, says that it's not that simple. "Federal laws regarding a job applicant's consent and authorization were not developed with electronic signatures in mind," Kloos explains. "As an increasing number of state-specific regulations come into play, background screening agencies and employers find themselves struggling to stay compliant in an environment that is no longer wet signature friendly."

The BackChecked integration with Adobe EchoSign allows a background screening agency to create any number of unique, actionable, online forms, then assign them to specific employers. Depending on the need, job applicants can authorize forms when notified by email or sign the documents as they enter their own background data. Adobe EchoSign manages the secure signature process, stores the document and forwards a signed copy to all parties. A comprehensive audit trail, listing all events and actions taken by the participants is stored together with the document.

As part of the process, documents are immediately and permanently attached to the order in the BackChecked system, allowing the background screening agency to monitor compliance and present the document when required. Both participants in the production test reported excellent acceptance of the documents by previous employers, schools and professional licensing agencies, all of which require proof of authorization.

According to Kloos, complexity and compliance factors were not the only concerns that drove BackChecked to begin evaluating third-party solutions in late 2013. "We went looking for a partner that was dedicated to the electronic signature market and certain to remain a leading innovator, as technology evolves," he recalled. "It didn't take long for us to realize how much value Adobe EchoSign brings to the table, in terms of both name recognition and the actual solution. Of course, the real gem is an API that allows us to incorporate so many of their standard options. It's exactly what our customers need right now and we're confident it will remain so in the future."

Adobe EchoSign Director of Product Management, Mangesh Bhandarkar, is pleased to see that the company's electronic signature offering is having an impact in background screening. "This is a great specific use-case that demonstrates the benefit of EchoSign’s eSignature solution within HR. By expediting the process of vetting new employees and enabling a quicker on-boarding process EchoSign is ultimately contributing to the company’s bottom line and helping them win the talent war,” he commented. "We look forward to seeing it take hold and grow."

About BackChecked

BackChecked LLC is an independent software company, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 2002, the company is dedicated, exclusively, to the task of providing state of the art systems technology to growing background screening firms. For further information on the company and its products, visit or send email to

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