Frequently asked questions

Do I need to obtain permission to run a background check on an applicant?


A release must be signed by your applicant prior to running a background check. A sample form can be found here. Please note, it is your responsibility to ensure that your release form complies with the laws in your jurisdiction. We highly recommend having a lawyer review the forms you use.




What is due diligence?


Taking reasonable and preventative business hiring measures in order to protect your assets and avoid negligent hiring litigation and workplace violence. In today's ever-changing economy, employers are searching even harder to cut costs, streamline operations and get more out of their most important asset, their employees. The right workforce is essential for providing the tools to make a brand successful in today's marketplace. Comprehensive background screening demonstrates due diligence and provides you with a great deal of legal protection.




How can Negligent Hiring affect my business?


Negligent hiring lawsuits can cost businesses millions of dollars when an employer is found to be responsible for their employees’ actions.




What is a consumer report?


Any written, oral, or other communication of any information by a consumer reporting agency bearing on a consumer's credit worthiness, credit standing, credit capacity, character, general reputation, personal characteristics, or mode of living which is used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing the consumer's eligibility for employment purposes.




Do I need to provide DRI with the signed consent form the applicant allowing our company to order pre-employment screening?


No, but the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires that your applicants must express written permission for you to access any of their information, and it is necessary that you keep this signed document for review. Occasionally, we may request copies of the signed release forms for audit purposes. Frequently, our sources of information will require that we provide a copy of this written permission to them.





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