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Background Checks

A background check is used by employers to learn more about a potential employee. It consists of a criminal history, previous education, credit score and medical records. Under federal law, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, companies that supply background checks must ensure that they are one hundred percent accurate. Otherwise, prospective job candidates may not be hired.

Companies that perform background checks don't always include disposition data though, which reveals whether charges against an individual were dismissed or upheld. If you notice that you are denied multiple jobs you are otherwise qualified for, order a background check to confirm the information is accurate and up-to-date.

Although a great deal of information is in a background check, in accordance with the Federal Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the following cannot be included:

  • Paid tax liens more than seven years old
  • Accounts referred to a collection agency more than seven years old
  • Bankruptcies that were processed more than 10 years ago
  • Civil suits, judgments, or records of arrest (from date of entry) that were filed more than seven years ago