When applying for a new job the company may request a background check for safety and security purposes there are instances whereby screening may be required by state or federal law as the current issues on security has increased and the number of background reports conducted.
In many ways this is intrusive for employees as well as applicants but nowadays employers need to be cautious about who they employ. There are several reasons why an employer wants a background report such as:
Employers no longer rely on their instincts as negligent hiring lawsuits are on the rise.
Schools and Day care centers are caution due to child abductions and child abuse and even the volunteers are screened.
Terrorist activities that took place in September 2001 have heightened identity verification and security check by employers.
Resume fraud is also on the increase.
Corporate executive and directors also face having background reports done due to corporate scandals.
Federal law states that background reports be conducted for anyone who works with children, disabled or elderly people. Federal government jobs require extensive investigation for security clearance. These checks can range from verification of social security numbers, employees acquaintances and life history. Some employers have even taken security a step further by searching popular network web sites.
Government agencies create these public records and one can check out the different sources such as credit records, vehicle registration, criminal records, education records, bankruptcy, character reference, medical records and drug testing records as well as various others. There are set national standards for employment screening.
However there are limits and in order to find out the limit for reporting criminal records in your state you need to contact your state agency and employment affairs office. Employees do have certain rights pertaining to their private lives.