A frequent misconception about background checks is that there exists a massive, centralized data repository that stores every piece of information the government has ever collected on every person. In truth, information is often incomplete and fragmented between different agencies and non-governmental organizations. Sometimes the data available is simply unreliable.
Furthermore, there is not a universal way to perform a background check, given that the level of depth and scope will vary based on the purpose of the search. The background check for a construction worker will not be the same as that for a high level manager, and a check on an individual will differ greatly from one performed on an organization.
This course will help you make sense of these issues by reviewing the fundamentals of performing background checks, exploring the various types of background checks and the purposes of each and addressing the legal considerations to take into account when performing a background check.
You Will Learn How To:
Recognize when to conduct a background check
Discern the types of records available when executing background checks
Identify a background check policy that improves the quality of your organization’s employees and other business relationships
Examine the major laws that govern background checks including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, various anti-discrimination laws, financial and health privacy laws, considerations for state-specific laws and anti-corruption statutes
Field of study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications
Last updated: July 2016
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Table of Contents:
Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: When to Perform a Background Check
Lesson 3: Developing a Background Check Policy
Lesson 4: Public Records and Data Vendors
Lesson 5: Court and Law Enforcement Records
Lesson 6: Other Government Records
Lesson 7: Credit Reports
Lesson 8: Other Financial Records
Lesson 9: Additional Online Resources
Lesson 10: Reference Checking
Lesson 11: International Background Checks
Lesson 12: The Fair Credit Reporting Act
Lesson 13: Anti-Discrimination Rules
Lesson 14: Financial and Health Privacy Laws
Lesson 15: State-Specific Laws
Lesson 16: Bribery and Anti-Corruption Laws
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