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What a Contractor Background Check Covers

Background Screening | August 20, 2021
Contractor Background Check

When working with an extended workforce or vendor network, you want a background check that meets the unique challenges that come with having geographically dispersed contractorsYou might be wondering what a contractor background check covers, and who better to ask than the compliance experts at PlusOne Solutions?

Using a comprehensive contractor background check is critical to your organization’s contractor compliance program. While an employment background check may be a familiar term to you, a background check for contractors working in your network needs to address some of the more specialized needs and priorities you have as an organization utilizing an extended workforce.

Why Is a Contractor Background Check Important?

An employment relationship comes with direct supervision, employment agreements and handbooks that outline behavior, and overall a closer relationship that won’t exist within the service contract relationship with an individual. When working with contractors that work in service networks, it is not unusual for your organization to never have direct interaction with the contractors.

At the same time, those contractors will likely be in very close contact with your organization’s customers – especially in the in-home service industry. With this knowledge, it’s easy to see why a contractor background check is so important.

What a Contractor Background Check from PlusOne Solutions Covers


Identity Verification

A background check for your contractor wouldn’t be comprehensive if the personal information and identifiers of the contractor were inaccurate. Some people use multiple names throughout their lifetime, and our contractor background checks contain a Person/Identity Search that verifies identity using a wide variety of sources, including:

This search will provide our team with additional associated names, and addresses for the individual, confirm their date of birth, and other details that could lead to additional searches.

Criminal and Driver Record Searches

When you want to ensure that your customers are safe in their workplaces, homes, and communities, you need a contractor background check that will examine the criminal, sex-offender, and driving records of your contractors. This also protects your organization from reputational and legal risks. At PlusOne Solutions, we utilize an exhaustive list of services to obtain these records, including:

Depending on the service scope of the contractor in question, some of these searches may not be necessary. For further reading, this page offers a more in-depth analysis of the sources utilized in the background screening process.

An Appeal ProcessContractor Background Check

The results of a contractor background check are not an absolute determination of whether the individual is suitable for the role they are being considered for. As an additional step, it’s important to allow for an appeal to be made as part of the screening process.

An appeal gives the individual a chance to provide additional information that relates to the results of their background check, including circumstances that affected their criminal history, actions they have taken to restore and rehabilitate their life, and any other factors that they think should be considered when determining whether or not they will be selected for the role as a contractor.

Continuous Criminal Monitoring

When conducting a contractor background check for the individuals in your vendor network, more traditional background check methods will either only examine the records of the individual before the beginning of the contract, or at the beginning of the contract, and then at regular intervals throughout the duration of the contract.

A continuous criminal monitoring strategy like that offered by PlusOne Solutions will not allow criminal issues like assault, DUI, and theft to go undetected by the organizations that utilize an extended workforce. To learn more about what we have to offer, contact us today.

Contents are provided for information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Users are reminded to seek legal counsel with respect to their obligations and use of PlusOne Solutions services.

About PlusOne Solutions

PlusOne Solutions has been an industry leader in the risk management field by specializing in compliance programs that meet the complex challenges of geographically dispersed contractors, vendors, and employee networks. PlusOne Solutions protects companies from possible financial, legal, and reputational risks associated with contractor and vendor relationships while creating safer work environments. To learn more, visit our website.

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