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Our Contractor Background Check Services from The Contractor’s Perspective

Background Screening | May 12, 2023
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As a contractor who services, supports, delivers, repairs, or installs products for another organization, you may be asked to complete a background check at some point. The reason for this process is to ensure the organization you are contracting with can ascertain if there is any operational, legal, reputational, or financial risk to that engagement.

As a contractor, you are representing their company and product and customers have expectations that the organization knows who is being contracted on their behalf. It is important to note that each organization may have its policy on this topic and may require different components in a background search. The purpose of this blog is to outline some of the more consistent experiences a contractor can expect from the background check process.

What is Included in Background Checks for Contractors?

The purpose of the background check is to protect the organization and the process should be consistent across all contractors who hold similar roles. Organizations should be ordering the same type of searches on every individual and these may include criminal background checks, sex offender checks, identity verification, and possibly, driver record searches. It is important to note that just because you have driving issues or a criminal record does not mean you will not be considered for the contracted work. The organization should have established criteria to determine which types of information will be relevant and may have an adverse impact on the contracting relationship. Depending on what is in your background may impact if you feel confident and comfortable or a little anxious or nervous.

As you go through the process, there should be an opportunity to ask questions so you can understand what the requirements are. This can be done to your employer directly, maybe in the contract your company has with the organization, or maybe even by calling the background check provider. The key thing to remember is the background check process is regulated in the United States under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, (FCRA), and because of that, as an individual, you have rights.

What to Expect from Your Background Check

In compliance with the FCRA, when you are asked to complete a background check there are some specific steps you can expect. Depending on the process, the following steps may involve your direct employer, or you may be sent to a vendor website for some of this information. The steps you can expect are:

While the above may seem quite cumbersome and lots of steps, the process is done all the time and flows very smoothly in most cases. As an individual being asked to go through the process, feel free to ask questions about it and do what you can to take the stress out of the experience. Background screening is a very common practice and is standard in most industries these days. Contact us today if you have any questions or would like to discuss our background screening options.

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

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