BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR EMPLOYEES
PFC provides background checks for private individuals who are hiring an employee for their family. Whether it is a nanny, senior caregiver, housekeeper, doula, personal assistant, chef, babysitter, house-sitter, tutor, or dog walker, PFC is able to conduct comprehensive background checks. PFC has been providing background checks for families since 1987.
While there are hundreds of online background screening companies that offer nationwide, instant, and cheap background checks, what is actually being sold is a false sense of security. PFC combines an old-fashioned concern for quality with cutting edge technology to provide comprehensive and accurate background checks.
The PFC Difference
- Information quality is what sets PFC apart from many pre-employment background screening companies. We have our own network of professional court researchers who we dispatch to courthouses throughout the U.S. In addition, we subscribe directly to many state databases, and we also utilize premium commercial databases for our background checks. We do not use vendors that offshore background checks or processing.
- The background checks generated by many of the large online firms are essentially untouched by human hands. Much of the data is gathered robotically via web-scraping technology. Once the client enters the data, there is no quality review or analysis to determine whether the information identified is valid. Consequently, there are frequently false positives and false negatives. At PFC, we are involved in each step in the process, from data entry, to analysis, to report preparation. In April 2012, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) published a scathing criticism of the level of inaccuracies and lack of accountability of the background screening industry. This article can be found at http://www.nclc.org/issues/broken-records.html. According to the report:
With the explosive growth of this industry, it is essential that the “Wild West” of employment screening be reined in so that consumers are not guilty until proven innocent. Currently, lack of accountability and incentives to cut corners to save money mean that consumers pay for inaccurate information with their jobs and, thus, their families’ livelihood.
- Our clients are able to call us and speak to a knowledgeable staff member whenever there is a question about a background check. We proactively contact our clients if we happen to have a question regarding a request they have submitted. In addition, if we are advised by one of our court runners that there is a possible criminal record on a candidate, we immediately contact the client to give them advance notification.
- Our reports clearly define what was checked, where the records were searched, over what period of time, and the results are described in plain English. Each report is individually prepared by PFC.
Felony and misdemeanor records can be researched anywhere in the U.S. In some states the checks must be conducted at the county level, while statewide checks are available in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. Please note: Each criminal record check includes ONE name in ONE jurisdiction. Additional checks are $50 per name and per jurisdiction. The exception is New York (statewide), which is $85 per name.This is due to the cost of record searches established by the New York Administrative Office of the Courts.
The Social Security Number Verification is not a check of the Social Security Administration's databases, but a search of credit bureau and public records databases to determine what name or names are associated with the usage of a particular Social Security number. A comprehensive address history is also included. Furthermore, this search provides information regarding when and where the Social Security number was issued. This search can be extremely useful in determining whether the applicant's number is valid, and where civil and criminal records checks should be conducted. In addition, this search provides fact-based data that enables employers to determine whether or not the résumé correlates with the address history. If there are discrepancies noted, this would constitute a red flag.
A nationwide search for any open, extraditable warrants pertaining to the subject.
This is a national search of the U.S. Justice Department’s Sex Offender Registry. All 50 states are included.
Civil Protective Orders are also called Restraining Orders or Stay-Away Orders. This search checks for civil protective orders filed against the candidate or filed by the candidate against another individual. Restraining orders are frequently filed in the context of domestic disputes. However, restraining orders may be filed against the subject by other parties, such as former employers. CPOs will be searched in the locations where the subject has resided during the last two years. Note: it is not always possible to determine the relevance of a restraining order, particularly when the name is common.
This check provides a search of multiple criminal record sources, including some state and county criminal repositories, a proprietary database of felonies and misdemeanors, and prison parole and release records. While this check provides access to millions of criminal records, it is not a true nationwide search. This search is available only in conjunction with a state or county criminal check and is not available as a stand-alone product, as it does not meet the standard of a premium information source. PFC does not report any criminal records retrieved from this database without first verifying the information.
DMV reports can be obtained in every state. Generally, violations remain on the driving record for 3 years, although convictions for serious offenses are reported for 5 years or more, depending on the state. Convictions for DUI or “wet reckless” are of critical importance, as they can point to substance abuse problems.
The Federal Courthouse Search includes information regarding criminal records at the U.S. District Courts. Federal crimes include money laundering, drug trafficking, kidnapping, counterfeiting, racketeering, and crimes committed across state lines. This search also includes a nationwide search for bankruptcy records.
Package A includes all of the à la carte services listed above, covering all names and locations identified during the past 7 or 10 years, depending on relevant laws. Turnaround time is typically 3-5 business days. You will be notified immediately if there are any delays, or if something significantly derogatory comes up.
Package B includes the SSN Verification, Driving Record, National Sex Offender Registry, National Criminal File, and Criminal Check. Note that the Criminal Check covers up to two jurisdictions and two names associated with those locations. Additional criminal checks may be added to this package, if desired. See Criminal Records pricing above. Turnaround time is typically 2-3 business days. You will be notified immediately if there are any delays, or if something significantly derogatory comes up. Note: If New York is one of the locations that you would like searched, there is an additional fee of $25. This is due to the cost of record searches established by the New York Administrative Office of the Courts.
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