Background Checks for Household Employees
There are a number of background checks you should run before hiring a worker for your home. Before conducting background checks, it’s advisable to obtain prior written consent through a signed release from the job candidate.
Also, you must be careful not to discriminate against a candidate according to the law.
Ready? Here’s what you should check and what they can tell you.
A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) check is very important for any applicant. A DMV check reveals the driving history of the applicant and any alcohol or drug-related incidents.
Check that the applicant’s Social Security number is assigned to that person and make sure they are not fraudulently using someone else’s number. In addition, a potential employer may verify the applicant’s current or prior addresses through the Social Security Administration.
Demonstrates an applicant’s financial performance and allows you to judge their responsibility. According to the U.S. Fair Credit Report Act, if you use credit reporting as part of your background investigation, then you must provide the applicant with a copy and summary of their credit report if you reject them for employment.
Show an applicant’s criminal activity and helps you prevent negligent hiring. Check at the county, state, and federal levels.
Presents any drug use by the applicant.
Helps guide you in determining whether an applicant will be a good fit for your children and family, other household employees or the senior they may have in their care.
Sex Offender/Child Abuse Registry
Lists any person charged with crimes involving children.
When a professional designation is required for your position, check whether the applicant possesses the necessary designation or certification.
Higher Education Verification
Confirm your applicant completed their courses of study or attained their degree as stated on their application.
Verify whether the applicant has a criminal history.
Verify past employment locations and dates, as well as the accuracy of their work history.
Online and Social Media
Review your candidate’s public social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Conducting an online search for your candidate may also provide background information about your applicant.
Background Checks Services
GTM Payroll Services can help you screen candidates for your position by conducting a comprehensive background screening of your potential employee including a Social Security check, credit check, driver’s license check, criminal conviction search and drug testing. Learn more.