should you run a background check on youselfShould you run a Background Check on yourself?

Have you ever considered running a background check on yourself? Are you curious to see what might be out there in terms of criminal records or other information that could show up as adverse on a pre-employment background check? Many people want to know what a prospective employer will find out about them before they authorize a pre-employment background check.  Will that nasty divorce or false arrest show up? We get calls on this topic all the time.

Here are some tips to consider if you are concerned:

  • Arrest records are not reportable in many states (California being one of them)*
  • Criminal records without convictions are not reportable in most states (California being one of them)**
  • Family Law Matters including divorces, custody battles and temporary restraining orders are not reportable***
  • Minor violations found on a driving record (accidents & tickets) can be reportable but are not obstacles to hire under new “Ban the Box” rules.
  • If you elect to run a background check on yourself you might uncover information that is not reportable to an employer.
  • Employers run all different types of background screening packages, some are very limited and others are more in depth. There isn’t a set standard that an employer must follow.

If you have a pre-employment background check run on yourself, please keep in mind that you are entitled to a copy of the report and you are entitled to contest the findings if you believed the records found do not pertain to you. If you want to contest any records, you should notify the prospective employer and the background screening company right away.

*If your employer conducts LiveScan background checks the information reported is less restrictive.  For instance, a Live Scan will show arrest records and criminal cases that did not result in a conviction and reporting dates as far as convictions go are less limited.
**California based employers can only see convictions going back 7 years from the disposition date.
*** Permanent restraining orders resulting from criminal activity can be reportable.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.