Useful Articles Assisting In Decision Making


Key Differences between In-House and Outsourced

Background Checks

If you or your company perform background checks on tenant or employment applicants, it is important to decide whether in-house or outsourced background checks are right for you.

First, what is the difference between in-house versus outsourced background screening? Click on


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Statistics on

Workers' Compensation Claims

According to the National Academy of Social Insurance, an estimated total of $62,307,000,000 in Workers’ compensation payments were made to civilian employees in 2014.

Workers’ compensation provides medical care, rehabilitation, and cash benefits for workers who are injured on the job or who contract work-related illnesses. It also pays benefits to families of workers who die of work-related causes. Click on

Worker's Compensation

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How can I verify a candidate’s current or past income when

employment verifications

don’t release salary?

Whether you are running a pre-employment screening or a tenant background check, you will probably find that it is important for you to know what your applicant’s salary or income is. For employers, it is good to know how past companies valued your applicant, and if you are offering a competitive rate. For apartments, property managers, landlords, or creditors, it is very important for you know how much your applicant’s income is before you make an offer; otherwise, how can you ensure they will pay their rent or debt to you? Clieck on


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Online Databases: What is falling through the cracks?

If you want to know something in the information age, it is usually right at your fingertips. Since we are one web search away from knowing the life expectancy of a bob cat or the proper way to install hardwood flooring, it may come as a surprise that criminal records aren’t as readily available. Click on

Online Databases

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Batch Ordering available for




or creditor-related

consumer reports

Who can do it, how does it work, and what is the cost?

If you order a high volume of employment, tenant, or creditor-related consumer reports on a daily, weekly, monthly or even annual basis, batch ordering may be something that has crossed your mind. Whether it is 10 reports you are ordering or 100, attaching all authorization and application files to an e-mail or sending them through a fax machine and then waiting for the reports to be completed on your InstaScreen user interface can be frustrating – especially if you are on a time crunch. Click on

Consumer Reports

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So-Called “Free”

Background Screening

When looking for a background screening service on any given search engine, what comes up time and time again in your search are the advertisements for so-called “free” background checks. This begs the question: why pay a background screening company, such as AAA Credit Screening, for their services, when you could simply pull a free report off of one of these websites? Listing their services as free and easy to use, wherein you can initiate a full search right off the homepage, these websites make it seem like a background check is just a simple click away! Click on

Background Screening

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How far back does a

criminal record check


When you are looking for a criminal record check for your employee, you may be curious as to how far back these searches go. The answer may be more complicated than you would think. The variables include mostly whether or not your criminal reports are outsourced to a consumer reporting agency, such as AAA Credit Screening, what position you are hiring for, and the employment state or county. Click on

Criminal Record Check

to read more.

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Differences between Federal and National

Criminal Reports

What is the difference between a Federal Criminal Report and a Nationwide Criminal Report? While these two reports sound like they would contain the same or similar information, the information contained in them is very different. Click on

Criminal Reports

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Know what employers CAN and CAN'T find out about applicants!

Violence, theft and criminal activity have become greater risks in the workplace, which necessitates the task of pre- employment screening and employee background checks. That's why employers are taking interest in performing criminal background checks in addition to asking about criminal records on job applications. In fact, employers who fail to take reasonable precautions about those they hire can be sued if an employee with a criminal background harms someone.  A Background Check Company relieves the employer of this time-consuming task by providing data regarding employment and pre-employment screening services in an easy, prompt and expedient manner. READ MORE

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The More You Know...

Drug Testing

How your company is losing money by employing a drug abuser:

  • The medical costs of an employee that uses drugs is 300% higher which increases insurance rates –(US Chamber of Commerce)
  • Worker’s Comp claims are 5 times more likely to be filed by drug users – (US Dept of Labor)
  • Roughly 30% - 50% of all Workers Comp claims are related to drug abuse in the work place – (US Dept of Labor)
  • Drug Abuse/Addiction will likely cause an employee to only function at about 67% of his/her capacity – (National Institute on Drug Addiction)
  • On average a drug abusing employee is 3 times more likely to be tardy to their shift and have an absentee rate of 30-35 days per year – (US Dept of Labor)

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    Drug Testing

    to find out more
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10 Commonly Asked Questions About

Employment Screening

  1. Why is there not a score on the credit report?

    Employment Credit Reports contain consumer identifiers, address information, employment information, other names used, public record information, and credit history showing how financial obligations are handled. There is not a credit score because it is illegal for a credit score to be provided for employment purposes.
  2. Why does it take up to 3 days for employment verifications?

    Employment verifications are done by phone, fax, or email and does require a response from current/previous employer. We will attempt to make contact to obtain information for at least 3 business days. Click on

    Employment Screening

    to read more.
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Utilize Our Online

Background Check

Reports So You Can Better Protect Your Business!

It’s impossible to see into the future and know exactly how everything is going to turn out. Although a crystal ball would come in handy for businesses when hiring, there are ways to improve the chances of hiring someone who will make a positive impact rather than a negative one. By performing a comprehensive online background check on job candidates, businesses can improve their chances of hiring a winner. Click on

Backround Checks

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Employment Screening

Adverse Action

As an employer, navigating employment laws can be a tricky endeavor. Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act adds to those headache inducing, pain staking chances of making mistakes that opens your company up to litigation. The FCRA has specific guidelines that must be followed when you are considering not hiring an applicant called Adverse Action that applies when you have utilized a background screening company. Cick on

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Using Reports - Landlords and Property Managers

If you are a landlord or a property manager who wants to check credit report to evaluate rental applications can use tenant consumer reports as long as you follow the provisions of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The FCRA is designed to assure privacy of consumer report and to guarantee that information provided by Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRA) are precise and accurate as possible. The FCRA requires landlords who deny a lease based on applicant's consumer report to provide the applicant with an "adverse action notice". Clieck on

Property Management

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How can you find

previous addresses

or counties without asking the applicant to write them down? The answer may be simpler than you think.

If you’re an employer or landlord with some applicant-screening savvy, you’ll know that county criminal reports are the most accurate and up-to-date records of criminal history that you can find. While county criminal reports may take a few business days to complete, the non-instant turnaround time is compensated for by the detail and precision of information found on the record. Click on

Prior Address

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Tenant Screening

– Why you will now want

eviction records

Beginning July 1, 2017 the 3 major credit bureaus will enact their National Consumer Assistance Plan (NCAP) and make some major changes to what will be reported on credit reports. The credit bureaus will remove most tax liens and civil judgments from credit reports, making it much harder to determine if your applicant has been evicted through the court system or if they haven’t been paying their taxes. Click on

Eviction Records

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Why do

background screening

companies use court documents instead of social media or Google to perform their screens?

Using entities like Facebook and Google can result in discrepancies between a person’sfactual history and the information provided online. Online records can also confuse the identiy of those who a background screening is being conducted on, as they may have common names or even have relatives in which they share a name with. Click on

Court Records

for more information.

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Dealing with

Perscription Drug Abuse

in the Worplace

Drug testing is an important part of pre-employment screening as well as random testing during an employee's tenure at the company. Generally drug screening tests only look for illegal drugs, but in recent history the use and abuse of perscription medications have increased negative effects in the workplace. READ MORE