Video:What's in a Background Check?with Alison Doyle
Future employers often times do a background check as part of the hiring process, and there's some information that cannot be disclosed without your consent. Here, see what information isn't released during a background check.See Transcript
Transcript:What's in a Background Check?When employers check your background as part of the hiring process, there is some information that cannot be disclosed without your consent.
Information That Isn't Released During a Background CheckHere's the information that is considered private and not available to employers without your written permission, along with details on what employers are able to access without your consent.
Not Released During a Background Check: School RecordsSchool records, including high school, college, and continuing education, are confidential and cannot be released without the consent of the student.
Not Released During a Background Check: BankruptcyJob seekers are not supposed to be discriminated against because of a bankruptcy filing. However, bankruptcies are on the public record, so, it is easy for employers to obtain the information.
Not Released During a Background Check: Credit ReportsEmployers, can with your permission, check your credit history as part of the job application process and what they discover can be an issue for job seekers. Before a company can run a credit report for employment purposes, they must notify you in writing and get your written authorization.
Not Released During a Background Check: Criminal RecordsLaws vary on checking criminal history depending on your state of residence. Some states don't allow questions about arrests or convictions beyond a certain point in the past. Others only allow consideration of criminal history for certain positions.
Not Released During a Background Check: Medical Records and DisabilityCompanies cannot request medical records and may not make hiring decisions based on an applicant's disability. However, employers can inquire about your ability to perform a job. The same is the case with Worker's Compensation. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a qualified applicant with a disability.
Not Released During a Background Check: Military RecordsThe U.S. military can disclose your name, rank, salary, assignments and awards without your consent.
Not Released During a Background Check: Driving RecordsDriving records are not confidential either and can be released without consent.
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