Due to the high expectation of protection, integrity and safety, Churches have significant liability when it comes to the people placed in positions of trust by the church.
A thorough background check is the primary protection employed by churches to shield the church from liabilities arising from the actions of employees and volunteers associated with the church.
The cost is very small when considering the possible liability.
Turn around times are typically same day to next day in most cases.
Our criminal records Smart Search Plus® has become the industry standard for a quality criminal records background check.
It includes an unlimited check of the Federal criminal records repositories in the states where the applicant has lived for the past 7 years.
It also includes a check of any needed state and county criminal records checks as well as a social security number address history trace, a multi-state criminal records database search and a check of of the sex offender registry in all 50 states.
It is the criminal records background check now chosen by most of our clients. For a brief overview of all of our employment screening services, please Click Here
No Church or religious organization can afford to be without this protection.
The negative consequences of a single act by an individual can bring great trauma to the victims of sexual misconduct or assault but also serious harm to the greater church from which it may never fully recover.
The financial impact alone can be huge but many other factors should also be considered such as the stress of litigation and the negative impact of bad publicity on the church’s leaders and the congregation as well.
Remember, the church’s best defense and sometimes its only defense is having done a proper employment screening background check.
There are numerous regulations about what information you are allowed to access, under what circumstances you are allowed to access that information, and which information can legally be used in a hiring decision.
As with any other employer:
You may not:
Access the wrong information,
Get the appropriate permission from the person concerned,
Properly notify a person of a negative decision based on information discovered.
Protect the confidentiality of the information.
You may not:
Make a decision on data that was excluded by law for the type of position for which the person was being considered.
The church also must comply with data security and record retention requirements and needs to fully comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) as well as any other state laws which have jurisdiction not only over credit information, but other types of personal data as well.
All of our reports are FCRA compliant.
We Also Offer Pre-Employment Drug Screening.
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