Employment Background Checks In South Carolina
All employment screening services including pre-employment drug screening and pre-employment criminal record background checks are available in South Carolina.
National Employment Screening provides professional pre-employment screening services to South Carolina employers to help you protect your employees and clients from the costly effects of making a “Bad Hire.”
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 South Carolina statutes have been located that specifically restrict an employers ability to obtain and/or use arrest records.
No South Carolina statutes have been located that restrict an employers ability to obtain and/or use conviction records.
We provide employment screening services for employers in all South Carolina cities including Greensville, Spartanburg, Columbia, Myrtle Beach and others.
South Carolina employment screening law: Giving Employment References in South Carolina
The state of South Carolina has sought to provide protection to employers giving references on previous employees.
Section 41-1-65 of the South Carolina Code of Laws addresses this situation and provides, in part: Unless otherwise provided by law, an employer who responds in writing to a written request concerning a current employee or former employee from a prospective employer of that employee shall be immune from civil liability for disclosure of the following information to which an employee or former employee may have access:
(1) written employee evaluations;
(2) official personnel notices that formally record the reasons for separation;
(3) whether the employee was voluntarily or involuntarily released from service and the reason for the separation; and
(4) information about job performance.
(D) This protection and immunity shall not apply where an employer knowingly or recklessly releases or discloses false information.
South Carolina employment screening law: At Will employment Law-South Carolina
In the Palmetto state, as in most states, employees not working under an employment contract are deemed to be “at will.”
At-will employees may be terminated for any reason, so long as it’s not illegal. There are numerous illegal reasons for termination.
Typically such reasons fall into one of two large categories: illegal discrimination or illegal termination in violation of a public policy.
Generally, employees who work under an employment contract can only be terminated for reasons specified in the contract.
Please note that Federal law mandates background checks for employees who are engaged in particular industries.
The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services maintains a list of individuals who are excluded from participation in any of its federally-funded healthcare programs.
Exclusions are due to convictions for program-related fraud and patient abuse, licensing board actions and default on health education assistance loans.
Therefore, employers in affected industries should check the OIG Exclusion list before hiring employees who might work in such programs.
The FACIS® program is also very important when screening medical personnel. Click Here for more information on FACIS®.
Terms and Conditions
A non-refundable fee of $25.00 will be charged for a South Carolina criminal records check. Most major credit/debit cards are accepted. An additional $1.00 convenience fee is required for online background searches. The convenience fee does not apply to mail-in requests. SLED does not retain any portion of the convenience fee.
SLED CATCH allows you to view and print criminal records information from South Carolina ONLY. National criminal records checks are allowed only where specifically authorized by law. Information on Wanted Persons is not included in a SLED CATCH report. Results of a SLED CATCH arrest report is supported by submissions of fingerprints taken by a law enforcement agency or detention facility pursuant to Section 23-3-120.
SLED CATCH requires an exact match on subject’s last name, first initial, and date of birth to retrieve a result. Social Security Number will be searched, if provided.
If the name and date of birth on the subject’s criminal record differ from the one provided in the search criteria, such as in the use of aliases, it may result in a false negative or false positive result. Fingerprints may be the only way to identify a record subject in this case.
The results of a SLED CATCH can differ from those of a fingerprint-based search for this reason. SLED only conducts fingerprint based background checks when required by statute.
Charitable organizations that meet requirements set forth by state statute are eligible for a reduced fee of $8.00. Also pursuant to statute, criminal records checks for prospective teachers and substitute teachers are provided to local school districts without charge.
SLED also accepts requests for criminal records checks by mail. There is no convenience fee for mail-in requests. Accepted payment methods are: business check, certified check, cashier’s check, or money order. Personal checks and cash will NOT be accepted.
The Criminal Records Check Form, proper payment, and a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) may be mailed to SLED Records Department, PO Box 21398 Columbia SC 29221-1398.
If the criminal records check is required to be notarized or certified, you must specifically state that the results must be notarized and/or certified.
SLED CATCH is a name-based search only. Fingerprint-based searches are the most reliable method and the least likely to result in a false positive or false negative result.
S.C. criminal records information should be handled carefully and used only for appropriate purposes. Subjects have a right to correct erroneous criminal records information pertaining to them.
Information on persons residing or working in S.C. who have been convicted of sex offenses (in any state) may be accessed free of charge through the S.C. Sex Offender Registry
Anytime a search result returns multiple subjects, a Special Processing Required message will be returned.
If you have questions concerning the results of your inquiry, please call the SLED Public Dissemination Unit at 803.896.1446. If you are having technical problems, please call our Help Desk at 803.896.8588 or email to
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