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Is Your Company Ready for E-Verify?

Posted in Frequently Asked Questions on 05/01/2009

E-Verify is an internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.  Executive Order 12989, as amended by former President George W. Bush, requires certain…

What is the Background Screening Process at BackTrack?

Posted in Frequently Asked Questions on 03/04/2009

We frequently get these questions from new clients, how do I send my background screening request to BackTrack, what happens to my background screening report once BackTrack receives it, how will I know when my report is ready?  The answers are simple. Once your standard procedures have been established, all…

What is the Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?

Posted in Frequently Asked Questions on 01/12/2009

A common question we hear from our clients is “What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?”  Felonies are generally viewed as more serious in nature than misdemeanors, and both felonies and misdemeanors are classified as crimes.  A common general definition of a felony is a crime for…

International Verifications?

Posted in Frequently Asked Questions on 10/06/2008

BackTrack is able to perform international verifications, and we have had success in obtaining this information for our clients, especially when we have had specific and current information on where and who to contact.  Your applicants can be an invaluable source in assisting us in verifying this information by providing…

How Do I Order a Background Check?

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How may I order a background check on my applicants?  How hard it this to do? At BackTrack, we have the capability to receive reports four ways: using our online application; integration with various applicant tracking systems (ATS); via fax; or via email. BackTrack has created an online application that…

Individual Services vs. Packages?

Posted in Frequently Asked Questions on 09/05/2008

What is the best value for my company?  Should I order individual services or should I order packages?  The answer depends on what you want to accomplish with your screening program. Do you want to verify employments or educations?  Do you have several services that you would like to order…

What Should Be on My Employment Application?

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We frequently get the question from clients – “What should be included on our employment application?” or “What does BackTrack need for screening our applicants?”  We recommend that you design an application with your legal department to be sure that it meets the legal requirements for your state, but some…

Employment Applications vs. Resumes?

Posted in Frequently Asked Questions on 06/09/2008

Many times our clients ask us:   which is better –  an employment application or a resume?  While a resume usually is easier to read, an employment application usually provides much more information for a background check.  Employment applications usually have a spot to list a supervisor’s name, a reason for…

Are Background Checks Legal?

Posted in Frequently Asked Questions on 05/07/2008

We frequently get the question from potential clients – Are background checks legal?  A straightforward answer is – Yes, they are.  The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) defines how background checks should be conducted and used in the pre-employment screening industry.  The FCRA must be used in conjunction with state…

Do You Google Your Applicants?

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The Internet has become a wonderful tool in many different ways.  We can find out pretty much anything we want to know from anywhere around the world.  Want to know what the weather is currently like where you are going on vacation?  Look it up on the Internet.  Want to…