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What is a Consent to Background and Reference Check?
When your prospective employee signs a Consent to Background and Reference Check, you'll have their permission to confirm the information they provided on their job application and check their references. The Consent clearly explains what you plan to check and how you'll gather that information. A signed Consent to Background and Reference Check protects you and your company if an applicant later claims you unfairly invaded their privacy. If you choose, you can also get permission to run a criminal background check. Not all types of employment need to run a criminal background checks, but if it's relevant to the job (e.g. a security guard), you'll have the option to include it in your Consent to Background and Reference Check.
When to use a Consent to Background and Reference Check:
- You're an employer who wants permission to run a background check on information a prospective employee provided.
- You'd like to check to see if an applicant has a criminal record.
- You're going to speak about an applicant's past job performance with their former employers.
- You want to protect your company against future claims of invasion of privacy from employees or prospective employees.